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The first Official FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup test of the 2021 season has come to an end and it’s the two that have been top of the timesheets throughout that end clear of the chasing pack. Eric Granado’s (One Energy Racing) 1:47.553 was enough to see off Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) by just 0.030s, with 2020 Cup runner-up Matteo Ferrari (Team Gresini MotoE) third fastest, 0.647s adrift.
Thankfully the weather stayed dry at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto to allow the teams and riders to enjoy three full days of valuable dry track time, as riders either got reacquainted or acquainted with the stunning MotoE™ machines. No one could get within relative touching distance of the leading duo, but one rookie was a stand-out performer across the three days: Openbank Aspar Team’s Fermin Aldeguer.
The soon to be 16-year-old was P4 on the combined timesheets, a slender 0.043s shy of 2019 Cup winner Ferrari in his very first test aboard the Energica Ego Corsa. Sensational stuff from the rookie who has turned a few heads, with reigning Cup winner Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) sitting just behind his compatriot in P5.
In total, eight riders were split by a second. Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) and Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) will take plenty of positives away from the maiden test of the season after pocketing P6 and P7 respectively, with eighth place Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) exactly a second off Granado’s pace. The German crashed on Day 3, but he was perfectly ok. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) was the second fastest rookie, the Spaniard also displaying an impressive adaptation to MotoE™ to sit just 0.018s behind Tulovic. Italian Andrea Mantovani (Team Gresini MotoE) – another rookie – rounded out the top 10.
17 of the 18 strong field were able to get three solid days under their belts, the only rider to have been missing was the injured Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse).
The MotoE™ competitors will be back in Jerez for their second pre-season Test on the 12th of April, before the first race of the season takes place at the Spanish Grand Prix at the beginning of May.
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