MotoE World Cup 2022: for the fourth consecutive year, Matteo Ferrari gains a place on the final podium of the MotoGP electric class. After the victory in 2019 and second place in 2020, this year the Gresini team rider ends in third position, as in 2021.
Once again Matteo Ferrari stands on the final podium in the MotoE World Cup; the Italian rider ends the 2022 season in third position, achieveing the fourth consecutive podium in the MotoGP electric class classification. After the title of MotoE conquered in 2019, Ferrari followed up with second place in 2020, third in 2021 and another third place this year. However, if last year's third position was an unexpected result, obtained in the last round at Misano with the victory in the home race, the result of 2022 could have been even better if the Gresini team rider hadn't crashed in the penultimate round in Austria.
In the 2022 season, Ferrari tooke two victories, at Mugello and Misano, plus three other podiums. The two rounds in Italy were the best of the season for Ferrari (first and second in the two races of the Italian GP and first and third in the San Marino GP), but 2022 was also characterized by an excellent weekend in Assen ( two fourth places) and Jerez (third in race 1). Unfortunately, ninth and fourteenth places at the Red Bull Ring cost important points for the fight in the championship.
In addition to the podium of the category, Ferrari is one of the undisputed protagonist of this category and one of the most fearsome contenders for the title in 2023 with the MotoE of Ducati.
For Alessio Finello, rookie in MotoE, 2022 was an uphill year, in which the Gresini team rider also suffered an injury by falling at the Red Bull Ring. The Italian rider also made his debut in the most competitive year ever in the MotoE. In fact, in 2022, the average gap in the race between the winner and the tenth was about six seconds, compared to twelve seconds in 2019, the debut year of the MotoE World Cup.
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The gallery of the San Marino GP of MotoE 2022
Matteo Ferrari (FELO Gresini Racing MotoE) - Third in the MotoE World Cup 2022
Ferrari says that, in the last round at Misano, “I was satisfied with the Friday sessions, because we had improved both in terms of laptime and pace, which was important in view of the two races. We needed to improve further in T4, but in the other sectors we were close so I felt confident.”
“Saturday, however, was a difficult race. The first lap I didn't have too much feeling with the rear tire and I made a small mistake after the Quercia corner, losing a bit. I pushed hard to close the gap, I managed to pass Torres, but Mattia and Dominique today were really difficult to overcome. In the end I finished third. I missed getting on the podium, it was a great result for me and for the team.
On Sunday the race was very good but at the same time very difficult, probably the toughest of my career. I was really far from Casadei who was first and he was my rival in the championship; I could never give up even a second until the last lap. I didn't know if I would be able to do it, but when I found Dominique in front, something snapped in my head, I started to believe it and I really did it. Finishing third in the championship once again is something unique, but above all winning the last race was like closing a circle.”
Alessio Finello (FELO Gresini Racing MotoE) - Rookie of the MotoE World Cup 2022
“Getting back on track after the injury was not easy but I expected it. I used the first session to regain confidence with the bike, with which I hadn't raced since the crash in Austria. We managed to improve a lot, in qualifying I had removed another eight tenths of a second from my time trial compared to free practice, and I was getting closer and closer to the other riders. I was struggling to make strength with my injured foot, but I was still confident for the races.
Race 1 was tough. Clearly I was not satisfied with the result and the position in the standings, but I have to be honest with myself: I was not even sure I could be on track this weekend, so already the fact that I managed to finish the race by even making my personal best lap helped me accept the result. These two weeks of recovery didn't help my fitness so looking at the glass half full, we were able to grow over the weekend despite everything.
On Sunday I was even happier: I significantly improved my best lap and also my race pace. The riders in the front ran very strong but I also had to take into account my physical condition. After the crash in Austria I had promised myself to race in Misano and we did it, all together. The team has really helped me a lot, they have always kept me in good spirits and I am really happy this season with them. I am a bit disappointed in myself for the results I have achieved, but in any case up to Austria there has been a continuous growth. I thank all the people who came to follow me for this last round of the championship, my family, my sponsors, my fans and supporters who gave me an extra shot of life to overcome the pain."
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The final classification of the championship
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