Franco Morbidelli will make his endurance debut in December, at the Sepang 8 Hours. The MotoGP Petronas etam rider will compete in the new round of the EWC (taking place from 13 to 15 December) on a team with Michael van der Mark and Hafizh Syahrin. The trio will be wearing team YART colours aboard Yamaha R1 bikes.
"I’m curious to see how an endurance race format suits me, and I’m really looking forward to it - commented Franco - It’s a different thing, it’s something nice, and when Razlan asked me to do it I thought ‘sure, why not?’ The combination of Yamaha and Sepang Racing Team means it should be a strong package, and it’ll be nice to race with a production bike again. Riding bikes is always good for staying in shape, so it’s nice to be able to race in December. I’ve trained with a YZF-R1 before so I’ve got an idea of what to expect, but I’m sure the endurance superbike will be very different. I might make the most of the trip and use it to enjoy a holiday in Malaysia as well.”
Team principal Razlan Razali added: “We’re very excited to have a Sepang Racing Team entry in the first Sepang 8 Hours. There’s no better way to support Tourism Malaysia’s Visit 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.”