Eric Granado starts his first season in the Superbike World Championship this weekend. The rider, who comes from MotoE, will represent the Petronas MIE Racing Honda Team, having moderate ambitions while ensuring that he will do the best job possible.
Excited about this debut year, the brazilian also knows that he faces challenges in his learning: ‘First I want to thank Midori and Honda for this opportunity. It’s also great to represent Brazil on the WorldSBK grid, following in the footsteps of Alex Barros. This next season will be an important one for me and the team, and I’m excited to get started. I know the Honda already, but the SBK spec is very different, so I’ll need to get used to this, the electronics in particular, but I’m ready to learn’.
Despite the adaptation time that he knows will be necessary, Granado did not fail to assure that he will always do his best: ‘Everything will be new to me, after many years in the GP paddock, and I’ll need to be physically prepared considering the intense weekend schedule, but I feel ready. I’ll be facing some new tracks, but the team has data of course, so we’ll do our best to be as prepared as we can be’.
As for his teammate, Hafizh Syahrin, the #51 commented: ‘It’s good that Hafizh already has experience of the bike and team, and I hope we can work well together to achieve our goals. I might need a little time to get used to the bike, tyres, tracks and everything but I intend to do my best from start to finish – I’m excited to see what we can do’.