2022 Assen MotoE Race 1 Result: Down To The Last Corner

The MotoE cup provided the first racing entertainment of the weekend at Assen, and it delivered a solid doze of adrenaline over eight hard-fought laps. Poleman Dominique Aegerter didn’t have it all his own way as Matteo Ferrari robbed him off the line, while Mattia Casadei ran wide at the first corner and dropped to fifth, behind the LCR duo of Eric Granado and Miquel Pons. By the end of the opening lap, Ferrari, Aegerter and Granado looked like they were extending a gap at the front but the chasing group were not keen to let them go and Casadei made a quick comeback into contention.

Granado was the standout performer by lap four, finding a way past both Aegerter and Ferrari at turn 15 in consecutive laps, leaving the two to keep each other busy. Aegerter attacked Ferrari at the final chicane and the Italian attempted to retaliate at the first corner but instead ran wide and dropped to fifth place for the final trio of laps, promoting Casadei and Marc Alcoba into the podium battle.

The penultimate lap brought Aegerter back to the front of the field for the first time since they lined up on the grid, but going three-wide into turn seven saw Casadei come out on top. A near tangle between Aegerter and Granado made the Brazilian lose touch with the leaders ahead of the final lap, leaving Casadei and Aegerter to battle it out for the win. The Swiss rider attacked at turn five but a mistake on the exit dropped him back behind the Italian, however, the moment did not seem to unsettle him in the slightest, Aegerter back on Casadei’s tail to make one last attack at the final chicane.

Aegerter took the chequered flag eight hundredths of a second ahead of Casadei and the Italian’s frustration out the final corner allowed Granado back into contention to steal second away by nine thousandths of a second. With Alcoba taking a fast tumble at turn 15 on the final lap, Ferrari took fourth unchallenged, ahead of Hector Garzo and Pons, while Bradley Smith and Jordi Torres both made the top 10 on their return from injury.

Aegerter’s victory adds some more points to his advantage in the world cup standings, now 34 points ahead of Granado and 42 over Ferrari, with Casadei 58 points back.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 13:55.7040
2 51 Eric Granado Energica 0.072
3 27 Mattia Casadei Energica 0.081
4 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 0.507
5 4 Hector Garzo Energica 0.960
6 77 Miquel Pons Energica 1.224
7 7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 2.810
8 38 Bradley Smith Energica 5.310
9 40 Jordi Torres Energica 5.347
10 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 9.564
11 34 Kevin Manfredi Energica 9.742
12 12 Xavi Fores Energica 11.392
13 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 12.834
14 17 Alex Escrig Energica 12.917
15 6 Maria Herrera Energica 13.371
16 72 Alessio Finello Energica 17.992
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  70 Marc Alcoba Energica 12:12.4210
Round Number: 
7
2022
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Comments

Wow, that was really a fantastic little race. I haven't been keeping up with the MotoE this season but after watching that I'm hungry again. Will be very interesting to see how it all develops under Ducati's watch.