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Reviews Moriwaki in Estoril with two drivers: Eric Granado makes WorldSBK debut

21:55  14 october  2020
21:55  14 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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At the season finale in Portugal, Moriwaki-Honda will again be competing with two drivers - alongside veteran Takumi Takahashi, Eric Granado is making his debut in the Superbike World Championship

After the first race weekend of Superbike World Championship in MotorLand Aragon, Moriwaki and Althea dissolved their collaboration on . Instead of two Honda motorcycles for Lorenzo Gabellini and Takumi Takahashi, only one CBR1000R-R has been used for the Japanese since then.

At the season finale in Estoril (Portugal) this weekend, Moriwaki will again have two motorcycles at the start. Eric Granado joins Takahashi. The Brazilian has been in action for the Avintia team in the MotoE World Cup since July. He finished the championship in seventh place.

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Granado is now about to make his debut in the Superbike World Championship: "Thanks to Honda Brazil for giving me this chance. I will be one of the few riders from my country who started in the Superbike World Championship."

That was, among others, Alex Barros, who after his career in 2006 drove a season in the Superbike World Championship. At that time Barros was able to win a race in Imola. Granado will be a long way from winning at Estoril.

Eric Granado © Provided by motorsport.com Eric Granado

Eric Granado won the first MotoE race of the 2020 season in Jerez

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Moriwaki-Honda is in last place in the team standings with just four points. While the Honda factory team is pushing the development of the new Fireblade, Moriwaki is on his own. Takahashi doesn't know Estoril either. Granado drove there before.

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"This is my first time riding the new Fireblade and I'm looking forward to it," said the Brazilian. "I have already driven in Estoril and have already won two Moto2 races in the European Championship there."

"I know the level is high and I have no expectations for the results. I'll be a new rider who has to adjust to everything and ride a new bike. It's another big challenge in my career hope I can learn a lot this weekend. "

Parallel to MotoE, Granado is also contesting the Brazilian Superbike Championship, which he leads after three events. He has to skip the fourth, because it will take place in Interlagos next weekend.

With images from Motorsport Images .

test with winglets: Michael van der Mark on the BMW .
for the first time on Monday BMW is looking forward to the first test with Michael van der Mark in Estoril: If the weather cooperates, the first parts of the new M1000RR will be used At the WSBK season finale The collaboration between Michael van der Mark and Yamaha ends in Estoril. The WSBK race winner is moving to BMW after four years at Yamaha and becomes a teammate of ex-world champion Tom Sykes. Van der Mark will climb onto the BMW S1000RR just one day after the last race with Yamaha.

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