Promoracing will participate for second season in a row in the Moto2 European Championship – a stepping stone to the World Championship, featuring 11 races at seven events.
The riders for the team will be the same tan last year. Both are young, promising talents who could make the leap to the World Championship in Moto2 sooner rather than later.
They are Xavi Cardelús (Andorra) and Eric Granado (Brazil)
At just 16 years old, Xavi Cardelús has passed through all the formative categories of Spanish motorcycle racing on his way to the elite.
He began in the 50 and 80cc categories and was one of the standouts of each of the seasons in which he competed. At age 12 he rode in Pre125, a category that closely resembles Grand Prix competition. In the 2011 season, the son of the 1987 European champion in 250cc took a podium finish at the Circuito de Navarra and was amongst the best (placing fifth in the race and third in practice) in the ‘Cuna de Campeones Bankia’ – a race for promising European riders that coincided with the Valencian Grand Prix.
In 2012, Cardelús moved up to PreMoto3 category in which he debuted on a four-stroke, placing amongst the top five finishers in every race. In the same season he did some testing with a Moto3 bike and took part in the final round of the season in Valencia, to accelerate his adaptation to the class.
2013 saw the arrival of Cardelús in the prestigious and competitive CEV Repsol Moto3 series – a championship contested by riders from around the world and teams with extensive experience in the World Championship. Three times the Andorran came close to taking points for the FTR team under Juan Bautista Borja, eventually placing 16th overall out of more than 45 riders. 2014 was a learning year for him and, riding a KTM, he again took a step forward by claiming 12 points, with 11th place finishes his best results. In the final stages of the season he experienced misfortune, as he suffered a series of crashes and a fracture to his left collarbone. That particular injury-causing incident came when the Andorran was already closing in on the top ten in the category. Last year he finished 16th in the Championship after being one of the best newcomers. His best result was a 10th place.
Eric Granado is the most promising current riding talent from Brazilian motorcycle racing and, aged just 18, is a rider who has already accumulated valuable experience that makes him one of the men to watch in the newly created Moto2 European Championship.
He started competing in his home country in 2003, aged six years old, riding a 50cc Zanella. The following three seasons he raced in the Brazilian 80cc and 125cc series and was always amongst the top four riders in the classes. At the same time, he took part in the first editions of the Mini GP World Festival Metrakit, winning the 70cc class in 2007.
By then, Granado had already established a second home in Valencia, in order to participate in the various promotional categories on the way to Grand Prix racing. In 2008 he won the Valencian 80cc title Cuna de Campeones Bancaja in the same category. A year later he took the title in the Pre GP 125cc category of that competition, plus finishing runner-up in the Valencian and Mediterranean series.
Granado continued his journey to Grand Prix racing by showing quality and constant progression and, in 2011, he finished fifth in the CEV 125cc championship behind World Championship stars Rins, Márquez, Bagnaia and Antonelli.
In 2012 circumstances meant Granado would contest the Moto2 World Championship. Moving from 125cc two-strokes to 600cc four-strokes was not easy, but the Brazilian showed his quality to the extent that he was signed by the Mapfre Aspar Team. He competed for them in the Moto3 World Championship in 2013, before doing the same with Team Calvo Laglisse a year later. Granado finished 6th in the last Moto2 European Championship achieving two pódium placements.