MotoE 2022 test in Jerez - Both LCR E-Team riders in Top 5

MotoE 2022 test in Jerez - Both LCR E-Team riders in Top 5
MotoE 2022 test in Jerez
MotoE Test 2022 in Jerez - Miquel Pons during the race simulation

MotoE 2022 test in Jerez - Both LCR E-Team riders have finished the MotoE World Cup test in the Top5 of the fastest riders. Eric Granado and Miquel Pons are now ready for the first race of the season scheduled for the end of April at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto.

The MotoE World Cup has completed its final days of testing at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto in preparation for the fourth season of the championship. It was not an easy few days on the Andalusian circuit; the weather once again influenced the course of the three sessions scheduled for each test day. On the first day, with a dry track, the new qualifying format in Q1 and Q2 style was tested, while on the second day the rain fell intermittently and thwarted the teams' programs. The sun only returned on the third day, allowing for a simulated race.

MotoE 2022 test in Jerez
MotoE Test 2022 in Jerez - Eric Granado with the MotoE

After injuring himself during the first winter test in March, LCR E-Team rider Eric Granado is back in top form, finishing the first day at the top of the standings. Teammate Miquel Pons missed the first test in March due to emergency appendicitis surgery. For this reason, for the Spaniard, Monday was the first moment on the track with the MotoE 2022.
Both riders continued to improve their lap times session by session and took part in a race simulation on the final day. Unfortunately, they both had technical problems. Granado, who started from Pole Position, was able to finish the race fourteenth while Pons retired.

MotoE 2022 test in Jerez
MotoE Test 2022 in Jerez - The start of the race simulation

Results of the race simulation of the MotoE in Jerez:
1. Dominique AEGERTER / SWI 
2. Hector GARZO / SPA - (+1.601)
3. Mattia CASADEI / ITA - (+6.702)
4. Hikari OKUBO / JAP - (+6.851)
5. Kevin ZANNONI / ITA - (+14.897)

The Top5 of the laptimes of the MotoE World Cup in Jerez:
1. Hector GARZO / SPA - 1:48.458
2. Dominique AEGERTER / SWI - 1:48.480 (+0.022)
3. Matteo FERRARI / ITA - 1:48.505 (+0.047)
4. Eric GRANADO / BRA - 1:48.666 (+0.208)
5. Miquel PONS / SPA - 1:48.710 (+0.254)

Eric Granado (LCR E-Team)
“It’s good to be back riding my MotoE bike after my injury last time around. From the beginning, I was feeling good, improving my lap time in every session and feeling confident with the bike. We did a great job on the first day.
Last day of test, was good. We had good weather. I had a great session and then we did the race simulation. We had a problem on the bike, it stopped. I could turn it on again and do some laps and then I crashed. It was a slow corner. I am ok and 100% ready for the race. Anyway, we know in which direction we have to work. I am feeling good with the team, I am happy with the job we are doing and I am looking forward to the first race of the year.”

Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team)
“This test is the first of 2022 for me. Monday morning, I felt a bit strange because the bike is not the same as last year. We changed the settings and I felt more comfortable later on. We did a great job with the team. We had a Qualy simulation, I finished fourth.
On Wednesday morning we tried different settings and we were ready for the race. However, the race simulation was not as good as we expected. I had to retire due to technical problems, but we were faster than in the morning session. We return home with the fifth position overall, and I am happy, but we know we have more power that we showed in this test.”

At this point, the teams and riders return home but will be back in Jerez de la Frontera for the first race of the MotoE World Cup 2022, later this month, for the Spanish GP. For the event, two free practice sessions are scheduled, plus the qualifying session in the new Q1 and Q2 format and two races, one on Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday, after the MotoGP race.

Photos: (www.motogp.com)

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