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The report of the two MotoE races of the French GP

Matteo Ferrari wins Race 2 of MotoE 2023 in the French GP at Le Mans
Matteo Ferrari wins Race 2 of MotoE 2023 in the French GP at Le Mans (Photo: MotoGP)

In the MotoE French GP at Le Mans, Jordi Torres and Matteo Ferrari claimed victory in Race 1 and Race 2, respectively. Here is the report of the two races.

This is the report of the two races of the MotoE French GP which took place this weekend at the circuit of Le Mans, the first round of the 2023 season of the MotoE, the first with World Championship status and with the new V21L electric Ducati.

GP of France of the MotoE: Race 1

Garzò got off to an excellent start, immediately moving ahead of Ferrari and Torres. Nicolas Spinelli (HP Pons Los40) moves up to fourth position after a good start, with the rookie slipping behind the top three.
Leading the race, Garzò and Ferrari swapped the lead on lap two and then again on the following lap, with the Italian overtaking the Spaniard twice at turn 5 thanks to a closer and more effective line.
As many riders had predicted, the front tire began to drop its performance in the middle of the race. The first of the riders who suffered from the drop in tire performance was Nicholas Spinelli while he was in fourth position, battling with Ferrari, Garzò and Torres for a place on the podium. Immediately afterwards, Mantovani crashed, and in the following lap, it was the turn of Pons and Casadei.

Krummenacher and Manfredi battling for the podium in Race 1 of the MotoE in Le Mans
Krummenacher and Manfredi battling for the podium in Race 1 at Le Mans (photo: MotoGP)

Four laps from the end, the twist of the race. At turn six, a downhill right-hander that MotoE does around 90 km/h, Garzò has a wide trajectory, and Ferrari takes the opportunity to take the lead again. At the following braking, the Gresini team rider is slightly off the trajectory, the front loses grip, and the Italian ends up on the ground. Garzò takes the lead, closely followed by Jordi Torres.
Behind them, more than five seconds away, is a group of riders made up of Krummenacher, Manfredi, Zaccone, Okubo and Zannoni.
At the time of Ferrari's crash, the yellow flags were still displayed on that sector of track due to the crash of Casadei and Pons. The fact that the yellow flags were still in force cost Ferrari a long-lap penalty to be served in Race 2.
Alessandro Zaccone and Kevin Manfredi were also sanctioned with a long lap penalty to be served immediately, for cutting a chicane.
The last lap saw Torres choosing the perfect moment to attack Garzò at the first chicane and then giving his all to keep the Intact GP team rider behind him. Torres succeeded; the number 81 managed to keep the front until the finish line, taking the first victory of the FIM Enel MotoE World Championship for less than a tenth.
Behind Garzò, the fight for the podium saw Krummenacher excel, at his debut in MotoE, ahead of Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse). Hikari Okubo (Tech3 E-Racing) completed the Top 5.

This is the order of arrival for Race 1 of the French GP of MotoE:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 81 Jordi TORRES Openbank Aspar Team 13'29.947
2 4 Hector GARZO Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE 13'30.039 0,092
3 3 Randy KRUMMENACHER Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE 13'37.486 7,539
4 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 13'37.774 7,827
5 78 Hikari OKUBO TECH3 E-Racing 13'39.085 9,138
6 53 Tito RABAT Prettl Pramac MotoE 13'40.880 10,933
7 34 Kevin MANFREDI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 13'41.145 11,198
8 61 Alessandro ZACCONE TECH3 E-Racing 13'42.435 12,488
9 72 Alessio FINELLO FELO Gresini MotoE 13'44.525 14,578
10 23 Luca SALVADORI Prettl Pramac MotoE 13'44.765 14,818
11 8 Mika PEREZ RNF MotoE Team 13'48.124 18,177
12 6 Maria HERRERA Openbank Aspar Team 13'54.686 24,739
13 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE nc 0,000
14 40 Mattia CASADEI Pons Racing 40 nc 0,000
15 77 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team nc 0,000
16 9 Andrea MANTOVANI RNF MotoE Team nc 0,000
17 29 Nicholas SPINELLI Pons Racing 40 nc 0,000
Jordi Torres wins Race 1 of MotoE 2023 in the French GP at Le Mans
Jordi Torres wins Race 1 of MotoE 2023 of the French GP at Le Mans (Photo: MotoGP)

GP of France of the MotoE: Race 2

Matteo Ferrari, who started from pole position, immediately regained the lead of the race, putting himself in front of Garzò, who had entered the first corner first. Behind them, the winner of race 1, Jordi Torres. The Gresini team rider knew that he would have to serve a long lap penalty for crashing under the yellow flag in Race 1.
Nicholas Spinelli (HP Pons Los40) also got off to a good start and gained the fourth position, while his teammate Mattia Casadei was in fifth position after a few corners.
After taking the lead of the race, Ferrari pushed hardly, making many fast laps at a pace of 1:40 to gain as much advantage as possible before the message from the Race Direction to do the Long Lap. Ferrari took the penalty on the last opportunity, rejoining the track behind Torres and Garzò and ahead of Casadei and Spinelli.

Matteo Ferrari wins Race 2 of MotoE 2023 in the French GP at Le Mans
Matteo Ferrari wins Race 2 of MotoE 2023 in the French GP at Le Mans (Photo: MotoGP)

Ferrari's mission was clear, to win Race 2. The Italian tailed Garzò until he found a gap at turn 1 to then set off in pursuit of Torres. The overtaking on the Spaniard took place on the last lap, in the fast corner of over 240 km/h immediately after the finish line. Ferrari entered the chicane first and managed to stay ahead on the final lap to take his first win of the year in style.
Torres' second place was very tactical, as the Spaniard increased his lead in terms of points, while Garzò, third, conquered his second podium of the day and second place in the general standings. The fight immediately behind them saw Casadei beat teammate Spinelli. Behind them, in the Top 10: Mantovani, Krummenacher, Zannoni, Zaccone and Okubo.
For Gresini Racing it is the 200th podium in the World Championship, and for Ferrari it is the first victory on a non-Italian circuit.

This is the order of arrival for Race 2 of the French GP of MotoE:

POS. N. Nat. Rider Team Time Gap
1 11 Matteo FERRARI FELO Gresini MotoE 13'28.079
2 81 Jordi TORRES Openbank Aspar Team 13'28.791 0,712
3 4 Hector GARZO Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE 13'29.772 1,693
4 40 Mattia CASADEI Pons Racing 40 13'31.224 3,145
5 29 Nicholas SPINELLI Pons Racing 40 13'31.860 3,781
6 9 Andrea MANTOVANI RNF MotoE Team 13'34.131 6,052
7 3 Randy KRUMMENACHER Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE 13'34.634 6,555
8 21 Kevin ZANNONI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse 13'35.596 7,517
9 61 Alessandro ZACCONE TECH3 E-Racing 13'38.222 10,143
10 78 Hikari OKUBO TECH3 E-Racing 13'41.640 13,561
11 72 Alessio FINELLO FELO Gresini MotoE 13'41.701 13,622
12 77 Miquel PONS LCR E-Team 13'44.882 16,803
13 23 Luca SALVADORI Prettl Pramac MotoE 13'45.850 17,771
14 8 Mika PEREZ RNF MotoE Team 13'46.987 18,908
15 6 Maria HERRERA Openbank Aspar Team 13'49.298 21,219
16 53 Tito RABAT Prettl Pramac MotoE 14'26.662 58,583
17 34 Kevin MANFREDI Ongetta Sic58 Squadra Corse nc 0,000
Ferrari's victory in MotoE gives the podium number 200 in the world championship to Gresini Racing
Ferrari's victory in MotoE gives Gresini Racing the 200th podium in the World Championship (photo: MotoGP)

After the two Le Mans races, the leader of MotoE is Jordi Torres with 45 points, ahead of Garzò, Ferrari, Krummenacher and Zannoni.
The next round of the MotoE World Championship is the Italian GP at Mugello on the 9th and 10th of June.

A moment from Race 1 of the MotoE during the French GP

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The standings of the 2023 championship

A moment from Race 1 of the MotoE during the French GP

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The gallery of the French GP 2023

Photos: MotoGP

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