With the completion of round eight at the Estoril circuit in Portugal, the 2020 Superbike World Championship draws to a close for the MIE Racing Honda team and riders Takumi Takahashi, who was joined by Brazilian Honda rider Eric Granado at this last Round.
The 10-lap Superpole race brought the day’s first challenge. From row seven of the grid, Takahashi and Granado were able to make up a couple of positions over the course of the short race. Despite being unaccustomed to the sprint format, Granado once again stuck close to his team-mate, the pair ultimately crossing the line in seventeenth and eighteenth position.
As the lights went out for the final race of the season, Granado soon made up a couple of positions to lie seventeenth, followed by Takahashi, nineteenth. Maintaining a fairly constant rhythm, the pair once again followed each other across the line, in reverse order compared to the morning’s race, with Granado finishing sixteenth and Takahashi seventeenth.
The season now completed, Takumi Takahashi places twenty-second in the championship standings, having scored six points throughout the course of the year.