The second day of action at the Red Bull Ring saw an incredible show put together by the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup riders aboard their Energica Ego Corsa machines as well as a stunning display of speed, already from the first-ever FP3 session: despite qualifying “only” sixth, Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo set an incredible lap-time in the morning in 1’35.028secs, which was 0.750secs quicker than the current outright Moto3 outright lap record at the Red Bull Ring as well as 1.662secs faster than today’s Moto3 pole time – all in just three sessions around the Austrian track.
With temperatures on the rise in the afternoon, the E-Pole saw Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) coming out on top after logging a 1’35.182secs in his single-lap attempt. The French veteran of the MotoGP paddock snatched pole position from Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama) for only 11 thousandths of a second after the Belgian – who got on track as seventh-last – looked like he was on his way to claim the most prominent spot on the starting grid.
Completing the first row will be Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing), ahead of a very competitive Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt Intact GP) and round one winner Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE). With the aforementioned Garzo in sixth, Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE), Alex De Angelis (OCTO Pramac MotoE), Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama) and Maria Herrera (OpenBank Ángel Nieto Team) rounding out the top-ten.
After being among the protagonists in day one, Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) had a disappointing qualifying session as he crashed unhurt at turn two in his flying lap.
The second race of the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will begin tomorrow morning at 10:00 local time (GMT+2).