Matteo Ferrari, the first-ever winner of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, has made his way back to the top step of the podium in today’s second and final race of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The experienced Italian rider managed to ride the perfect race in the lead aboard his Ego Corsa #77 and keep his rivals at bay, as he crossed the line with a half-second margin over Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP). Marc Alcoba (OpenBank Aspar Team) completed the podium in third place. Alcoba, however, received (as other riders) a penalty by the race direction, which in this case demoted him to seventh.
Aegerter was involved in a fierce three-way battle for the remaining podium places, and the Swiss rider entered the last corner in fourth place behind Alcoba (third) and LCR E-Team’s Miquél Pons in second. After a perfectly timed overtake on the Spanish rookie, he lined up behind Pons, with the three riders together as they rushed towards the finish line. In a matter of seconds, Lucio Cecchinello’s standard bearer saw initially his podium dreams shatter as his two opponents edged him at the chequered flag. Despite missing podium celebration, last year’s winner at Le Mans could leave Mugello with a smile.
Aegerter showed once again how composed a racer he is, as he was all the way down in seventh place with two laps remaining before imposing his will on every rider ahead of him – except Ferrari.
The post-race position shuffle saw Andrea Mantovani (WithU GRT RNF MotoE) promoted to fourth, ahead of Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse), his teammate Niccolò Canepa, Alcoba, Eric Granado (LCR E-Team), Kevin Manfredi (OCTO Pramac MotoE) and Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing), who rounded out the top ten.
Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) crashed unhurt on the opening lap, while Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) had a much harder tumble moments later.
With three rounds and six races completed, Aegerter has further extended his lead to 29 points over Granado, with Ferrari now in third place, some 30 points in arrears.