Next year, the British rider will make his WorldSBK debut with the Motoxracing Yamaha team, while the Brazilian will race for the team that already has a presence dating back to 2020.
Two new names on 2023 Superbike World Championship lineup. In fact, we will see the outgoing winner of the British Superbike race at the start Bradley Ray Who will defend colors Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team Participation in the European sessions, starting with the round scheduled in the Netherlands in April at the TT Circuit Assen. In the year 2022, Ray has achieved success BSB’s Rich Energy OMG UK Racing Team riding a Yamaha R1. His experience with the Japanese manufacturer would also carry over into World Superbike.
Ray’s career started on mini bikes becoming champion at Fab Racing and then began racing bigger bikes. In 2012 he finished his season in British Motostar as runner-up. He also competed in the Red Bull Rockies Cup, earning himself his first podium at Silverstone and his first pole at Misano. In 2013 he won the first race of the year, the first ever on the Circuit of the Americas which saw the 2021 WorldSBK World Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu She finished third and ninth in the 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship Joanne Meyer.
He conquered three more podiums in 2014 and then returned to the UK to win in Moto3. In 2015 he finished third in the British Supersport Championship by winning six of the last ten races of the year which ended successfully with Taran Mackenzie. Ray moved to BSB in 2017 riding a Hawk Racing Suzuki GSXR-1000RR. At Oulton Park he achieved an impressive first podium in the class which confirmed him as one of the most promising prospects in the UK. In 2018, he remained with Suzuki, finishing second in the opening round at Donington Park, and finishing sixth in the standings. In 2018, Ray made his WorldSBK debut scoring 2 points as a wildcard at Donington Park on a BSB bike.
Ray stayed with Suzuki in 2019, reaching just two podiums while in 2020 he joined the SYNETIQ BMW TAS family, finishing 13th. In 2021 he moved to OMG Racing back on the podium while in 2022 the team switched to Yamaha. With the Yamaha R1 he won nine races, conquering 23 podiums, three poles and 11 fastest laps. On his home track, Brands Hatch Ray became a champion, driving the OMG Racing Team to the top Alan Gardner.
Bradley Ray:”After what was an amazing first season with Yamaha in the UK with nine wins and 23 podiums to win the British Superbike title, I am so glad Yamaha has bled me this opportunity to join the Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team. I’ve dreamed of becoming a world champion in the World Superbike Championship since I made my debut at the age of three and I know this wouldn’t be possible without the support of a manufacturer like Yamaha and the team around me. I am looking forward to starting my WorldSBK experience and hope to follow in the footsteps of many of the British riders who have made their mark in the Championship. It’s time to strive for the next title, step by step!“.
Brazilian Eric Granado In 2023 he will return to the Superbike World Championship with MIE Racing Honda Team, the same team he debuted with in 2020 at the race weekend. Granado has also gained experience in recent seasons Spanish Superbike Championship as well as in MotoEThis double commitment awaits him again in 2023.
Since 2019 in the MotoE World Cup, Granado has 10 wins and 14 podiums in the 32 races that saw him start in the electric class in which he finished the 2022 season as runner-up in the standings at the end of which he took the title. He went to Dominique Aegerter which he will also find on the WorldSBK Network.
In 2021, the Brazilian competed in the Spanish Superbike Championship to bring home a fifth-place finish with five podiums. In 2020 he made his WorldSBK debut as the MIE Racing Honda team scoring 1 point, finishing 15th in Race 1 of the Estoril round. In 2017 he achieved success in the FIM CEV Moto2™ Championship without neglecting the experience he gained worldwide in Moto2 and Moto3, with his debut in Moto2 in 2012 and in Moto3 the following year.
Eric Granado:”I am really happy with my first season in the World Superbike Championship in 2023. First I want to thank Midori, Honda and all the sponsors who gave me this opportunity. Getting to World Superbike has always been my goal. I’ve won four Brazilian Superbike titles and in the last two seasons I’ve raced in the Spanish SBK Championship. It’s a class I’m familiar with although the World Championship is obviously a much higher level. In 2020 I had a ride with the MIE Racing Honda team in Portugal and I really enjoyed it, I enjoyed seeing how the team works and Midori really made me feel welcome in the team. I think this is a great opportunity for me and my career and I am very confident that we will have a competitive bike and that we will all be able to work well with Honda to make the bike better. It will be a big challenge to face, fighting with the best riders in the world, but I will try to learn a lot from them and do my best to get some good results every weekend with the aim of arriving at the end of the season knowing I have done well. I hope the Brazilian fans will support me, it has been many years since a Brazilian driver has competed in the World Championship and I hope to represent my country at its best. Thanks everyone for everything, I can’t wait to get my Honda in and get to work“.
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