The official opening day of action for the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup turned out to be an extremely competitive and exciting one, with a mix of known names and surprises at the top – in comparison to the results from last Wednesday’s official test at Jerez de la Frontera.
Aboard his #51 Energica Ego Corsa machine, Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) topped the timesheets in both of today’s session and – among the top-five riders – he was one of only two competitors able to put in similar times both in the morning and the afternoon (despite the significant difference in temperatures and a crash in the second session).
The young Brazilian rider was able to edge the ‘rookie’ Dominic Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP), with the swiss unable to improve his lap-time in the second session. Niccolò Canepa (LCR E-Team) made a convincing step up to claim third place ahead of his teammate and long-time friend Xavier Simeon, who was the other rider to perform consistently fast across FP1 and FP2 today.
The MotoE debutant Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) wrapped up the top five by preceding the reigning champion Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE) – the only standard bearer for Gresini given Zaccone’s injury during testing – former race winner Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE), Alex De Angelis (OCTO Pramac MotoE) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse), who did very well despite missing out on the three-day test at Jerez last March.
MotoE action will resume tomorrow morning at 11:50 local time (GMT +2) for Free Practice 3, while the first E-Pole will get underway at 16:05.