Italian GP of the MotoE: Ferrari wins race 2 at Mugello

Italian GP of the MotoE: Ferrari wins race 2 at Mugello
Italian GP of the MotoE Ferrari
Italian GP of the MotoE - Ferrari wins race 2 at Mugello

Italian GP of the MotoE - Ferrari wins race 2 at Mugello ahead of Aegerter and Alcoba. On the Mugello circuit, the Italian rider is back to victory in MotoE while Aegerter consolidates his leadership in the championship. For Marc Alcoba it is the first podium in MotoE.

Italian GP of the MotoE: Ferrari wins race 2 - On the Mugello circuit, Matteo Ferrari (FELO Gresini Racing MotoE) won the second race of the Italian GP of the MotoE World Cup 2022. The Italian rider arrived first at the finish line followed by Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE) and by Marc Alcoba (Openbank Aspar Team). Ferrari is back to victory in MotoE after the five victories at Misano in recent years. New podium for Dominique Aegerter who extends his advantage in the general classification, which is of 28 points ahead of Granado. First podium in MotoE for Marc Alcoba who achieves the third place in the photo finish.
At the start the fastest is Zannoni who goes in the lead followed by Aegerter, Ferrari and Casadei. At the exit of turn 1, Casadei loses grip on the rear and ends up on the ground; the Italian rider of the Pons Racing 40 team is forced to retire in the first seconds of the race. The leading group is very compact, with Manfredi, Pons, Granado and Alcoba in the slipstream of the top three.
At the braking of the Scarperia corner, Ferrari tries a first attack on Aegerter but the Swiss rider resists and keeps second place. The leading group arrives all in a row at the Correntaio and moves towards the Biondetti but behind it Okubo, at the inlet to Biondetti 1, falls for a highside. The Japanese rider is sore in his leg and retires from the race.

Italian GP of the MotoE Aegerter wins
Italian GP of the MotoE: Dominique Aegerter

The first lap ends with Ferrari on the straight using the slipstream and joining Aegerter. Behind them the other riders also take advantage of the slipstream and arrive in five side by side at the braking of the San Donato (turn 1). Zannoni is always first at the corner exit while behind him Ferrari, Pons, Alcoba and Canepa manage to overtake Aegerter. Behind the Swiss rider there is his main rival in the standings: Eric Granado.
At Casanova-Savelli curve, Ferrari attacks Zannoni but must give up and remain in second position. The group continues the second lap with all the first riders one after the other without any other overtaking attempts at the Correntaio or Bucine.
The leading group passes on the straight to start the third lap, with Ferrari in the slipstream of Zannoni and Pons gaining meters in the slipstream of both.
At the braking of the San Donato there is a double overtaking: Ferrari overtakes Zannoni for the leadership of the race while behind them Alcoba overtakes Pons. Behind these riders the group is compact with Canepa in front of Granado, Aegerter, Mantovani, Garzò and Manfredi.

Italian GP of the MotoE - Ferrari leads the group in race 2 at Mugello

Ferrari tries to take advantage of the free track in front of him and pushes to gain meters on his pursuers. Behind him Alcoba involuntarily helps him, keeping overtaking Zannoni for the second position. The overtaking fails but the two lose a couple of tenths on Ferrari. Just behind them Aegerter began his comeback, overtaking Eric Grando at the Bucine curve.
The fourth lap begins with Zannoni taking advantage of Ferrari's slipstream to bridge the gap from the Gresini team rider and overtake him. However, Ferrari reacts and overtakes the Sic58 team rider at the braking of the first corner. Behind them the splistreams give an advantage in comeback riders, in particular Pons and Canepa overtake Alcoba and are candidates for a place on the final podium. In the fight for the general classification, Granado overtakes Aegerter. Ferrari pushes very hard in the lead and exits the last corner which leads to the finish line 0,3 seconds ahead of Zannoni.

Italian GP of the MotoE: Marc Alcoba

The long Mugello straight allows riders in the slipstream to gain 5-6 km/h on whoever precedes them, allowing them to recover positions at the end of the straight. This does not apply to Zannoni, who is now too far from Ferrari to take advantage of their slipstream and get back to first position. Ferrari takes advantage of the free track in front of him to continue to push, reaching half a second ahead of his pursuers.
The group chasing Ferrari arrives at Arrabbiate with Zannoni second followed by Pons, Alcoba, Canepa, Granado and Aegerter. In the following braking, Pons brakes very hard and passes Zannoni. Alcoba also attacks the Italian rider at the Correntaio corner and passes him, gaining the provisional third place. Zannoni makes a mistake at Bucine, the long downhill curve that leads to the finish straight. The speed lost due to the mistake costs Zannoni dearly as he is overtaked by Granado, Aegerter and Canepa on the straight.

Italian GP of the MotoE: Miquel Pons

The last lap of the race begins with Ferrari still in the lead with half a second ahead of his rivals who form a compact group with Pons, Alcoba, Aegerter and Canepa. At Bucine Aegerter brakes very late and enters the curve ahead of Alcoba. The leader of the World Cup classification sees the opportunity to earn important points on Granado who is stuck in the group. Leaving Bucine, Aegerter gets behind Pons trying to recover the meters that separate him from second position.
Ahead Ferrari crossed the finish line alone, taking its sixth victory in MotoE, the first on a circuit other than Misano. Behind him Aegerter takes Pons' slipstream but Alcoba takes both of them and gains a lot of speed on the final straight. Both Aegerter and Alcoba overtake Pons and arrive at the finish line with the exact same time; only verification at the photo finish assigns second place to Aegerter and third to Alcoba. For the Swiss rider there are 20 very important points in the championship while for Alcoba it is the first ever podium in MotoE.

The image of the arrival of Aegerter and Alcoba.

Behind the first three cross the finish line in order: Pons, Canepa, Mantovani, Granado, Zannoni, Manfredi, Garzò, Roccoli, Fores, Escrig, Finello and Herrera. The order of arrival was subsequently modified by the Race Direction who assigned penalties to Alcoba, Granado and Canepa for not respecting the yellow flags. Below is the final order of arrival of Race 2 of the MotoE:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE 12,04.368
2 77 Dominique AEGERTER Dynavolt Intact GP 12,04.897 0,529
3 71 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team 12,04.934 0,566
4 9 Andrea MANTOVANI WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 12,05.989 1,621
5 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 12,06.094 1,726
6 7 Niccolo CANEPA WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 12,05.107 0,739
7 70 Marc ALCOBA Zinia Aspar Team 12,04.897 0,529
8 51 Eric GRANADO LCR E-Team 12,06.046 1,678
9 34 Kevin MANFREDI OCTO PRAMAC MotoE 12,07.004 2,636
10 4 Hector GARZO Tech3 E-Racing 12,08.954 4,586
11 55 Massimo ROCCOLI Pons Racing 40 12,14.459 10,091
12 12 Xavi FORES OCTO Pramac MotoE 12,14.915 10,547
13 17 Alex ESCRIG Tech 3 E-racing 12,15.132 10,764
14 72 Alessio FINELLO FELO Gresini MotoE 12,16.533 12,165
15 6 Maria HERRERA Zinia Aspar Team 12,21.485 17,117

The next round of the MotoE World Cup is in a month on the Dutch track in Assen, from 26 to 28 June.

Photos: motogp.com and Michelin Motorsport

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