The astounding electric power of the Energica Ego Corsa machines will be switched back on, as the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup heads to Misano for the penultimate event of the 2019 season. The 18 riders and 12 teams partaking in the series will tackle a crucial event for their championship hopes, as the first of two doubleheaders wrapping up the first-edition of the series will put 50 points up for grabs, likely defining the list of riders who will challenge for the title at Valencia’s MotoE epilogue in November.
Home round, busy times
Energica’s home event at Misano will be filled with plenty of initiatives aimed at showing the beauty, power and pleasure of riding the Modena-built electric motorcycles. On Thursday, a riding experience will take influencers selected by MotoE partners DHL and Allianz from the circuit all the way up to the stunning Republic of San Marino. On top of many other events scheduled for the weekend, the traditional Ride for Life lap will feature not one, but three Energica motorcycles – one of which being the “Kit Corsa Clienti-powered” Ego Sport Black – on track at the same time, with surprise guests onboard for this unique opportunity.
At the moment, two riders have separated themselves from the rest of the field thanks to a great display of consistency in the opening two events: sitting atop the championship standings is Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), who dominated last time out at the Red Bull Ring by claiming pole position and edging his opponents at the chequered flag. With a third place, a win and 46 points in his pocket, the experienced Frenchman holds a slim five-point advantage over former MotoGP rider Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing), who was back on the podium in Austria (3rd) after scoring a second-place finish in his MotoE debut at the Sachsenring.
Below the 30-point tally – though still eyeing the top of the standings – lies a group of four riders led by AustrianGP podium finisher Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama Racing), fourth with 29 points. He is followed closely by maiden MotoE race winner Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) and home riders Alex De Angelis (OCTO Pramac MotoE) and Matteo Ferrari (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE) – who are three, six and seven points away, respectively, from the Belgian.
At 46 years of age, MotoGP legend Sete Gibernau (Join Contract Pons 40) has proved he can still hold his own against some of the best motorcycle racers around as he sits in seventh place ahead of the ever-fast Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing), who was unable – just like his pre-season rival Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing – to capitalise when it mattered the most.
All eyes will be on the local riders, who are surely eager to shine in front of the vocal and passionate crowd that always takes the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli by storm when MotoGP is in town: alongside the aforementioned De Angelis and Ferrari, Lorenzo Savadori (Team Trentino Gresini MotoE), Niccolò Canepa (LCR E-Team) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracors) will do their utmost to make a difference around the challenging 4.2 km (2.63 mile) Italian racetrack.
As mentioned previously, the #SanMarinoGP will host a brace of MotoE races, the first of which will take place from 16:15 (GMT +2) on Saturday, while the second encounter is scheduled to get underway on Sunday at 10:05. Because it is a doubleheader, free practice 3 has been removed from the timetable, while FP1, FP2 and the E-Pole will all be contested on the opening day – at 8:20, 12:35 and 16:05, respectively.
How to watch the FIM Enel MOTOE World Cup on TV
Here is a list of all the broadcasters showing this new electrifying series around the world!
Italy – Sky – TV8
France – Canal+
Spain – DAZN
Germany – Servus TV
Switzerland – SRF/RTS/RSI
Austria – Servus TV
The Netherlands – Eurosport
Belgium – Canal + – Eurosport
UK – BT Sport
USA – BeIn Sport
South Africa – SuperSport (Mnet)
Otherwise watch MotoE race live on MotoGP.com!