Granado achieves first E-Pole of the season

The ONE Energy Racing rider tops the timesheets for the Spanish GP and sets the best ever lap for a MotoE bike at Jerez.

 

Eric Granado and ONE Energy Racing were the standouts in the first qualifying session of the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup season. The Brazilian claimed pole position – the third of his career – after breaking his own circuit record. Granado had been the fastest rider in all of the previous practice sessions at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto this weekend.

The day began excellently for Granado. In the last of the three Free Practice sessions, he set the best time of the weekend up to that point, with a 1:47.866 on the fourth of his seven laps. Four tenths faster than his nearest rival, it established him as the man to beat in qualifying.

In the first E-Pole session of the season, Granado was the last to hit the track. After riding on the limit, he clocked the quickest time of the session: A 1:47.778, again establishing a new circuit record and putting him on pole by 2 tenths of a second. The ONE Energy Racing rider is the man with the most pole positions in the electric racing competition, with a total of three.

The 8-lap Spanish Grand Prix starts tomorrow at 10:05 AM local time.

QUALIFYING SESSION

1. Eric Granado / ONE Energy Racing 1:47.778
2. Lukas Tulovic +0.234
3. Fermin Aldeguer +0.515
4. Dominique Aegerter +0.595
5. Alessandro Zaccone +0.600

#51 Eric Granado

“I’m really satisfied. We had a great preseason and the feeling with the bike has always been very good; the team have helped me a lot to feel comfortable and go fast. I felt very good in the E-Pole session. I didn’t want to make a mistake, run off-track and lose my lap. I’m very happy with the pole position. Being the fastest in every session gives me a lot of confidence for the race, but what counts is scoring points tomorrow. We have to focus as much as possible to have a good race. I think we may have a large group at the front, and we will have to see how the tires hold up, because in the morning it will not be as hot as in the afternoon; I hope it will be a fast race. I will try to make a good start and keep up the pace that I have shown in practice.”