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11 days ago
By motogp.com

Aegerter stars in dramatic Andalucia MotoE™ race

Swiss rider victorious to take the Cup standings lead as two title contenders crash out

Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) picked up his first FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup victory after a dramatic race at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucia. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) completed the podium as reigning Cup holder Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) and Spanish GP winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) crashed at Turn 6 with two laps to go.

It was a frantic start for the MotoE™ riders as the opening lap saw plenty of swapping and changing. Aegerter got the holeshot from pole position but Ferrari dived under the inside at Turn 5. The Italian ran wide though and Aegerter was back in the lead but the scrap for first was hotly contested, with home hero Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) making his way to the front from P6 on the grid.

After running deep Turn 6 – taking Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) wide with him – Granado had work to do if he was to pick up his second victory in seven days. Aegerter had slipped to third behind Ferrari and Medina but the Swiss rider got back up to P2, before Medina crashed out at Turn 1 at the beginning of Lap 4. This saw Granado take P3 before the Brazilian made a slick move underneath Casadei for second, setting the fastest lap along the way to sit a second behind race leader Aegerter with two laps to go.

However, huge drama was about to unfold at Turn 6. Down the back straight, Ferrari was late on the brakes – too late. The inaugural MotoE™ Cup winner couldn’t get his Energica Ego Corsa stopped and Granado was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ferrari slammed into the back of Granado and they both hit the deck, leaving Aegerter with a comfortable cushion over Torres. The Swiss rider made no mistake on his final lap to win his first MotoE™ race by 2.6 seconds, with Torres making it two rookies on the rostrum in Jerez. Casadei managed to recover from running wide after Ferrari and Granado’s crash, the Italian picking up his second electric class podium.

Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) pipped Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) by 0.053 to grab P4 in Jerez, Canepa settling for P5. Tulovic takes home P6 after finishing on the podium last week, with Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE), Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) and Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) completed the top 10. Granado managed to limp home to P13, taking what could end up being a valuable three points.

At the end of a breathless race, Aegerter leads the overall standings by 11 points from Torres, with Granado third – 13 adrift of Aegerter. The MotoE™ riders will be back in business in Misano, as more twists in the 2020 MotoE™ World Cup storyline awaits.

Top 10:
1. Dominque Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP)
2. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) + 2.688
3. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) + 3.759
4. Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 4.484
5. Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) + 4.537
6. Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) + 5.980
7. Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) + 6.133
8. Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 6.513
9. Xavier Simeon (LCR E-Team) + 8.695
10. Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 10.583

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