THE CORNERSTONE OF THE 2019 FIM ENEL MOTOE WORLD CUP WAS LAID DOWN TWO WEEKENDS AGO, WHEN A THREE-DAY-TEST WAS PERFORMED BY ALL TWELVE TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE SERIES AT THE JEREZ CIRCUIT.
Twelve, stunning Energica Ego Corsa machines were ridden for the first time by the mix of young and experienced talents of motorcycle racing that form the line-up of the new championship, which will get underway for the first time at this same track on May 3-5 2019.
Among these riders, there was one who made the news by making his return to racing at the age of 48: the two-time MotoGP runner-up and nine-time premier class race winner – once in 500cc and eight times in MotoGP – Sete Gibernau, who looked more than ready for action aboard the Ego Corsa assigned to Pons Racing for this test.
The quickest of them all turned out to be, however, former MotoGP factory rider Bradley Smith (Sic Racing Team), who logged a 1’50.265secs lap-time in the fourth of nine 30-minute sessions (on day two).
This three-day test was more of a shakedown to make sure riders and teams could get a glimpse of the potential of the all-electric superbike machine by Energica before the winter break. In the meetings and briefings held during and after the test, a positive scenario emerged in which team managers had a very positive feedback to report to Energica CTO Giampiero Testoni, who was actively involved with the group of Energica technicians and mechanics in supporting the teams during the test.
SAVADORI, FROM THE EGO CORSA TO THE EVA ESSEESSE9!
Hear from Team Trentino Gresini’s Lorenzo Savadori about his special test ride on the vintage-looking Energica Eva EsseEsse9 on the streets surrounding the Jerez Circuit! Click here fo watch the video (YouTube)