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Tuuli fastest in FP1 ahead of vital MotoE™ double header

The Finn lost his Championship lead in Austria last time out but looks like fighting back with fifty points up for grabs at Misano

Ajo MotoE’s Niki Tuuli started a hectic weekend of electric action at the Grand Prix Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini in the best way possible by topping the opening MotoE™ session by just under a tenth of a second.

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The Finn ended 0.098 of second clear of Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE), with Brazilian Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) a further tenth adrift of the Italian in third. In a typically tight FP1 session, Tech 3 E-Racing finished fourth on the timesheets, but still within a quarter of a second of Tuuli, before Avintia Esponsorama Racing’s Xavier Simeon completed the top five.

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The second Free Practice session for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup gets underway at the earlier time of 12:35 before the grid is set ahead of the races on Saturday and Sunday in E-Pole, at 16:05 (GMT+2) this afternoon.

FP1 top ten:
1. Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) – 1:45.071
2. Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) + 0.098
3. Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 0.092
4. Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) + 0.235
5. Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 0.282
6. Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.288
7. Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 0.369
8. Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) + 0.454
9. Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) + 0.488
10. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 0.515

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