As planned in his training program the JiR Team rider Eric Granado visited the Italian circuit of Mugello last weekend for the FMI Cup. After the practice sessions done on a dry track, following the rain forecasted to arrive on Sunday, the team decided not to run because of the forthcoming CEV race at Aragon.
In Friday’s four sessions and in Saturday’s single session done on a dry track, the Brazilian rider managed to run 53 laps for a total of 277.98 km, enough for Granado to get in touch with one of the most technical circuits in the World Championship. In this instance the rider had the chance to test his Moto2 machine and thus ended the training program that involved him as well as the Misano Circuit the week before in the Italian Cup, when
the young Brazilian ran 40 laps for a total of 169.04 km.
It is now already time to think about the incoming CEV week end, that is about to start today, Friday 25th, at the Aragon circuit. The young Brazilian will race on the official MotoBI, taking another chance to gather experience in this new class.
I’m confident for a good race from Eric this weekend. During the winter season we tested in the most varied weather conditions and this contributed to make Eric learn faster. The working method is the same that we adopt in the World Championship with Johann Zarco as well as both riders having the same technical equipment at their disposal, but of course the experience that the two riders has is different. We tested in Valencia, Jerez, Albacete,
again in Jerez, then three CEV races (Jerez, Navarra and now Aragon) furthermore the Misano and Mugello tests; after this Sunday’s race we will make the needed evaluations. My opinion is that Eric needs to gather experience and learn from the best riders, on the other side we need trust, time and resources. I saw a lot of interest in South America for our sport project, I hope now to get comparable support.
My expectations for this 3rd round of the CEV here in Motorland are to make some further improvements on my MotoBI, starting from the very beginning to understand the reactions of my machine in the corners and to find the best way so suit my riding style to it. This circuit is very interesting because it has some rising corners with fast changes of direction.
My Team has a lot of references of this circuit so I will rely on their experience
and advice to adapt quickly to my machine’s set up at the circuit, in order to make good practice sessions and hopefully start the race as near to the front as possible. My goal is to fight in the race with the leading pack and gain more and more experience to get well prepared for my debut in the World Championship: I know I will race with a highly competitive machine and a well experienced team that will give me full chances to make important growth.
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