Who will win the MotoE World Cup 2021?

Who will win the MotoE World Cup 2021?

This weekend on the international circuit of Misano "Marco Simoncelli", the winner of the MotoE World Cup 2021. will be decided. The rider who will be at the top of the standings after the two races scheduled for the San Marino GP will add his name to that of Matteo Ferrari and Jordi Torres, who before him won the title of the MotoGP electric class.

This, provided that Jordi Torres, already winner of the 2020 edition, will not become the MotoE winner for the second time. Nevertheless, the Spanish rider of the Pons Racing team is one of the four names that can probably aspire to the category's title together with Alessandro Zaccone, Eric Granado, and Dominique Aegerter.
MotoE is used to sensational twists like in the final stage of the last season at Le Mans when Matteo Ferrari and Dominique Aegerter, the two favourites for the title, crashed in race one, allowing Torres to win his first title.

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The overall standings

Nothing can be ruled out, but it is still unlikely that others could aspire to victory in the category beyond the four riders mentioned above.
Although not mathematically excluded from the competition, Lukas Tulovic, Matteo Ferrari, Miquel Pons, and Mattia Casadei are too detached from the standings leader, Alessandro Zaccone, to be able to close the gap in just two races.
Now, let's see in detail what the situation at the top of the standings is and what could affect the final result of the MotoE World Cup 2021.

Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP)

Let's start with the Swiss Dominique Aegerter, fourth with eleven points behind Zaccone. The Dynavolt Intact GP rider is not only very fast but also the most experienced. He was one step away from graduating MotoE champion at his debut in the category, and he would have succeeded if he hadn't been crashed by other riders both at Misano and Le Mans. This year he impressed less than in 2020 in which he had achieved two victories, one of which in Misano, and he is paying for the mistake made in Assen when he crashed during the first lap. However, eleven points from the top are very few when there are still fifty available.
In addition to the bad experience of last year's, Aegerter also has great memories related to the Misano circuit, such as the Moto2 race in 2017 and the MotoE victory in one of the three races held here last year. Aegerter was the only rider to win a MotoE race in Misano, while in all the other races on the Romagna track, the home rider Matteo Ferrari won (four wins out of five races). Thus, the feeling between the Swiss rider and the Misano track is great, allowing him to be a sure protagonist of the San Marino GP.

Jordi Torres, winner of the MotoE World Cup 2020

In the general standings, Jordi Torres has three points more than Aegerter and is eight points behind Zaccone. In the three races held last year in Misano, Torres took a fourth, third, second place, and a pole position. Misano is certainly the track where the 2020 champion achieved his best overall results, and it is perhaps the track he would have chosen for the final title battle at the beginning of the season.
Torres has one of its strengths in braking, while Misano is not a track with hard braking; its level is moderate. But, on the other hand, at Misano, Torres is not penalized for his weight as was the case on “stop & go” tracks like Austria or with long straights like Barcelona. Last year's pole position here in Misano is clear evidence of this.

Eric Granado (One Energy Racing)

Just seven points behind Zaccone, and with one point ahead of Torres, we find Eric Granado. The Brazilian rider is in his first year with the One Energy Racing team after two seasons in MotoE with the Esponsorama Racing team. The Granado of 2021 is very different from that of previous seasons in which it was often very fast but just as often made mistakes and ended up on the ground.
This year the Brazilian rider is more experienced, he knows the MotoE tracks, he makes fewer mistakes, but above all, he is very fast. He has taken four of the five pole positions disputed so far and has achieved two victories. His 2021 could have been even better if he hadn't had to start from the pit lane in the Catalan GP due to a technical problem with his bike.

Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE)

At Misano, Granado has not achieved significant results so far; in 2019, an error in qualifying and a crash in the race marked the weekend of the Brazilian rider. In 2020 Granado made another mistake in the EPole and crashed at turn four in the race. In the three races held at Misano in 2020, Granado's best result was seventh place, but he also set the fastest lap with 1'42.910.
If the precedents do not seem encouraging for the One Energy Racing team rider, the performance, consistency and calm shown this year suggest that the San Marino GP will have a new outcome for Granado.

Alessando Zaccone won his first race in MotoE this year in Jerez

The last rider of the four competing for the MotoE title is Alessandro Zaccone. The Italian rider of the Octo Pramac team leads the general standings since the first race of the season in Jerez de la Frontera.
Zaccone has had an exceptional season so far; so much was negative and unfortunate that of last year, so much was this positive. Zaccone made his MotoE debut with the Gresini team in 2020, but even before the start of the championship, he injured his knee in the tests at Jerez. The most immediate consequence was giving up the first GP and racing injured for the first part of the season. However, such a difficult year had let us see something of Zaccone's talent, such as the comeback and fifth place in the Emilia Romagna GP at Misano.
The move of the Italian rider to the OCTO Pramac team coincided with a total change in performance for Zaccone who was one of the fastest riders in the MotoE since the winter tests.
For Zaccone, the San Marino GP is the home race; the Italian rider lives not far from the Misano circuit, which he knows perfectly. This, combined with the performance and determination that Zaccone has shown throughout the year, make him the favourite for the final victory, even if the minimum advantage over his opponents will make the fight uncertain until the end.

Other elements will certainly influence the outcome of the final challenge, particularly the performances of the other home riders: Matteo Ferrari and Mattia Casadei. The Gresini team rider has been almost unbeatable on the Misano circuit in the past, while Casadei has done some of his best MotoE races here. The above, without forgetting the winners of the Barcelona race and the Red Bull Ring: Miquel Pons and Lukas Tulovic.
Finally, the rules will also have a significant weight in influencing the outcome of the San Marino GP. The starting grid for race 1 and race 2 will be defined with a single EPole; a single lap will decide the riders' position on the grid for both races. An error during the EPole will cost valuable positions on the starting grid not only for race 1 but also for race 2.

Mattia Casadei (Sic58 Squadra Corse)

The official start of the San Marino GP will be the riders' press conference on Thursday afternoon. Friday will be the day of the free practice sessions while on Saturday the EPole and Race 1 will be held. Race 2 will be on Sunday afternoon, and it will show the winner of the MotoE World Cup 2021.

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