FIM Enel MotoE World Cup single manufacturer Energica has arrived in Tuscany for what is a much-anticipated debut of the Ego Corsa racer around the legendary 5.2km Mugello International Circuit. With the recent news of the cancellation of the Finnish GP, and with no replacement round having been announced so far, this event could turn out to be even more crucial for the title race, which at the moment is led by Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP).
The 31-year-old Swiss has been by far the most consistent rider in the first two rounds of the season with a win (in race two at Le Mans a fortnight ago), two seconds and a fourth. He holds an eight-point lead over Jerez double winner Eric Granado (LCR E-Team), while Jerez race one winner Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) currently sits third, 17 points in arrears.
Mugello being a new destination for MotoE – and with weather forecasts predicting rain for both Saturday and Sunday – this Grand Prix may have some surprising results in store, with many riders ready to take their chances and catapult themselves towards the top of the standings. That list includes recent podium finishers at Le Mans Niccolò Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE), Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE), but also Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse), who really stepped up his game in France.
There will be no opportunity for a bounce back in Italy, unfortunately, for either Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) or Bradley Smith (WithU GRT RNF MotoE), both declared unfit after Thursday’s medical checks at the track. The Spanish two-time MotoE World Cup Champion suffered a left-fibula fracture in race one at Le Mans two Saturdays ago, while Smith had a frightening crash in April (before the start of the season) at the Le Mans 24h endurance race.
Mugello will be greener than ever this weekend, with many initiatives by Energica which aim to make this racing weekend even more electrifying. On Saturday morning, a new addition to the Energica range will be unveiled, while right after the MotoGP podium, international megastar Bob Sinclar will be DJing straight from the top of the paddock building (the SKYBOX Terrace). To coincide with that, a fleet of Energica road bikes will be storming the circuit for a parade to introduce the second and final race of the weekend.