The MIE Racing Honda team redoubles its efforts for the eighth and final round of the 2020 WorldSBK championship season, fielding Brazilian rider Eric Granado alongside Japanese rider Takumi Takahashi at the upcoming Estoril round.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil twenty-four years ago, Granado completed his second MotoE World Cup season last Sunday at Le Mans, France, scoring seventh place overall as well as a win in the opening race at Jerez de la Frontera. Despite his young age, the Brazilian has built up remarkable experience in the racing arena including World Championship seasons in Moto2 (2012) Moto3 (2013, 2014) and the FIM CEV Repsol, where he won the Moto2 European Championship title in 2017.
While Granado does have some experience of the Estoril Circuit, having raced and even won there during his CEV years, Takahashi has no prior experience of the Portuguese track but is nevertheless confident that he will be able to learn the layout swiftly. The pair are ready to work hard to achieve the best possible results aboard their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP machines over the course of the weekend.
Located close to the coastal town of Estoril and about 30 km from capital Lisbon, the Circuit Estoril hasn’t featured on the WorldSBK calendar for many years, the championship having made just two visits, in 1988 and 1993. The track features four left-hand turns and nine right-handers as well as one of the longest straights, almost 1 km in length.
Name: Circuito Estoril
Length: 4.182 km
Pole position: left
Corners: 4 left-hand, 9 right-hand
SBK RECORDS: n/a
1993 SBK RESULTS:
Race 1 – 1. Pirovano F., 2. Bontempi P., 3. Slight A.
Race 2 – 1. Fogarty C., 2. Russell S. 3. Pirovano F.