The weekend in Misano ended with a dramatic title decider for the MotoE cup and the battle was down one contender before even lining up on the grid, Alessandro Zaccone ruled out of the race after his scary crash in Saturday’s race.
When the lights went out, Mattia Casadei looked like having a say in proceedings after taking the lead from poleman Jordi Torres, while Dominique Aegerter took third from Matteo Ferrari by the end of lap 1. However, Torres reclaimed the lead at the start of lap 2 from Casadei, while Aegerter was more focused on Ferrari’s advances from behind rather than challenging the leaders early on. The exchanges allowed Torres and Casadei to open a seven tenths gap on Aegerter, Ferrari and Eric Granado by lap 3, but with a sizeable group still in tow.
Torres seemed to have the upper hand as he ditched Casadei by one second during lap 3 and Aegerter was keen to get past the Italian by the end of that lap and reel in the leader. While Casadei kept in touch of the Swiss rider, Granado was leading a feisty chasing group one second down the road.
Aegerter posted a new best race lap in his pursuit of Torres and although he managed to distance Casadei, the gap to Torres was slow to come down, 7 tenths at the halfway point of the race. Persistence paid off though and the main title contenders entered the final 2 laps separated by less than 2 tenths of a second. Overtakes came thick and fast on the penultimate lap but Torres managed to reclaim top spot every time Aegerter had a go. Aegerter served more of the same on the final lap and a close and not very controlled move at turn 14 nudged Torres into a dramatic crash.
Aegerter took the chequered flag as race winner and MotoE champion but the incident was quickly under investigation, putting the race results into question. While deliberations were ongoing, Aegerter was doing burnouts in parc fermé but he was soon served with a ride through penalty for irresponsible riding which cost him 38 seconds and a drop to 12th on the timesheets, only one place ahead of Torres, who had managed to rejoin the race. The penalty made home favourite Ferrari the winner of the race, for the first time this season, having overtaken Casadei three laps before the end and with Miquel Pons surprised to find himself on the podium. Teammate Kevin Zannoni and Granado completed the top 5, the Brazilian losing ground as the race progressed.
Torres’ tears soon turned into joy as he was declared MotoE world cup champion once again, by 7 points, Aegerter begrudgingly settling for runner up status, with Ferrari joining the top 3 in the cup standings.
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