Granado Beats Torres for an E-Pole hat-trick MotoE win. The race is back on track in Barcelona.
Granado, the Le Mans race winner, made no mistake on Saturday afternoon as Aldeguer, who set the page through the Free Practice had to settle for 7th position.
This Saturday afternoon, the Brazilian, Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) made his third E-Pole win after producing an exceptional run time of 1:50.446, only to beat the reigning World Cup winner Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) by just a tenth of a second. As the MotoE World Cup returns to the track in Barcelona, Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completes the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup in front row at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.
Ridden solely on Energica Ego Corsa models, the single manufacturer of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, Energica Motors, enables this motorsport with their high performance track variants of the Ego Corsa model. These track models produce an extended 120kw from the motor (with 110kw on standard models) and a whopping 200Nm of torque. This
The fight for E-Pole
Matteo Ferrari, the 2019 World Cup winner, (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) set a 1:51.187 time, only to be beaten by Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) the Italian. Zaccone was the first rider pushing the time down into the 1:50s in E-Pole – with 1:50.813. At this point there were still nine riders waiting their turn in the one-lap dash for pole position in Barcelona.
Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) made it into P2, with just 0.264s off Zaccone’s time, but that came just before Aegerter set his best lap and made pole position by 0.094s. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) was the next rider to hit the track chasing the record lap time and the Spaniard came as close to beating Aegerter as can be, with the rookie coming in with just 0.007s to second.
Torres immediately took on the challenge, setting a 1:50.517 to go P1 by over two tenths. Then came Tulovic’s turn to run the lap in Sector 1, as the German was 0.408s under Torres’ time. Tulovic did however fail to hold this lead all the way to the finish line and was slotted in P4, with Granado and Fermin Aldeguer (Openbank Aspar Team) to make their runs after that.
Granado’s first split was an exquisite run – 0.337s under Torres’ pace, and holding strong on the lead through Sector 2. That lead was maintained all the way through the third split, giving the Le Mans winner a provisional pole by 0.071s. Next up to the asphalt was the pacesetter during Free Practice, Aldeguer.
Aldeguer took the checkered flag in P7, as the first half of his lap didn’t run as perfect as previous ones the rookie had, but the 16-year-old come in +0.404s on Granado’s time.
Top 10 standings:
1. Eric Granado (One Energy Racing) – 1:50.446
2. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) + 0.071
3. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.273
4. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) + 0.280
5. Lukas Tulovic (Tech3 E-Racing) + 0.326
6. Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 0.367
7. Fermin Aldeguer (Openbank Aspar Team) + 0.545
8. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) + 0.631
9. Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) + 0.741
10. Xavi Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) + 0.952
MotoE – pushing forward for sustainability
This third round of MotoE 2021 FIM Enel World Cup coincides with World Environment Day in 2021. The Cup will showcase green energy solutions and sustainable materials. Among these are the “JuiceRoll Race Edition from Enel X”, a portable charging infrastructure that has been specifically designed and developed for MotoE.
Thanks to its embedded storage system, it requires limited power from the grid and can fast charge all the Energica Ego Corsa MotoE™ machines when needed. The system has also been connected to the electrical grid of the race tracks at every venue; removing the need for generators.
Additional energy can also be harnessed through sixty 3Sun bifacial solar panels (of 120m² in area), which are mounted in the charging area. These solar panels can produce enough energy to power as many as six Energica Ego Corsa bikes through the entire weekend and even in bad weather, a minimum of three bikes.
The second green initiative, are bio-sourced and recycled material usage by Michelin tyres, enabling the composition of the front tires to be 33% sustainable resourced, and the rear tires as much as 40%. This comes without compromising on any aspect of performance and traction.
Thanks to official MotoE™ tyre supplier Michelin®, tyres are another facet of MotoE™ focused on increased and ever-increasing sustainability, including recycled and bio-sourced materials. The front tyres are composed of 33% sustainable resources and the rear tyres 40%, including materials such as lemon and orange peel, pine resin, sunflower oil, worn car and truck tyres, and scrap steel. With incredible feedback from the riders, the tyres have proven a perfect intersection between sustainability and performance.
Source: MotoE (MotoGP)