Alessandro Zaccone with a dramatic debut victory at the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.
The pre-race favourite Eric Granado dramatically crashed out the lead allowing Zaccone to make a come back and take a debut win
The opening race of 2021 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at ‘Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto’ was yet another exciting and action packed display for the fans. After the pre-race favourite Eric Granado (One Energy Racing), crashed at half-race distance out at Turn 6, Alessandro Zaccone grabbed his dramatic first victory. The rider proudly took to the podium for the first time after showing a great mix of speed and focus all the way through the race. After his first rookie MotoE season last year, the OCTO Pramac MotoE team, selected him to race, and he indeed brought the first win for both the rider and team.
2020 title contender Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) made a well deserved second place, ahead of the standing World Cup Champion, Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40), with a very tight race and constant push at the lead in the second half of the race. The Spaniard, on the other hand, was the most consistent in all the MotoE field, a consistency that last year, got him to a successful quest for the title.
There was plenty of drama to consider if we wish to get a good idea of how this race unfolded. Eric Granado’s (One Energy Racing) crash out of the lead was quite the game changer, opening the race and allowing Zaccone to win.
While Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing) and Fermin Aldeguer (OpenBank Aspar Team) had a coming together triggered by the German rider making an risky and ambitious overtaking maneuver. Granado, unlike the other two, was able to get back on his bike, and making it to the finish line in 13th place. two others who did not make it to the finish line were Xavier Cardelus (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Corentin Perolari (Tech 3 E-Racing).
Fourth place went to Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) ahead of the rookie Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team), while 2019 title winner Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) and another debutant, Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo Motorsport).
1. Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE)
2. Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) + 0.419
3. Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) + 0.614
4. Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) + 4.273
5. Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) + 6.105
6. Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) + 6.704
7. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) + 8.574
8. Andrea Mantovani (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) + 10.734
9. Maria Herrera (Openbank Aspar Team) + 11.322
10. Yonny Hernandez (Octo Pramac MotoE) + 11.438