ERIC Granado believes work within the Avintia Esponsorama squad helped him move up the order and clock the third quickest time of today’s E-Pole qualifying.
The Brazilian, who won the race simulation at Valencia just a few weeks ago and was tipped by many to be one of the favourites for victory at the Sachsenring this weekend, was just 0.011sec off a second-place qualifying but nearly 0.8sec adrift of pole-sitter Niki Tuuli.
But Granado feels it was all down to work in the garage and after finishing FP1 fifth and FP2 sixth with at least 0.6sec to make up each time, he says he’s hoping to take yet another step forward for tomorrow’s race.
“We made a big step from yesterday,” he admitted. “I was quite far off in the sessions yesterday but I worked a lot with the team and telemetry to see what we can do here.
“The lines are very important at Sachsenring. I try to be very concentrated in this one lap we had and not do a mistake because here you pay a very high price to a mistake because it’s just one opportunity.
“I improve a lot from yesterday so I’m happy to be on the front row because the track is very tight and difficult to overtake.”
Granado also revealed the limited track time in the new electric category is something he’s still getting to grips with, especially after entering the battery-power ranks from the Moto2 championship.
“We don’t have a lot of time to work in the bikes like when I was in Moto2 last year. Friday is very important and If you don’t have a good setup on Friday, you don’t have may opportunities to try something new.
“The bikes are very similar and it’s difficult to overtake, especially here at the Sachsenring. Everyone is very close and the guys behind me are coming very angry so I hope to have a good result tomorrow.”