The final pieces of the puzzle are slotting into place and so Gianni Cuzari didn't want to waste any time. Eric Granado will be Team Forward's second rider in 2018, flanking Stefano Manzi. The 21-year old, a San Paolo native, will return to the intermediate class after competing in CEV Moto2, where he is currently fighting for the title.
The rider began his career in 2003 and was the youngest ever winner of a race in the Brazilian Mini GP championship at just nine years of age. In 2007 he scored his first win in the Spanish 70cc Mini GP. Then came his first title, in 2008, in the 80cc class of the same championship. He made his Moto2 debut in 2012 at the Silverstone GP.
In 2013-2014 the Brazilian gained experience in Moto3, before returning to the Moto2 class of the European Championship in 2015: “I’m very happy and I so grateful to the Forward Racing Team and especially Giovanni for giving me this opportunity - stated Granado - In my opinion Forward Racing is a very professional team with an experienced crew. This is very important for me, coming from the best year of my career, which I had this season in the European Championship. I think my level is pretty decent now and I am ready to move up to the Moto2 world stage again and doing this with the Forward Racing Team is a fantastic chance for me. I’ll give my best from the beginning in order to try to be as close as possible to the front very soon. I can’t wait to get going and I’m incredibly excited for the next season, but first I have to concentrate on the final event of the European Champion and of course, I need to say a huge thanks to everybody, who helped to make this happen.”