The Brazilian and Swiss riders were over half a second ahead of the pack as the MotoE Test comes to a close at Jerez circut With Energica Motrocycles
The opening test for the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup has come to its close at Jerez, ‘Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto’, in Andalucía, Spain. The tight battle at the top of the time sheets, after three busy days of riding, Eric Granado was the fastest rider of the MotoE heat after a 1’47.553secs lap-time in the morning the session of the last day – on his Energica Ego Corsa #77.
The 24-year-old from Brazil, in his first outing with the One Energy Racing Team, was able to pip Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) by only 0.03 seconds, with both riders already looking great for the coming season, and with 2020 Cup runner-up Matteo Ferrari (Team Gresini MotoE) third fastest, 0.647s adrift. The defending champion, Cup winner Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) sitting just behind his compatriot in P5.
The MotoE World Cup is actually an event that is completely being ridden on Energica Motors Ego Corsa track variants. These track models produce an extended 120kw from the motor (110kw standard models) and that’s with 200Nm of torque.
The top speed is 168mph, which on standard previous models was 155mph. Another factor that was enhanced is the 0-60 which 2.8 seconds. This comes to show the great progress being done with electric motorcycle year on year. Energica continues to expend partnerships across the USA and Europe, and push new fronts to improve their technology and further expend it to other spaces.
Strong winds and changeable skies – but luckily no rain – did not prevent riders from getting up to speed after the long winter, or in some cases, from getting to grips with Energica’s stunning race machine. Speaking of newcomers, one surely made an impression: 15-year-old rookie Fermin Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team) was storming the undulating Jerez track already on day one while getting in the mix with much more experienced riders, both at world championship level and in MotoE. The young Spanish rider ended up fourth-fastest, behind 2019 title winner Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) and ahead of the reigning World Cup champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40).
New signing for the OCTO Pramac MotoE team Alessandro Zaccone was sixth ahead of two more returning riders, Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-racing), with rookies Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) and Andrea Mantovani (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) completing the top-ten.
Energica and the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will return to Jerez next month for three more days of testing (12-14 April), with the season opener scheduled at the same track on May 2nd.