It was an amazing race weekend for Lukas Tulovic, new rider chosen by Hervè Poncharal for the second season of the MotoE World Cup. With a perfect start from the front row, the German rider of the Tech3 E-Racing team managed to take over the lead of the first race of the electric class of the MotoGP, but had to fight hard against the experience of his contenders. By the end Tulovic missed out the podium by just a fraction, ending up fourth after being overtaken by Dominique Aegerter in the last lap.
His teammate Tommaso Marcon was able to improve his position on the grid and crossed the finish line in twelfth place, taking home four precious points from his first race in MotoE despite the knee injury.
“At the end of the first race weekend, I’m really happy to have made such a good step and gained a front row start for the first race. I didn’t expect that and I really have to say thank you to the team. They did an amazing job and gave me a very good setup. I felt really comfortable on the bike. In the race itself, I had a truly good start, I was first in the first corner, but then Eric (Granado) was coming and his pace was incredible. I couldn’t follow. Later I was with Ferrari and Aegerter in the last lap. I was sliding way too much on the exit on the last lap, which is why I couldn’t attack in the last corner. Unfortunately, it was not the podium, but I’m really happy to be in fourth position in my first race. Next week we have another chance.”
“The first race is done and I was struggling all the weekend, because I didn’t understand how to ride, especially with my injured knee. But in the race, I felt better. I improved my lap time by one second and I think we can stay in front, we just need to start closer to the front, because at the first corner I was really careful, as the bike is quite happy and didn’t want to destroy the race early. Also, Hervé told me to keep calm, as it’s the first race. After the first corner, it was going well. The target for the next weekend is to start closer to the front, because then we can also stick with the top guys."
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