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After claiming victory in Race 1, home rider Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) takes a maximum 50 points away from the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini after gloriously picking up a Race 2 win on Sunday morning. The Italian beat Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo by 2.6 seconds as Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) snatched a podium at the final corner.
After a hugely dramatic opening race of the weekend on Saturday, Sunday morning saw more drama unfold as Cup title contender and Race 1 podium finisher Xavier Simeon (Avinitia Esponsorama Racing) highsided out of contention on the exit of Turn 2. Several riders had to take avoiding action, including One Energy Racing’s Bradley Smith and Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) as polesitter Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) once again got the holeshot.
Ferrari was right in contention as he hooked himself onto the tail of de Angelis, with Maria Herrera (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) making headway on the opening lap to grab P3. Ferrari then took the lead at Turn 2 on Lap 2 as the top six were separated by just 1.3. However, Lap 3 saw de Angelis have a big moment coming up the hill on the exit of Turn 8 – breathing space for Ferrari.
Edging away from the competition, it soon became a battle for second. But, just like he did on Saturday, de Angelis’ home Grand Prix ended with a crash – a fast one at Turn 13, rider ok. With Ferrari up the road, the race was now for the remaining podium spots. Garzo, Casadei, Canepa and Herrera all in that scrap, with Smith, Eric Granado (Avinita Esponsorama Racing) and Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt Intact GP) just off the back in a battle for sixth.
It all came down to the last lap – and the last sector. Track limits were exceeded by Garzo at the fast Turn 11 kink as the riders headed into the stadium complex for the final time, with Canepa trying to make a move stick on Garzo for P2 at Turn 14. The latter held the outside led and, subsequently, had the inside for Turn 15. Then, fourth place Casadei pounced. The Italian ducked underneath Canepa at the final corner and as Ferrari took win number two of the weekend, Garzo and Casadei secured the remaining podium spots, with Canepa left frustrated having missed out by just 0.055. Herrera produced a fine ride to pick up her best rest of the season in fifth.
In that battle for sixth, Granado prevailed. Raffin also got the better of title hopeful Smith as the British rider picked up P8. Nico Terol (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) claimed his second top 10 of the weekend in P9, with former title leader Di Meglio closing out the top 10 having suffered a bike issue in Race 1.
The FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup takes another twist, with Ferrari now taking a healthy 19-point lead in the standings with just two races remaining. Valencia is next up for the MotoE™ riders as we eagerly await a title showdown in November.
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In 4 mins: San Marino GP MotoE™ Race 1 highlights
1. Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE)
2. Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) + 2.687
3. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squdra Corse) + 2.844
4. Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) + 2.899
5. Maria Herrera (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) + 3.022
6. Eric Granado (Avinita Esponsorama Racing) + 5.448
7. Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 5.740
8. Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) + 7.013
9. Nico Terol (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) + 8.072
10. Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 10.405
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