The MIE Racing Honda team is on track at Estoril, Portugal, for the final 2020 Superbike World Championship round. Rider Takumi Takahashi is joined this weekend by Brazilian Eric Granado, both of whom took part in today’s free practice sessions.
During the opening free practice, the two MIE Racing Honda riders took advantage of the dry conditions and worked hard with their technicians to begin the set-up work on their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP machines. With Takumi focusing on ‘learning’ the new track and Eric getting to grips with his new bike, the results at the end of session one saw the Japanese rider place nineteenth with a time of 1’40.357, the Brazilian twenty-second (1’41.448).
The second session saw both riders take a very positive step forward in terms of lap times as they continued to work to adapt their riding and their bikes to the Portuguese track. Granado impressively improved on this time by more than two seconds to position twentieth overall (1’39.326). Takahashi also lowered his time, by over half a second, to close twenty-second in the combined standings (1’39.787)