Podium fightback for Granado in Austria

The One Energy Racing rider battles back from 13th to place second on raceday.

 

After yesterday’s unfortunate E-Pole session, which forced Eric Granado to start from 13th on the grid, the One Energy Racing rider put in a spectacular showing to finish second in Austria, just 8 tenths behind the winner.

The MotoE race was reduced from 7 laps to 5, further hindering the Brazilian’s chances. However, he provided a determined ride that saw him move up to seventh as early as Lap 2. Granado continued to rise up the order, setting the fastest lap of the race on his fourth time around, and made his way up to a brilliant second.

With this result, Granado is second in the FIM MotoE World Cup, just 7 points behind the series leader. The final round of the season will be held in San Marino on September 18-19th, where two races will be contested to decide the title.

RACE

1. Lukas Tulovic +8:06.619
2. Eric Granado / One Energy Racing +0.839
3. Dominique Aegerter +1.145
4. Fermin Aldeguer +1.163
5. Hikari Okubo +1.892

WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. Alessandro Zaccone 80 points
2. Eric Granado / One Energy Racing 73 points
3. Jordi Torres 72 points
4. Dominique Aegerter 69 points
5. Lukas Tulovic 53 points

Johan Stigefelt – Team Director

“It was a good race for Eric [Granado]. It was great to see him battling on the last lap to finish second. Today’s result leaves the championship wide open and we are only 7 points behind the leader, with two races to go. Anything can happen at Misano, so we need to be calm and do our best there, to finish ahead of the championship leader in both races. Today the team and Eric did a great job and we are looking forward to racing at Misano.”

#51 Eric Granado

“Even after yesterday’s E-Pole result, I never gave up and today I gave it my best shot in the race. From the start I began to overtake riders and the feeling on the bike was very good. I think it was the best I felt the entire weekend. We were able to make a great comeback, achieve the third podium of the season and take 20 points that are especially good for the championship. Now we will work hard to be as much as strong possible for the finale in Misano. There will be two exciting races, I’m sure.”