Race results are what matter the most to every rider and team, but the single-lap E-Pole qualifying format represents a key moment in every event of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, and it was no different today at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ for the opening round of the 2021 season. All the 18 participants had to do their best aboard their Energica Ego Corsa machines while trying to avoid any mistake, and in the end it was Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) who clinched pole position – his fourth in the series – with a time of 1’47.778secs – despite a mistake at the last turn that cost him at least two tenths of a second.
Last year’s opening round race winner – currently in his third MotoE season – will be joined on the front row by Germany’s Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing), who has showed once again how quick and polished his riding style is, especially on Saturday afternoon. Third on the grid will be the 15-year-old rookie Fermin Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team), with the young Spaniard looking forward to making an impact in his official debut in the series.
With the eight-lap race scheduled to get underway at 10:05 local time (GMT +2), Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) will head row two. So far this weekend, the experienced Swiss rider has been unable to match the same type of performance shown during the two official tests at this track, but his chances to battle for honours are still extremely high.
Fifth place went to OCTO Pramac MotoE’s Alessandro Zaccone, ahead of the reigning world cup champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40), Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse), Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Maria Herrera (OpenBank Aspar Team), who completes row three after a stellar qualifying performance.
The challenging start of the year continues for Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE), who saw his lap cancelled as he exceeded track limits at turn four. He will start the race from the back of the grid.