The 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup has officially gotten underway today with the first two free practice sessions and also qualifying in the new ‘MotoGP-style’ format. At the end of the day, the rider who managed to secure pole position aboard his Energica Ego Corsa machine was Miquél Pons (LCR E-Team), who logged a 1’48.372secs lap-time early on during Q2 before crashing out unhurt moments afterwards.

Pons’s tumble led to a yellow flag situation, which led to a series of quick lap-time cancellations, including the one set by his teammate Eric Granado, who would have placed the Brazilian on pole instead. For the two races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday afternoon, he will head row two in fourth place behind the returning Hector Garzó (Tech 3 E-Racing) and Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40), with the latter being able to still complete one flying lap after the yellow flag situation ended.

Granado will be joined on row two by Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) and Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE), while two-time world cup champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) will start from seventh place on row ahead of Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) and Alex Escrig (Tech 3 E-Racing). The Spanish rookie made it through Q1 along with Niccolò Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE), who rounded out the top ten.

The eight-lap opening race of the season will get underway tomorrow at 16:25 local time (GMT `+2).