The MIE Racing Honda team is on track at Estoril, Portugal for the final round of the 2020 Superbike world championship. Today saw riders Takumi Takahashi and Eric Granado complete the Superpole and the first of the weekend’s three races.
After a final free practice session early in the day, the team returned to the track for the Superpole qualifying session. Another dry session, Takahashi and Granado were able to complete a number of fast laps during the 25-minutes available. Japanese rider Takumi recorded a best of 1’38.581 to place nineteenth, while Eric, taking part in his first ever Superpole, set a 1’39.309 to finish twentieth. The pair therefore qualified on row seven of the grid for the afternoon’s first 21-lap SBK race.
The weekend’s first race got underway at 2pm local time in dry and sunny conditions. From the seventh row of the grid, the two MIE Honda Racing riders were lying seventeenth and eighteenth through the opening stages. Maintaining a solid rhythm and following one behind the other for the duration of the race, both were able to finish inside the points zone, Takumi crossing the line fourteenth, Eric fifteenth.