2022 Austria MotoE Race 1 Result: Last Lap Heartache

Although rain kept away from the Red Bull Ring throughout Saturday, a few drops made an appearance on the final lap of the MotoE race, to add to the drama of the seven-lap sprint. Until the rain flags started waving, Mattia Casadei had ridden an almost perfect race, the Italian getting the holeshot at the start to lead from Kevin Zannoni and poleman Eric Granado. Front row starter Matteo Ferrari abandoned the fight straight away, with a crash at turn one, starting a tense first lap with crashes and moments throughout the field.

Back at the front, Casadei was keen to make an escape and had stretched a gap of one full second by the end of the opening lap, when Granado got past Zannoni to try to chase the runaway leader. The Brazilian quickly dropped the Italian into the clutches of Dominique Aegerter, but the world cup leader was slow to find a way past and lost even more ground on the race leaders. The Swiss rider eventually attacked Zannoni at the start of lap four but had two seconds to recover on Casadei and Granado by then.

Granado had quickly bridged the gap at the front and immediately tried to attack Casadei throughout lap five but the Italian held onto the top spot. Another attempt at turn one caused a moment on the brakes for the Brazilian, leaving him with half a second to find if he wanted another go at victory. The shenanigans allowed Aegerter to recover some of the gap to the leaders, but a moment on the kerbs halted his progress and he was left to cruise to the finish line.

The final lap started with Casadei eight tenths of a second ahead of Granado but despite the reduced pressure from the poleman’s side, the Italian was presumably spooked by rain flags in the final sector and managed to throw all the good work away at turn nine. Granado rode past to take victory, with Aegerter inheriting second place ahead of Miquel Pons, while Hikari Okubo and Hector Garzo completed the top five.

Granado’s return to the top step of the podium reduces Aegerter’s advantage in the world cup standings to 26.5 points, while Ferrari’s early drama drops him 63.5 points behind and Casadei’s last lap heartache leaves him with an 80-point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 51 Eric Granado Energica 11:55.3130
2 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica 1.271
3 71 Miquel Pons Energica 1.797
4 78 Hikari Okubo Energica 3.369
5 4 Hector Garzo Energica 3.589
6 17 Alex Escrig Energica 3.619
7 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica 3.904
8 40 Jordi Torres Energica 4.634
9 12 Xavi Fores Energica 11.745
10 34 Kevin Manfredi Energica 11.911
11 6 Maria Herrera Energica 14.111
12 70 Marc Alcoba Energica 14.245
13 18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 16.888
14 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica 38.622
Not Classified
  27 Mattia Casadei Energica 10:12.9050
  7 Niccolo Canepa Energica 05:49.0950
  38 Bradley Smith Energica  
Round Number: 
9
2022
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