Sepang Racing Team will field an all-star line-up for the first ever 8 Hours of Sepang round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) on December 13-15, with MotoGP racer and former Moto2 World Champion Franco Morbidelli, Suzuka 8 Hour multiple winner Michael van der Mark and local superstar Hafizh Syahrin joining forces on Yamaha YZF-R1 machinery to take on the team’s home race.
Competing for the first time in an endurance race, but with the backing of former Endurance World Champions Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), the squad will be out for nothing less than glory at the first running of a world championship endurance battle under the brand-new state-of-the-art floodlights at the Sepang International Circuit.
Making his endurace debut, Franco Morbidelli’s record in the MotoGP World Championship with PETRONAS Yamaha SRT means there’s no doubting his speed. Already familiar with both the YZF-R1 bike and with the Sepang circuit, the Italian-Brazilian racer is excited to be able to try something new and to stay sharp during the MotoGP off-season.
Dutchman Michael van der Mark adds a huge wealth of experience to the team, not only as a Yamaha World Superbike race winner but also as one of the most successful racers in the history of the Suzuka 8 Hour. A four-time victor at one of motorsport’s most prestigious races, there’s no questioning his endurance know-how as he joins the squad.
Hafizh Syahrin is no stranger to the Sepang circuit either, hailing from Malaysia and a veteran of countless races in multiple classes at the track. Bringing some local knowledge and familiarity of riding in Sepang’s fierce heat and humidity, the move will also mark a change from his usual MotoGP machinery.
“We’re very excited to have a Sepang Racing Team entry in the first 8 Hours of Sepang. There’s no better way to support Tourism Malaysia’s Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign than this event and our international line-up of riders competing in it. The weekend will be exceptional as it’s the EWC alongside the WTCR – with the worlds of two and four-wheel motorsport sharing the same track on the same weekend. These Races of Malaysia will provide an incredible spectacle of truly international appeal. We have faith that Franco, Michael, Hafizh and YART will deliver and we’re targeting the very top step of the podium.”