On the Jerez de la Frontera track, the riders of the MotoE World Cup 2022 completed three days of testing. The fastest was the Swiss Dominique Aegerter ahead of Jordi Torres and Eric Granato. Immediately behind them are three Italians: Mattia Casadei, Matteo Ferrari, and Niccolò Canepa.
The first three days of testing the MotoE in Jerez took place in highly changeable weather conditions. The sessions on the first day took place on a dry track while the second day was characterized by rain. In the morning session of the third day only a few riders were on track due to the cold and damp track. Only in the afternoon the track became dry and fast again to continue testing.
In the end the fastest was the Swiss Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) followed by Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Eric Granato (LCR E-Team). Close to them we find three Italian riders: Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40), Matteo Ferrari (FELO Gresini MotoE) and Niccolò Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE). The latter was the fastest on the second day, on a wet track.
Miquel Pons, LCR E-Team rider and best rookie of 2021, had to completely skip the test due to an appendectomy on Sunday evening as soon as he arrived in Jerez. Kevin Manfredi (Octo Pramac MotoE) was instead forced to miss the last day of testing due to a crash on the second day. In the last test session Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) had a hand injury after a crash.
For the riders, these first sessions were important to recover the feeling with the Ego Corsa of Energica after the long winter break, while for the organizer of the championship it was an opportunity to test the procedures necessary for the new format of the MotoE 2022. This year, 14 races are scheduled for the MotoGP electric class compared to 7 last year. Furthermore, the qualifying session abandons the EPole format (only 1 flying lap) to move on to Q1 and Q2, homologating to the other classes of the World Championships.
When the riders arrived in the paddock on Sunday evening, they saw their bikes equipped with a new engine.
The first feature of this engine is its weight, 10kg less than the previous model. Some weight was also gained by the new inverter thus carrying the MotoE 2022 to 247kg, about 15kg less than the previous model.
The advantages of the new engine are not only measured in lower weight but also in a different distribution of masses, less inertia and better handling, giving a completely new riding feeling to the bike.
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New components and less weight for the MotoE 2022
Among the tests that took place in these three days, there were:
- a simulation of the qualifying session to see, among other things, how much power can be added to a motorcycle that returns to the pits with a warm battery, using the quick chargers for 10 minutes. This will help to understand how much energy can be added to the two bikes that will go from Q1 to Q2.
- a longer simulation of recharge on the grid, to see if it is possible to run the wet races the same distance as the dry races. At the moment, in the case of a wet race, the race distance is one lap shorter than in the dry race because the riders do two warm-up laps instead of just one.
- test a battery cooling system in the pits as an alternative to the dry ice system. Cooling down the battery between one session and the next will be very important this year as there will be three free practice sessions on Friday.
- test the new Michelin rear tire
The next test will be again on the Andalusian circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, from April 11th to 13th, two weeks before the start of the championship.
Here is the file with the results of the three days of testing.
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