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More, from a press release issued by Dorna:
Torres quickest on Day 3 in Jerez, Aegerter fastest overall
The 2020 and 2021 Cup winner heads the timesheets from new teammate Casadei as FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup testing concludes at Jerez
Wednesday, 09 March 2022
The first pre-season test for the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup has now concluded at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, and it’s Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE™) on top of the combined timesheets – with double Cup winner Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) hot on his heels after going fastest on Day 3. The three days of action in Andalucia have seen the field test out the new Energica Ego Corsa, with an updated motor and inverter making for a lighter machine, as well as use the track time to settle in, get back in the MotoE™ groove and, for some, prepare for an assault on the crown in 2022.
That’s surely the aim of 2021 key competitor Aegerter after the Swiss rider lost out on the Cup last season following some drama in the final race, and his 1:48.634 from Day 1 remains the fastest of the test overall to send a warning shot to the field. Torres’ 1:48.878 set in Session 3 on Day 3 is the second best of the test, with Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) slotting into third overall thanks to a previous time. The Brazilian was sidelined from Day 3 after a crash in the second session on Tuesday.
Behind Torres on Wednesday, his new teammate Mattia Casadei slots into second with a 1:49.060, the Italian denying Aegerter by just 0.002. A couple of tenths further back saw Niccolo Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE™ Team) take P4 on Day 3, the Italian settling back in and having already impressed in mixed conditions to top the timesheets on Day 2. 2019 Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE™) was a further two tenths in arrears as he completed the top five.
Xavi Fores (Octo Pramac MotoE) took sixth on Wednesday as the Spaniard starts a new adventure in MotoE™ and adds another competition to his already decorated CV, with Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) just hundredths in arrears. Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) and Bradley Smith (WithU GRT RNF MotoE™ Team) were eighth and ninth, respectively, and likewise split by hundredths as they return to the Cup. Kevin Zannoni completed the top ten as he settles in at Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse.
Smith, Casadei and Fores all crashed on Day 3, riders ok, and Okubo also took a tumble. The Japanese rider injured his finger, had minor surgery and will now require a couple of weeks of recovery.
That’s it from the first pre-season test for the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup! Check out interviews, highlights and more across motogp.com and get ready for more as MotoE™ get back on track for their second test from the 11th to the 13th of April.
More, from a press release issued by Energica:
AEGERTER TOPS EVENTFUL OPENING MOTOE TEST AT JEREZ
The opening official test of the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup drew to a close today at Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. This was the first chance for this season’s protagonists to try the updated Energica Ego Corsa machine sporting the new EMCE motor and inverter, as previously introduced on the road-going counterparts of the bike.
Changeable weather affected on-track proceedings especially on day two, as the morning rain forced riders and teams to alter their work programme for all sessions – as the final one of the day was held in mixed conditions. At the end of the three days, it is clear that there is still a lot of potential to be extracted from the updated technical package.
After battling for the title in the past two seasons, Switzerland’s Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) topped the timesheets courtesy of a 1’48.634secs lap-time set on day one, ahead of two-time and reigning World Cup Champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Eric Granado (LCR E-Team). Unfortunately, Eric’s test was cut short due to an injury (partial rupture of the thigh muscle) following a crash on the second day of action.
The top six was completed by a trio of Italian riders, with new recruit of Team Pons Racing 40 Mattia Casadei edging out 2019 title winner Matteo Ferrari (Gresini Racing) and returning MotoE rider Niccolò Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team).
Seventh place went to series sophomore Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), followed by MotoE rookie – albeit motorcycle-racing veteran – Xavi Forés (Octo Pramac MotoE) and Hikari Okubo, with the Japanese rider also injured on the last day after crashing out at turn eight on a wet patch. Bradley Smith (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) was also ‘betrayed’ by a damp area of tarmac, albeit at the slow, last corner during the final session. The former MotoGP-riding Briton fortunately escaped uninjured from his tumble.
Things did not go as smoothly for Forés’s teammate and MotoE debutant Kevin Manfredi, who suffered several fractured ribs following a big highside on day one. The former WorldSSP rider is still under observation at hospital, but he is doing well – especially given the severity of the crash.
MotoE will return to action at Jerez on April 11-13 for the second and last official pre-season test.
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