MotoE in Assen - Matteo Ferrari twice out of the podium in the Dutch GP. In both races, the rider from Rimini crossed the finish line in fourth position. Alessio Finello in Race 2 was close to the Top 10, finishing twelfth, his best result of the season.
MotoE in Assen - In both races of the Dutch GP, fourth round of the MotoE 2022 at the Assen circuit, Matteo Ferrari was the protagonist of intense battles with Dominique Aegerter, leader of the class, Eric Granado and Mattia Casadei.
In Race 1, Ferrari led until the middle of the race, before being overtaken by Granado and Aegerter. The FELO Gresini Racing rider could still have fought for the win if he hadn't risked a high side out of turn five with three laps to go. Ferrari was able to regain control of the bike but had to lose time and valuable positions which cost him the race. The Italian rider finished fourth just half a second behind the winner, Dominque Aegerter.
In Race 2, Ferrari still finished fourth in a race interrupted by the red flag after a few laps, due to the scary accident of Miquel Pons, who broke two vertebrae, fortunately without spinal cord injury.
The Dutch GP was an opportunity for Alessio Finello to race for the first time at the Assen circuit. The rookie of the FELO Gresini Racing team finished sixteenth in race 1 and in twelfth position in race 2, obtaining the best result of the season in the race.
The next round of the MotoE World Cup is after the summer break, from August 19th to 21st, on the Austrian Red Bull Ring track.
Matteo Ferrari (FELO Gresini Racing team) - twice fourth in the Dutch GP of the MotoE
“On Friday I was very happy, we went straight to Q2 even if the conditions were difficult, which is why FP2 was then canceled. Qualifying was not easy either, especially the first few laps where I had to find different reference points in the dry, trying to remember them from last year too, and above all there was not so much grip. Lap after lap, however, I managed to improve and I'm really happy with the front row.
On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed with Saturday's race: I got a good start, I immediately finished in first position, I had a good pace and we were the ones with the best pace on the track. On the fourth lap Granado overtook me, we slowed down and the riders in the back got closer. Then I made two mistakes that made me lose some positions, I tried to recover as much as possible and I crossed the line in fourth position. We still gained important points for the championship but unfortunately we lost as many by not finishing in the lead.
Sunday… .well, it never happened to me to do a three-lap race: the bike was fine, we took a further step forward. Given the raindrops in the first laps I wanted to be cautious and then play it all out in the end, but then the race was stopped. I'm sorry because this weekend didn't give us the results we deserved, because we went fast. We still gained important points for the championship but unfortunately we lost as many by not finishing in the lead. We still take home two important fourth places for the championship, now we lack that extra bit of luck to recover some points in Austria! I thank the team and all the sponsors.”
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Alessio Finello (FELO Gresini Racing team) - 16th and 12th in the Dutch GP of MotoE
“Friday was a tough day: running for the first time on this track in dry conditions directly in qualifying was not easy at all. I feel I have taken a step forward anyway, having reduced the distance from the Top 10 to a second.
Race 1 was very difficult: I ran 1,6 seconds faster than in practice but that wasn't enough. With this pace I would have expected to be able to compete with the group, but the other riders have also improved. Also on the first lap to avoid a rider who was in danger of crashing I lost some positions gained at the start and contact with the group. I managed to recover the rider in front of me, but unfortunately I was not able to overtake him: I have to work on this in view of the next races.
Sunday was a particularly complicated day, starting with the line-up on the grid where it was essential to choose the right tire, a rather difficult choice given that the weather was constantly changing. Then a race of only three laps: had it lasted longer we could have played for the Top 10. However, we finished in twelfth position, which is our best result of the season and this makes us understand that we have taken a step forward and are growing. Now there is the summer break: see you in Austria where I will be ready to resume work from where we left it and grow again”.
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The gallery of the Dutch GP of MotoE in Assen
Photos: motogp.com and Gresini Racing
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