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20 days ago
By motogp.com

Tuuli tops MotoE™ times on Day 1 in Jerez

Finnish rider quickest from Granado and de Puniet as FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup testing gets underway

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2019 preparations for the inaugural FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup have begun at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto and it was former WorldSSP and Moto2™ rider Niki Tuuli (Ajo Motorsport MotoE) who topped the times on Day 1 of three, setting a quickest time of 1:51.721.

The Finn’s time was enough to beat 2017 European Moto2™ Champion Eric Granado (Esponsorama Racing) by 0.121, with former Grand Prix rider Randy de Puniet (LCR E-Team) completing the top three in the first ever MotoE™ test – a 1:51.906 puts the Frenchman 0.185 off Tuuli’s benchmark.

The top ten all set their fastest laps on the third and final session, as track conditions improved throughout the day after a damp start to proceedings. P4 on the timesheets was Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing), the British rider 0.618 off the top, with Alex De Angelis (Alma Pramac Racing) just 0.064 behind Smith in P5. Sete Gibernau’s (Pons Racing) highly anticipated return to racing ended with the Spaniard setting the ninth fastest time of the day – a 1:52.817 his best lap.

The MotoE™ riders will be back out on track on Saturday for the second day of testing.

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