By Lisa Lewis

Team Calvo have announced they have expanded their outfit for the forthcoming season with the addition of Brazilian teenager Eric Granado.

It is however the Aspar Team statement, as reported on the motorsport news website, that reveals the sponsor clash which has lead to his move:

"For reasons of incompatibility of sponsors (one from the pilot and the other by Aspar Team) the Valencian group searched for an alternative, so Eric Granado could continue competing during the 2014 season.

Aspar Team, aside from seeking immediate solutions to provide opportunities for the Brazilian pilot, does not rule out the possibility of regaining him in the future."

Team Calvo already have two riders in place for the forthcoming season, Isaac Vinales; cousin of Maverick; who in 2013 was crowned championship winner for the team at the final race in Valencia and Czech racer Jakub Kornfeil.

After fielding the rider who won the title in dramatic fashion and the first female in the class last year in Ana Carrasco, team manager Jaime Aviles is hoping for more exciting results from his new line-up:

"We have decided to go for a structure of young pilots with whom we will work to get the most out of them, putting at your disposal the experience of our team."

The arrival of Eric is an honour for us as we will have the opportunity to work with the rider that represents the future of the Brazilian motorcycling and I am sure that your passage through the Calvo Team will serve as springboard for his career".

Granado added that he is pleased to have been drafted in at such a experienced team:

"I'm very happy and grateful Calvo Team gives me the opportunity to be on a great team...and it is also a great satisfaction to have the support of Jaime Avil?s and Pablo Nieto, who have great experience in competition and will help me much to improve career race in search of great results".

The move comes just days before the first official Moto3 test in Valencia, running from 11th -13th February. As recently as the mid-January updated entry list for the class Granado was still listed as a Mapfre Aspar rider.

The Team Calvo paddock will be a busy one - on top of three regular riders they will also run British youngster Wayne Ryan as a wild-card during 2014 as a part of his deal to ride for the team in the the Spanish CEV Moto3 Championship.

It also appears that Aspar have no plans to appoint a replacement rider stating on their @asparteam Twitter account "There will be no more riders in our team of Moto3".

Granado's career has already had many ups and downs. His debut on the world stage came in Moto2 for JiR in the 2012 season with first appearance coming at the sixth round at Silverstone after having to wait until he turned sixteen in order to meet the age restrictions to be able to compete.

For the 2013 season the teenager moved down to Moto3 and joined the Aspar outfit, enjoying a best of ninth at Mugello. Both he and the team were looking to build on his results with a second season before this move was announced.



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