Granado moves to Team Calvo for 2014

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

In a late change in the Moto3™ line-up ahead of next week’s first 2014 test session in Valencia, Brazil’s Eric Granado has moved to Team Calvo.

On Monday, the following statement was released by Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, with the plan having been for Granado to remain there for the upcoming campaign:

‘In the 2013 season, the Aspar Team gave young Brazilian Moto3™ rider Eric Granado the opportunity to participate in his first full World Championship campaign. The rider from Sao Paulo, based in Alcoy in Spain, used the experience to gain experience and take his first Grand Prix points at the Italian GP. After his positive first year on the world stage, Granado’s collaboration with the Aspar Team looked to be practically confirmed.

However, due to mutual sponsor incompatibility on behalf of both parties, the team have been forced to look for another alternative to allow Granado to continue competing in 2014. The Brazilian will now ride for the Laglisse team, where he will attempt to continue his development as a rider. Besides looking for immediate solutions in order to be able to offer Granado further opportunities, the Aspar Team do not rule out the possibility of collaborating with him in the future.’

The switch has now been officially confirmed by the Laglisse outfit, which runs in Moto3™ under the Team Calvo banner and won last year’s world title with Maverick Viñales at the helm.

“I am very happy and grateful to Team Calvo for giving me this opportunity to be with a great time,” comments 17-year-old Granado. “I am proud to be have the backing of Red Bull and Mobil as personal sponsors and am also very pleased to have the support (Team Calvo’s) Jaime Fernandez Aviles and Pablo Nieto, who have great experience and will help to improve my results race by race.”

The Team Calvo line-up now features three riders, with Granado alongside Isaac Viñales and Jakub Kornfeil, while Juanfran Guevara is the sole Aspar Moto3™ rider.

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