Eric Granado starts 2021 season in top form

The Brazilian rider tops the combined timesheets from the first two Free Practice sessions of the year, held at Jerez as part of the Spanish GP.

 

Eric Granado and ONE Energy Racing started the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup season in style, leading the way on the combined timesheets on the opening day of the Spanish GP. The Brazilian rider showed his talent at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto Circuit on Friday, dominating both Free Practice sessions. Granado thus confirmed the good feeling that he had in preseason and is shaping up to be the strongest rider on the grid.

The day started well for the ONE Energy Racing rider, as Eric Granado was the fastest man in FP1. His 1:48.057 time, set on the fourth of seven laps, earned him the top spot for only 0.077 seconds.

The afternoon was affected by a red flag that forced the session to a halt shortly after it started. Once it resumed, Eric Granado was again excellent, heading FP2 thanks to a time of 1:48.234. The Brazilian rider added a further 8 laps to his total.

Granado will have one last Free Practice session on Saturday morning, before E-Pole qualifying at 4:05 PM local time.

COMBINED TIMESHEETS

1. Eric Granado / ONE Energy Racing 1:48.057

2. Dominique Aegerter +0.077

3. Miquel Pons +0.400

4. Jordi Torres +0.511

5. Xavi Cardelus +0.539

#51 Eric Granado

“It has been a good day and I’m very happy with the feeling I had with the bike. We had different conditions in the two sessions held today, since it was colder in the morning and the asphalt temperature was a bit lower compared to the afternoon. In FP2 we all suffered a bit, due to the temperatures and also the wind. Because of this, in that session we weren’t able to improve our pace -but I felt good on the bike, which is the important thing. In general, it has been a positive Friday. It is good to be top today, but the big thing is the race on Sunday, so we have to stay focused.
Tomorrow in E-Pole we will give it 100%, since it will be important to be on one of the front rows at the start of the race. This is our goal right now.”