2022 Mugello MotoE Race 1 Result: A Sprint In Changing Conditions

Between the changing weather and the surprise Repsol Honda press conference, a slight delay to proceedings led to a shortened five-lap sprint in the MotoE class. Light drizzle on the grid meant that the race was declared wet, but rain stayed away and allowed riders to put on a show on slicks around Mugello. Kevin Zannoni made a solid start to rob poleman Dominique Aegerter into turn one and the Swiss rider was immediately under threat from Matteo Ferrari and Niccolo Canepa. Despite dropping to fourth after the first few turns, Aegerter was quick to retaliate and attacked the trio ahead at Scarperia, to end the opening lap back into the lead. After losing a mudguard in the early shenanigans, Eric Granado was also on a charge and was challenging the poleman for the lead on lap two, with Ferrari in tow, while Zannoni dropped out of contention, at the bottom of the top 10, and struggled to return to the front.

Aegerter resumed control of the sizeable leading group one lap later, at his favourite turn 10, but then Ferrari threw his hat into the ring at turn one to lead next time around from Granado, while Marc Alcoba and Andrea Mantovani suddenly snuck ahead of Aegerter. Not concerned in the slightest, Aegerter started the final lap by braking as late as humanly possible into turn one, allowing him to reclaim the lead from Ferrari and Granado, with Mantovani waiting to pounce as well.

Aegerter tried to stretch a safe distance at the front, setting red hot sector times and did just enough to avoid any attacks to the chequered flag. With Aegerter securing his second victory of the season, Ferrari was denied a win on home soil but he still climbed on the podium together with compatriot Andrea Mantovani, who secured his first MotoE podium in a photo finish with Granado. The Brazilian missed out on the podium by only seven thousandths of a second, with Casadei rounding out the top five.

Aegerter’s victory hands him a 20-point advantage in the championship standings over Granado, Casadei 31 points back and with Ferrari on a 35-point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica      
2 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica   0.033  
3 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica   0.238  
4 51 Eric Granado Energica   0.245  
5 27 Mattia Casadei Energica   0.975  
6 70 Marc Alcoba Energica   0.983  
7 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica   1.063  
8 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta   1.656  
9 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica   1.742  
10 4 Hector Garzo Energica   2.338  
11 34 Kevin Manfredi Energica   2.616  
12 78 Hikari Okubo Energica   6.337  
13 12 Xavi Fores Energica   6.644  
14 72 Alessio Finello Energica   7.005  
15 17 Alex Escrig Energica   9.847  
16   Massimo Roccoli     13.374  
17 6 Maria Herrera Energica   13.795  
Round Number: 
5
2022
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