The last race of the year, 21 laps of Estoril, would determine the manufacturer's championship, with Kawasaki leading Ducati by eighteen points, leaving both in with a chance of taking it.
World Superbike standings after the final race of 2020 at Estoril:
The ten lap sprint race that would determine the grid for race two this afternoon was cold enough for everyone to opt not to use the SCX superpole race tyre.
World Superbike standings after the sprint race at Estoril:
The WorldSBK organizers issued the following press release after Jonathan Rea won his sixth WorldSBK crown in succession:
Jonathan Rea crowned 2020 WorldSBK Champion
World Superbike standings after the first race at Estoril:
The race would be twenty one laps of Estoril, the shortest track of the year, with a long grid straight. With a track temperature of 29ºC, everyone used the same rear tyre, apart from Loris Baz who opted for the SCX. Sylvain Barrier would not start after a concussion in the Superpole session.
A wave of blue bikes washed out of the pits as World Supersport qualifying opened up with the Yamahas leaving as one. Without qualifying tyres, hot laps can come at any point of the session.
With the championship able to be decided today, World Superbike qualifying at Estoril, the shortest track of the year, also has lap records up for grabs after a 27-year absence. There would be five unrelated crashes in the first half of the session.
In a session where everyone improved on their morning's time, Scott Redding came out on top, ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Loris Baz. Jonathan Rea was fourth-quickest.