GP of France of the MotoE: Casadei wins race 1 at Le Mans

GP of France of the MotoE: Casadei wins race 1 at Le Mans
GP of France of the MotoE Casadei
Casadei wins Race 1 of the MotoE in Le Mans

GP of France of the MotoE - Casadei wins race 1 at Le Mans ahead of Aegerter and Okubo. On the Le Mans circuit, the Italian rider achieves his first victory in MotoE. Crash at the last corner for Zannoni when he was second.

On the Le Mans circuit, Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) won the first race of the French GP of the MotoE World Cup 2022. The Italian rider arrived first at the finish line followed by Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) and the Japanese Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE). Casadei scored his first career victory in MotoE after several podiums achieved in recent years. First podium in MotoE also for Hikari Okubo.
At the start the fastest is Kevin Zannoni (Sic58 Squadra Corse) who goes in the lead followed by Casadei, Okubo and Aegerter. Behind them Torres crashes at the exit of the first chicane. The Spanish rider is hit in the legs by Canepa's and Fores' bikes following him. Torres is taken to the medical center for a checkup where the fibula fracture of his left leg will be found.

GP of France of the MotoE Zannoni
GP of France of the MotoE: Kevin Zannoni

In the lead meanwhile, at the exit from the chicane, Casadei overtakes Zannoni and take an advantage, gaining a few tenths on his pursuers. Okubo follows the Italian duo with 1 second ahead of Aegerter, Escrig, Ferrari and Granado. On the second lap Escrig makes a mistake at turn 9, rejoining the track in seventh position.
On the third lap Ferrari chases Aegerter but fails to keep the pace of the Swiss rider who pushes hard to recover the gap from the top three. Meanwhile, Marc Alcoba crashes at turn 12.
Five laps to go, a group is formed fighting for fifth place, made up of Ferrari, Granado, Escrig, Garzò and Pons. In the meantime, Zannoni recovers a few tenths on Casadei. With four laps to go, the advantage of the Pons team rider is only 360 thousandths over Zannoni while Okubo is 1 second behind. Fourth position for Aegerter while Ferrari consolidates his fifth place by detaching the riders who follow him.

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GP of France of the MotoE: Dominique Aegerter

With three laps to go, Zannoni closes the gap with Casadei and the two Italian riders lead the race at close range. Meanwhile Aegerter tries to recover a place on the podium by lapping in 1:43.5, four tenths from Okubo who precedes him. In the same lap, long lap penalty for Escrig.
The riders cross the finish line with two laps still to be completed. Casadei and Zannoni form the leading duo while behind them Aegerter closes the gap with Okubo and overtakes him in the braking to the first chicane. Ferrari also tries to recover the gap with Okubo, turning in 1:43.8.
At the beginning of the last lap, Zannoni is closed to Casadei but the Pons team rider closes all the lines perfectly. Zannoni makes a first attempt at braking at turn 9 and a second at turn 11 but Casadei closes all the lines. The Sic58 team rider makes a last attempt at the inlet of turn 12 trying to replicate last year's winning overtaking by Granado on Zaccone. Casadei, however, brakes to the limit and leaves no room for Zannoni who, in an attempt to recover the trajectory, loses grip on the front and crashes.

GP of France of the MotoE: Hikari Okubo

Mattia Casadei passes first under the checkered flag achieveing his first victory in MotoE. On the podium also Dominique Aegerter and Hikari Okubo. For the Japanese rider it is the first podium in MotoE.
Matteo Ferrari ends fourth in front of Hector Garzò and Miquel Pons. Eric Granado is seventh and precedes the duo of the WithU GRT RNF team MotoE formed by Niccolò Canepa and Andrea Mantovani. Closes the Top 10 Alex Escrig.
In the overall classification Granado is always first with 59 points ahead of Aegerter with 53 and Mattia Casadei with 41.
Tomorrow at 15:30 the start of Race 2 with the same starting grid.

Eric Granado, leader of the standings after 3 races
POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 27 Mattia CASADEI Pons Racing 40 13,54.984
2 77 Dominique AEGERTER Dynavolt Intact GP 13,55.810 0,826
3 78 Hikari OKUBO Avant Ajo MotoE 13,56.207 1,223
4 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE 13,56.685 1,701
5 4 Hector GARZO Tech3 E-Racing 14,00.738 5,754
6 71 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team 14,01.373 6,389
7 51 Eric GRANADO LCR E-Team 14,01.902 6,918
8 7 Niccolo CANEPA WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 14,02.092 7,108
9 9 Andrea MANTOVANI WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team 14,03.568 8,584
10 17 Alex ESCRIG Tech 3 E-racing 14,03.697 8,713
11 18 Xavier CARDELUS Avintia Esponsorama Team 14,05.379 10,395
12 12 Xavi FORES OCTO Pramac MotoE 14,06.086 11,102
13 34 Kevin MANFREDI OCTO PRAMAC MotoE 14,06.711 11,727
14 6 Maria HERRERA Openbank Aspar Team 14,07.965 12,981
15 72 Alessio FINELLO FELO Gresini MotoE 14,17.109 22,125
16 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 14,35.621 40,637
nd 70 Marc ALCOBA Openbank Aspar Team 3,37.283 0,000
nd 40 Jordi TORRES Pons Racing 40 nd 0,000

Photo: motogp.com

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