Avintia Esponsorama Racing – MotoE Test Jerez 1 – Circuito de Jerez
Avintia Esponsorama Racing team completed the first tests of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Angel Nieto Jerez Circuit in Spain, where the rain has been a constant and didn’t let the riders perfect track conditions throughout the three days of testing.
Eric Granado shown a fast adaptation to the Energica Ego Corsa machine during these first tests and, the Brazilian rider has always been one of fastest riders in both dry and wet conditions. With a best time of 1’51,842, Granado finished sixth in the combined time sheets and he is looking forward to come back in March to continue working ahead the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.
Xavier Simeon has not been able to take part in this first contact with the new class. After the concussion suffered after his crash during Friday’s free practice for the last round of the MotoGP World Championship at Valencia, the Belgian rider suffered complications that prevented him from taking part in the race. Simeon passed new tests in Barcelona and finally couldn’t be on time in Jerez for his MotoE debut. Avintia Esponsorama team is confident that Xavier Simeon will be at 100% for the first MotoE tests of 2019, which will take place again in Jerez, from March 12th to 14th and start the preparations for the new season.
In order to gather more data from the new bike, Avintia Esponsorama team invited Julián Miralles Jr. to the three-day-test. The Spanish rider had his first contact contact with the new world class and helped the team to work on the set-up of the Ego Corsa Energy machine for the upcoming test.
Eric Granado | 1'51.842 | P6
“To be honest, I’m very happy with these three days of testing, I have adapted very quickly and well to the bike. The only negative point was having to share on bike for two riders, because we have had much less time available compared to teams that only have one rider. However, we have used the available track time very well and we have quickly adapted to the bike and the tyres, both in dry and wet conditions. The team did a great job and have been always looking for ideas to improve with a bike that is completely different to everything we are used to. Although in the end it is riden like any motorbike, it is heavy, but also very stable and step by step you get used to it. I’m happy with this first contact, in all the sessions I’ve been out, I finished in the top three and now I will return to Brazil to work hard and get back strong to the next test here in Jerez.”
Julián Miralles | 1'52.945 | P15
“It has been a fun and different weekend. The first experience with the new MotoE class has been positive although the weather has not been perfect and we have not had any sessions completely in dry conditions. The good point is that we enjoyed the experience and we gathered a lot of information for the team. Both Eric and I have been quite competitive and we go home with good feelings. I appreciate the opportunity that the team has given me to take part in this test. It has been good and with this experience I’m available in case any team needs me during next season.”