The Brazilian finishes the first race of the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup in 13th, despite suffering a crash when leading the contest.
Eric Granado and ONE Energy Racing undertook their first race together in the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup this Sunday, alongside the Spanish GP. The Brazilian had the best pace throughout the weekend, but a crash when leading the contest ended his chances of achieving the win. Granado nevertheless managed to remount to finish in a creditable 13th position and score his first points of the season.
Following an accident in the Moto2 warmup, the MotoE race was postponed until 3:30 PM local time. Off the line, Granado took advantage of his good work on Saturday to start comfortably from pole position. Despite losing the lead on the opening lap, he would regain the spot before the end of it. From there, the Brazilian began to impose his pace, setting the fastest lap of the race and creating distance from his pursuers. However, at the halfway mark he lost the front of his bike at Turn 6 and crashed. Granado would get his bike upright again and re-join the race in time to score points, as the ONE Energy Racing rider crossed the finish line in thirteenth place.
Granado and ONE Energy Racing will next compete in the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup round at the French Grand Prix, from May 14-16th.
1. Alessandro Zaccone 14:33.776
2. Dominique Aegerter +0.419
3. Jordi Torres +0.614
4. Mattia Casadei +4.273
5. Miquel Pons +6.105
13. Eric Granado / ONE Energy Racing +55.429
WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. Alessandro Zaccone 25 points
2. Dominique Aegerter 20 points
3. Jordi Torres 16 points
4. Mattia Casadei 13 points
5. Miquel Pons 11 points
13. Eric Granado / ONE Energy Racing 3 points
Johan Stigefelt – Team Director
“We had a good weekend. Eric [Granado] was the fastest rider in all of the sessions and was at the front in the race. The consistency he had in practice was very good, he had a strong pace and was comfortable. Today was a bit more difficult than yesterday, because of the incident at Turn 6. It was not the result we had hoped for, but Eric has shown that he is fast. We are very happy with the team; we are all working very well and I am convinced that we can be strong again at Le Mans.”
#51 Eric Granado
“I was very fast in preseason and throughout the weekend, we were prepared to fight for the win. We were on the right path and had opened a small gap compared to the rider in second. I was on the limit a bit with my braking, and I released the brake to turn in and lost the front end. Due to the conditions, which were so hot, maybe I was slightly too fast. If we had ridden in cooler conditions in the morning, then this might not have happened, but it is what it is. I feel bad for the team after all of the work we did, but now we have to try harder and stay focused for the next race.”