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Game on: Granado, Torres, Zaccone lock out the top on Friday

Three key challengers start the MotoE™ season finale on top, with rain affecting FP2 ahead of E-Pole on Saturday morning

A mixed day at Misano saw Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) top the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup timesheets after the Brazilian was fastest out the blocks, setting a 1:43.883 to head the pile by the end of play. Fellow contender and reigning Cup winner Jordi Torres (HP Pons 40) was second, around a tenth in arrears, with 2021 points leader Alessandro Zaccone completing the top three. As rain came down ahead of FP2, no one could improve so it's the top three overall in the top three, although shuffled, on the Friday timesheets. 

Two riders broke the 1:43 barrier on Day 1, and the two riders on the chase behind points leader Zaccone: Granado did a 1:43.883 and Torres a 1.43.973. The Spaniard was also first out. Zaccone was third though, the Italian showing more good speed at the final round of the season.

Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) was back on song in fourth, with Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP), fourth in the standings, close behind to complete the top five.

There was one crash on Friday as Andre Pires (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) went down at Turn 14, rider ok.

After the rain came down before the FP2 session, the track was wet and conditions didn't improve enough to allow anyone to improve on the timesheets either. In the tougher conditions, Pons was fastest with a 1:53.003, with Torres 0.386 back and Fermin Aldeguer (Openbank Aspar Team) another half-second in arrears. Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) was fourth, just over a second off Pons' stunner at the top, with Granado completing the top five. Zaccone was 8th in the wet and Aegerter 11th. So if it rains in the races…

MotoE™ head out for E-Pole at the earlier time of 11:45 (GMT +2) at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to decide the final grids of the season. And then, hold onto your hats as Race 1 powers up at 16:20 for the first of two pivotal showdowns on the Riviera di Rimini.

Top 10 combined:

1. Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) – 1:43.883
2. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) - +0.090
3. Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) - +0.304
4. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) - +0.350
5. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) - +0.445
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) - +0.509
7. Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) - +0.666
8. Fermín Aldeguer (Openbank Aspar Team) - +0.864
9. Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) - +1.182
10. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) - +1.274

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