Energica and the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup have arrived in Le Mans, the circuit hosting round two of the 2022 edition of the series powered by the Modena-based, all-electric motorcycle manufacturer. With 50 more points up for grabs, current Championship leader Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) will be looking forward to keeping the momentum going after a perfect start to his title chase.
Exactly one year ago, the #51 rider edged out the competition in a tight race finish, which saw the top seven covered by a single second at the chequered flag. This year’s two-race format – and Le Mans’s well known changeable weather – will add extra unpredictability to a series in which it is always hard to tell who is going to win.
Granado’s dominance in Jerez was a direct message to all the other MotoE stars, who will do everything in their power to change the trend on French soil. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) is currently second but already 17 points in arrears, although five and seven points ahead of Miquél Pons (LCR E-Team) and Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE), respectively.
The final lap of race two at Jerez was something of a disaster for the Swiss star – and current World Supersport Champion – who went wide at turn one in an attempt to take the lead and then lost third place at the last corner to Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40). Speaking of costly last-turn incidents, the Italian rider had hit the ground the day before following a coming together with Miquél Pons, who deprived him of what would have been some well deserved and valuable points.
Other riders will be looking for more, including two-time and reigning Champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) – who clearly had a challenging time on home turf – Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE), Hector Garzó (Tech 3 E-Racing) and his sensational rookie teammate Alex Escrig.
MotoE action will get underway tomorrow at 8:25 local time (GMT +2), with the two races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 16:25 and 15:30, respectively.