MotoE closed the show on Saturday in Misano with a title showdown that ended in dramatic fashion. Although title favourite Dominique Aegerter started the race from pole, Mattia Casadei had a great launch to get ahead at turn one, while rival Eric Granado quickly progressed to join the two at the front but immediately lost wingman Miquel Pons to a turn two crash. Quite fittingly, outgoing champion Jordi Torres and former winner Matteo Ferrari were also in the mix and the five riders quickly detached themselves from the chasers by two seconds.
Granado attacked Aegerter at the start of the second lap and then went on to claim the lead of the race one lap later, after a mistake from Casadei. Aegerter quickly reacted to get past the Italian as well and attacked his title rival one lap later. Granado was eager to respond but a mistake at turn 14 saw him slide into the gravel with four laps remaining, leaving Aegerter to seal the deal for the title.
However, the Swiss rider still had Casadei, Torres and Ferrari close behind so he pushed to maintain his slight advantage at the front. Casadei bided his time for an attack until the penultimate lap, when he slipped past Aegerter on the back straight to reclaim the lead, while Ferrari attacked Torres for third.
Although the group was almost inseparable going into the final lap, they ran out of corners to attack and the order was maintained to the flag, Casadei taking the race win on home soil and Aegerter celebrating a well-deserved MotoE title. Ferrari took the remaining spot on the podium, while Torres missed out on the cava by one tenth of a second. Alex Escrig rounded out the top five, taking the chequered flag almost five seconds later.
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