MotoE World Cup: Niki Tuuli Heads FP2 In Austria (Updated)

MotoE World Cup: Niki Tuuli Heads FP2 In Austria (Updated)

© 2019, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Enel FIM MotoE World Cup

Red Bull Ring

Spielberg, Austria

August 9, 2019

Free Practice Two Results (all using Energica Ego Corsa electric motorcycles and Michelin tires):

1. Niki Tuuli, Finland, 1:35.225 (New All-Time Lap Record)

2. Mattia Casadei, Italy, 1:35.845

3. Bradley Smith, UK, 1:35.846

4. Hector Garzo, Spain, 1:35.884

5. Xavier Simeon, Belgium, 1:35.964

6. Matteo Ferrari, Italy, 1:36.099

7. Niccolo Canepa, Italy, 1:36.145

8. Mike Di Meglio, France, 1:36.152

9. Maria Herrera, Spain, 1:36.493

10. Jesko Raffin, Switzerland, 1:36.628

11. Alex De Angelis, San Marino, 1:36.822

12. Nicolas Terol, Spain, 1:36.896

13. Lorenzo Savadori, Italy, 1:37.436

14. Josh Hook, Australia, 1:37.442

15. Kenny Foray, France, 1:37.485

16. Sete Gibernau, Spain, 1:49.964

17. Randy De Puniet, France, no time recorded

18. Eric Granado, Brazil, no time recorded

More, from a press release issued by Dorna:

Tuuli reigns Day 1 at the Red Bull Ring

The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup points leader soars ahead of Casadei and Smith on Friday

After setting the pace in FP1 at the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup standings leader Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) went over half a second quicker in the afternoon to sit 0.620 clear of second fastest Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse), with Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) just 0.001 further back in P3.

Smith began the day as Tuuli’s closest challenger in the Championship and remained so as the top two ended FP1 at the top of the standings. However, no one could live with Tuuli’s FP2 pace as the Finn set a 1:35.225 on his third flying lap, his advantage remaining above half a second for most of the 30-minute session. Casadei finished fourth in FP1 but the Italian was able to find a couple of tenths in the evening sun to jump to second overall, with Smith improving by only just under a tenth and therefore slipping down a spot to third.

Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) was a big improver in FP2 to leap up to fourth from 10th in FP1, the Spaniard managing to find almost a second to sit 0.038 behind the number 38 on Day 1. Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) closed out the top five in the combined standings – just as he did in FP1.

Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was sixth fastest ahead of Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) and Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team). Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), who was ninth fastest, crashed in FP2 and headed to the medical centre for a checkup – rider ok. Maria Herrera (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) locked out the top ten.

Another headline on Day 1 was an incident ahead of FP2 as a fire broke out, with an investigation currently underway to determine the reasons behind it. The incident involved the bike of standings leader Tuuli, but the fire was immediately and safely extinguished by the fire department. MotoE™ action did and will continue as scheduled.

The MotoE™ riders will have an FP3 session on Saturday morning at 08:30 local time (GMT+2), before E-Pole takes place 16:00.

More, from a press release issued by Energica:

TUULI TOPS AND IMPROVES ON FIRST DAY AT RED BULL RING ON HIS EGO CORSA

The Red Bull Ring welcomed the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup for the second round of the first-ever edition of the series, with the 18 riders of 12 teams battling out on track in the two, 30-minute free practice sessions aboard their Energica Ego Corsa machines.

And just like one month ago, it was Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) who set the pace on the much-faster and sweeping 4.3 km circuit located near the town of Spielberg in Austria. The young Finn ultimately set a blistering 1’35.225secs lap-time to top the timesheets and impose his dominance once again.

But the difference maker today was without a doubt Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 SquadraCorse), who was always near the front and managed to edge the much more experienced Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) by only a thousandth of a second, with Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) and Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) right behind in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Podium finisher at Sachsenring Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was the first of five riders unable to improve on their morning times and that resulted in a three-position drop for the Frenchman between sessions one and two.

The top-ten was completed by Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE), Niccolò Canepa (LCR E-Team), Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) – who crashed unhurt during the second session – and Maria Herrera (OpenBank Ángel Nieto Team).

An investigation is currently underway to determine the reasons behind the fire that broke out today at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where the second round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is currently taking place. The incident involved bike #66 of Niki Tuuli. The fire was immediately extinguished by the fire department and the action was performed in complete safety.

MotoE action will resume tomorrow morning with the new, 20-minute FP3 session which will begin at 8:30am local time (GMT+2).

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