Spanish GP of the MotoE - Granado wins also the second race of the MotoE in Jerez in front of the teammate Miquel Pons and Mattia Casadei. On the Jerez circuit, the LCR E-Team wins both races in addition to the pole position of the MotoE.
At the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) also won the second race of the fourth season of the MotoE World Cup. The Brazilian rider reached the finish line first followed by teammate Miquel Pons and Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40). In MotoE it is the first time that a team has managed to conquer the two highest steps of the podium.
At the start the fastest is Hector Garzò (Tech3 E-Racing) who goes in the lead followed by Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing40) and Miquel Pons. Casadei immediately attacks Garzò at the first opportunity and takes the lead at turn 5. In the braking of turn 6 Pons attacks Casadei but both go wide and Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) takes the lead of the race. Halfway through the first lap, behind the Swiss rider we find Pons, Okubo, Garzò, Casadei and Granado.
At the braking of turn 13, Pons attacks Aegerter and takes the lead again while in the middle of the group Alcoba looses the front in the same curve and forces Tulovic to go wide to avoid him.
In the second lap, Garzò goes back to third position passing Okubo while behind them Granado passes in front of Casadei. A few corners later Granado passes two other riders and gets into third position. Meanwhile Maria Herrera receives a double long lap penalty for jump start.
With six laps to gp to the end of the race, the group is led to Pons, Aegerter and Granado who has a pace of 1:48.1. Garzò is four tenths behind the leading group and is followed by Okubo and Casadei. The Italian rider tries to overtake the Japanese rider at turn 13 but Okubo closes the line and keeps fifth place.
At the front, the race is always led by the trio formed by the two riders of the LCR team and Aegerter.
With five laps to go, Ruiz, who replaces the injured Cardelus, is the author of a scary crash at turn 4, fortunately without consequences for the rider. The yellow flags are displayed at turns 3 and 4 and the Avintia team's bike is removed from the gravel without any problems.
Meanwhile, a few curves ahead, Aegerter moves to Pons' attack and regains the lead. Behind them Granado takes no risks and studies the fight between the two riders in front of him. Behind the first three a group formed by Garzò, Casadei, Okubo, Ferrari and Torres is eight tenths of a second behind the first three.
At turn 13, it's time for a new Pons' attack to Aegerter; the Spaniard enters very decisively inside the Swiss rider and takes again the leadership of the race. Behind them Casadei overtakes Garzò; the Spaniard tries to resist outside the line but looses the front and is forced to retire.
With two laps to go, Aegerter is again leading the front group chased by the two LCRs; Casadei is 1 second behind. New attack from Pons and new change at the head of the race with the Spaniard leading the group at the start of the last lap.
Immediately at turn 1 Aegerter attacks Pons but the Swiss is forced to widen the line and let both LCR riders pass. Behind him, in the meantime, Casadei gains meters and is just a few tenths of a second behind.
It is time for Granado to launch the final attack on his teammate: the Brazilian exits very quickly from turn 5 and on the following straight joins Pons and overtakes him under braking. Granado closes the corner perfectly, preventing Pons from crossing the lines towards the next corner. At this point the rider number 51 pushes in the following corners and arrives at the braking of the last corner with a sufficient advantage to be safe from possible attacks by his pursuers.
Casadei's last lap is also a masterpiece, with the Italian recovering a second on Aegerter and passing him at the braking of the last corner, conquering the third step of the podium behind the two LCR riders.
Lucio Cecchinello's team thus closes a perfect weekend, with its riders conquering the first position in all sessions, the pole position with Miquel Pons and both races with Eric Granado. The LCR E-Team also becomes the first team to win the top positions of the podium in a race in MotoE.
At the finish line the best rookie was once again the eighteen year old Alex Escrig of the Tech3 E-Racing team.
|1||51||Eric GRANADO||LCR E-Team||14,36.321|
|2||71||Miquel PONS||LCR E-Team||14,36.538||0,217|
|3||27||Mattia CASADEI||Pons Racing 40||14,36.715||0,394|
|4||77||Dominique AEGERTER||Dynavolt Intact GP||14,36.809||0,488|
|5||78||Hikari OKUBO||Avant Ajo MotoE||14,37.503||1,182|
|6||11||Matteo FERRARI||FELO Gresini MotoE||14,38.036||1,715|
|7||40||Jordi TORRES||Pons Racing 40||14,39.022||2,701|
|8||17||Alex ESCRIG||Tech 3 E-racing||14,40.523||4,202|
|9||7||Niccolo CANEPA||WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team||14,41.792||5,471|
|10||34||Kevin MANFREDI||OCTO PRAMAC MotoE||14,42.076||5,755|
|11||12||Xavi FORES||OCTO Pramac MotoE||14,43.382||7,061|
|12||3||Lukas TULOVIC||WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team||14,46.818||10,497|
|13||21||Kevin ZANNONI||Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse||14,47.201||10,880|
|14||6||Maria HERRERA||Zinia Aspar Team||14,54.595||18,274|
|15||72||Alessio FINELLO||FELO Gresini MotoE||15,02.664||26,343|
|16||4||Hector GARZO||Tech3 E-Racing||7,21.119||4,000|
|17||28||Yeray RUIZ||Avintia Esponsorama Team||5,37.990||5,000|
|18||70||Marc ALCOBA||Zinia Aspar Team||nd||0,000|
The next round of the MotoE World Cup is in two weeks on the French track of Le Mans for the French GP.
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