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Moto3: Granado gets first Aspar laps
4 December 2012
New Aspar signing Eric Granado completed his first Moto3 laps during a test session at Almeria in Spain.
The Brazilian, who joined Moto2 with JiR from Silverstone onwards - once he had reached the age of 16 years - but did not score a point, set a best lap just over 3.5s from race-winning team-mate Jonas Folger.
"I had never ridden a Moto3, and in Moto2 I was using a very different frame,” said Granado. “I like the Kalex Moto3 chassis a lot. It is a very agile bike and in some ways reminds me of the 125. It allows me to get into corners with a lot of confidence.
“Although everything is new to me I think we did a good job. We tried something new at each pit stop. Basically we have worked with the geometry of the bike to find a comfortable riding position. Two laps before the end of the day I had a small fell at turn nine.”
Folger also fell, albeit early in the day and whilst still learning the track layout.
"This Almeria circuit is quite complicated, so much so that in the second lap I went off track,” said Folger, who joined the Aspar team midway through the 2012 season. “The circuit is completely different to any in the world championship, but that is good because we have experienced a new situation.
“Today we tried countless settings and at no time sought a quick lap, instead laying the foundations for the coming days. We played with the height of the bike, and were able to work through many things that cannot be tested during a grand prix weekend."
Anthony West, Brad Binder and Danny Webb were among the other riders reportedly on track.