The opening chapter in the history of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup took place today at the Sachsenring Circuit as part of the German round of the MotoGP World Championship. With mild temperatures and rising winds in the afternoon, the 18 riders taking part in this new era of all-electric motorcycle racing got to grips with the exciting German track aboard their respective Energica Ego Corsa machines.
After two sessions of half an hour each, it was the EG 0,0 machine of Mike Di Meglio from France topping the timesheets following what was an exciting FP2, which saw the top-three covered by 0.052secs and the top-ten within less than a second. As the session entered its final five minutes Di Meglio was finally able to edge long-time session leaderNiki Tuuli (Ajo Motorsport MotoE), with Valencia’s E-Pole simulation winner Hector Garzo(Tech3 E-Racing) in third.
Just like Garzo, fastest man in FP1 and home rider Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt IntactGP) and Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) managed to jump up the timesheets in the final stages of the afternoon session as they finished fourth and fifth, respectively. They were ahead of Valencia’s Race Simulation winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), Alex De Angelis (OCTO Pramac MotoE) and Granado’s team mate Xavier Simeon. The top-ten was rounded out by Nico Terol (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) and Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE).
MotoE will resume tomorrow at 16:00 local time (GMT+2) for the first ever E-pole, which will determine the grid for Sunday’s inaugural MotoE race.