Motorcycle racing is a matter of talent, but it requires a little bit of luck, too. And in today’s E-Pole at the TT Circuit Assen, luck was not on Alessandro Zaccone’s side as the current leader of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup found himself riding on his Energica Ego Corsa under the pouring rain as soon as he entered the final split of his flying lap. The talented Italian rider managed to keep the bike upright and to contain the damage as he crossed the line in third place only 0.124secs away from pole.
Pole Position then went to Eric Granado (One Energy Racing), who logged a 1’43.114secs lap-time to claim his sixth front-grid start in MotoE, the third this year. His lap-time turned out to be almost half a second slower than the current outright lap record set by Zaccone this morning (1’42.676), and this is mainly due to the drastic temperature change and the strong winds compared to FP3.
Joining Granado and Zaccone on the front row is Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing), a rider who has made a name for himself when it comes to single-lap performance, although he was among the many riders who had a moment while exiting the tricky turn five before heading onto the back straight. The young German rider now has a solid chance to claim what would be his maiden podium in the series and get his so-far sub-par 2021 season back on track.
Row two will be headed by Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) with Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) and Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) alongside him in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Today’s top ten is rounded out by Fermín Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team), Mattia Casadei (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse), Corentin Perolari (Tech 3 E-Racing) and Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE).
Three riders saw their laps cancelled: Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Yonny Hernandez (OCTO Pramac MotoE) for exceeding track limits and Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) due to entering the track with the wrong timing (red light).
The fourth race of the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will get underway tomorrow afternoon at 15:30 local time (GMT +2).
MotoE action will get underway this Friday at 11:50 for Free Practice 1, with the E-Pole scheduled for Saturday at 16:10 and the race on Sunday at 15:30 local time (GMT +2).