Austrian GP MotoE: Eric Granado in pole position at the Red Bull Ring

Austrian GP MotoE: Eric Granado in pole position at the Red Bull Ring
Eric Granado in pole position in the Austrian GP of MotoE
Eric Granado will start from pole position in the Austrian GP of MotoE

Austrian GP of the MotoE - Eric Granado gains the pole position at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Mattia Casadei and Matteo Ferrari. For the Brazilian rider, it is the first pole position of the 2022 season and seventh in his career in MotoE.

Austrian GP of the MotoE: the time has come for qualifying in Q1 and Q2 style to assign the pole position of the MotoE World Cup at the Red Bull Ring circuit. After competing in FP1 with a wet track and FP2 with a dry track, the riders of the MotoE hit the track for the first qualifying session on the modified Austrian track with the new chicane at Turn 2.
At the end of Q1 the fastest riders were Kevin Zannoni and Xavi Cardelus, who then moved to Q2 after having recharged the battery of their bikes and fitted a new rear tire. The two-time champion of the MotoE, Jordi Torres, failed to qualify for Q2 and will start from eleventh position on the starting grid.

These are the results of the Q1 of the MotoE in the Austrian GP:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 1,41.821
2 18 Xavier CARDELUS Avintia Esponsorama Team 1,41.991 0,170
3 40 Jordi TORRES Pons Racing 40 1,42.050 0,229
4 78 Hikari OKUBO Avant Ajo MotoE 1,42.057 0,236
5 34 Kevin MANFREDI OCTO PRAMAC MotoE 1,42.217 0,396
6 12 Xavi FORES OCTO Pramac MotoE 1,42.755 0,934
7 6 Maria HERRERA Zinia Aspar Team 1,42.768 0,947
8 38 Bradley SMITH WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 1,42.780 0,959
9 70 Marc ALCOBA Zinia Aspar Team 1,43.359 1,538
ND 72 Alessio FINELLO FELO Gresini MotoE NC 0,000

The results of the Q2 of the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring

Q2 began with a first quartet to enter the track composed by Aegerter, the two Tech3 riders and Ferrari. On the contrary, the LCR E-Team duo decided to leave the pits together to face the Austrian qualifying session.
The first to take the lead is Matteo Ferrari, with the time of 1:42.104. After a few seconds it was Granado's turn to set the best laptime with 1:42.024. Ferrari continued to push and taking advantage of Aegerter's slipstream and he lowered the best laptime down to 1:41.670.
Ferrari's leadership did not last long because, a few seconds later, first Casadei and then Granado lowered the best time to 1:41.390. In the following laps, Aegerter, Ferrari and Casadei continued to record very fast laps, but not fast enough to lower Granado's record.
Very fast last lap for everyone but no one can improve his time except Kevin Zannoni who, with a wirn tire on the front, managed to set the 4th best time and overtaked Aegerter.
Best rookie of the day was Alex Escrig (Tech3 E-Racing) with the ninth place.
Absent Alessio Finello (FELO Gresini MotoE), the Italian rider was taken to LKH Judenburg Hospital for the fracture of his right foot during the FP1.

These are the results of the Q2 of the MotoE in the Dutch GP:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 51 Eric GRANADO LCR E-Team 1,41.390
2 27 Mattia CASADEI Pons Racing 40 1,41.530 0,140
3 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE 1,41.569 0,179
4 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 1,41.596 0,206
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1,41.642 0,252
6 7 Niccolo CANEPA WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 1,42.029 0,639
7 18 Xavier CARDELUS Avintia Esponsorama Team 1,42.086 0,696
8 71 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team 1,42.107 0,717
9 17 Alex ESCRIG Tech 3 E-racing 1,42.158 0,768
10 4 Hector GARZO Tech3 E-Racing 1,44.192 2,802

Saturday Race 1 will start at 16:25 while Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 15:30.

This is the starting grid for both races of the Austrian GP of MotoE at the Red Bull Ring:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time
1 51 Eric GRANADO LCR E-Team 1,41.390
2 27 Mattia CASADEI Pons Racing 40 1,41.530
3 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE 1,41.569
4 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 1,41.596
5 77 Dominique AEGERTER Dynavolt Intact GP 1,41.642
6 7 Niccolo CANEPA WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 1,42.029
7 18 Xavier CARDELUS Avintia Esponsorama Team 1,42.086
8 71 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team 1,42.107
9 17 Alex ESCRIG Tech 3 E-racing 1,42.158
10 4 Hector GARZO Tech3 E-Racing 1,44.192
11 40 Jordi TORRES Pons Racing 40 1,42.050
12 78 Hikari OKUBO Avant Ajo MotoE 1,42.057
13 34 Kevin MANFREDI OCTO PRAMAC MotoE 1,42.217
14 12 Xavi FORES OCTO Pramac MotoE 1,42.755
15 6 Maria HERRERA Zinia Aspar Team 1,42.768
16 38 Bradley SMITH WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 1,42.780
17 70 Marc ALCOBA Zinia Aspar Team 1,43.359

Photos: motogp.com

The qualifying session of the Austrian GP of the MotoE is available for free on the MotoGP youtube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/jiyrKnpKt_k

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