More, from a press release issued by Dorna:
Granado turns the tables on Aegerter on Day 1
The Brazilian goes fastest on Friday despite a crash, with the Swiss rider slotting into second
Friday, 17 July 2020
Despite only completing two laps in FP2 and suffering a crash at Turn 2, Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) took charge of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup timesheets on Day 1. Only four riders improved in FP2 at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España in the hotter temperatures, with rookie Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) keeping their positions in the top three thanks to their FP1 efforts.
It was a good day of running as the first race and E-Pole of the year appear on the horizon, although unfortunately for Alessandro Zaccone (Trentino Gresini MotoE), the rookie has decided to sit out the weekend’s action after feeling the effects of his testing crash on Wednesday. The rest of the field, however, took the opportunity to do an E-Pole simulation on Friday afternoon in FP2, with time attacks coming in thick and fast to test out the conditions at a similar time of day to the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
Granado and fourth on the timesheets Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) did manage to go slightly better in FP2, as did Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) and rookie Jakub Kornfeil (WithU Motorsport) despite the scorching temperatures. However, that didn’t change the overall look of the combined timesheets as Granado simply increased his advantage slightly, with Aegerter second and Canepa third.
Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) was fourth overall, with rookie Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) making a big leap up the timesheets to complete the top five on Friday. Behind him came reigning Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE), with Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE), Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE), Matteo Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completing the top ten.
Tomorrow there’s another practice session for the pack to shuffle, and then it’s time to decide the grid for Round 1. The awesome one-lap-dash E-Pole session begins at 16:05 (GMT +2) – don’t miss it!
More, from a press release issued by Energica:
MOTOE RIDERS BRING THEIR ENERGICA EGO CORSA UP TO SPEED ON DAY ONE AT JEREZ
The official opening day of action for the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup turned out to be an extremely competitive and exciting one, with a mix of known names and surprises at the top – in comparison to the results from last Wednesday’s official test at Jerez de la Frontera.
Aboard his #51 Energica Ego Corsa machine, Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) topped the timesheets in both of today’s session and – among the top-five riders – he was one of only two competitors able to put in similar times both in the morning and the afternoon (despite the significant difference in temperatures and a crash in the second session).
The young Brazilian rider was able to edge the ‘rookie’ Dominic Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP), with the swiss unable to improve his lap-time in the second session. Niccolò Canepa (LCR E-Team) made a convincing step up to claim third place ahead of his teammate and long-time friend Xavier Simeon, who was the other rider to perform consistently fast across FP1 and FP2 today.
The MotoE debutant Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) wrapped up the top five by preceding the reigning champion Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE) – the only standard bearer for Gresini given Zaccone’s injury during testing – former race winner Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE), Alex De Angelis (OCTO Pramac MotoE) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse), who did very well despite missing out on the three-day test at Jerez last March.
MotoE action will resume tomorrow morning at 11:50 local time (GMT +2) for Free Practice 3, while the first E-Pole will get underway at 16:05.
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