MotoE: Matteo Ferrari Wins Hectic MotoE World Cup Race in Misano
Matteo Ferrari has taken the win in the MotoE World Cup in an electrifying race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The seven-lap battle got underway with Mattia Casadei launching into the lead as the pack battled their way through the technical opening sector. Further down the pack, Josh Hook ran into issues. The Le Mans 24 Heures race winner ran off the track at the end of the back straight, demoting the Australian rider to last.
The opening lap drama didn’t end there, Lukas Tulovic was the first of a handful of riders to run wide on the entry to the Carro hairpin, unfortunately for Tulovic, he slipped outside the top ten.
Meanwhile, Eric Granado, who had started last due to exceeding track limits in EPole on Saturday Afternoon, had thought his way through to 12th and set after the top ten battle.
As we approached half race distance, the leading battle had now closed up with five riders all within a chance of victory. Matteo Ferrari cleared Xavier Simeon for second while Dominique Aegerter and Jordi Torres were side-by-side as they battled for fourth.
While the battle raged on, Mike Di Meglio, another Le Mans Endurance victor, had closed onto the leading five and immediately passed Aegerter. The Swiss rider recovered though by the end of the fifth lap.
Ferrari had a perfect run out of turn ten and made a brave pass on Casadei into Curvone and immediately opened a gap over the chasing pack. Simeon wasted no time in setting after the 2019 MotoE World Cup winner, the Belgian slipped passed Casadei into turn one as the penultimate lap got underway.
As Ferrari just maintained his half a second lead, the battle raged on for the final podium positions. Aegerter had recovered to fourth and dived passed Casadei into turn 14 which allowed Torres to take fourth from the Italian into the penultimate corner.
The pack exited Misano corner and powered to the line, with Matteo Ferrari taking the victory, his first of the season and his third at Misano, maintaining his 100% record on the Adriatic coast. Xavier Simeon took his LCR Energica machine to second with championship leader Dominique Aegerter coming home in third.
Jordi Torres was fourth with Mattia Casadei in fifth ahead of Mike Di Meglio, Alessandro Zaccone finished seventh with Alex De Angelis recovering to eighth with Tommaso Marcon and Eric Granado rounding out the top ten.
Niccoló Canepa finished 11th as he continues to re-adapt himself to the MotoE category after finishing fourth in the Le Mans 24 Heures event. The Italian finished ahead of Lukas Tulovic and Alejandro Medina with the final two points being awarded to Xavi Cardelus and Maria Herrera.
MotoE will do it all over again in seven days time for their second weekend in Misano, however, unlike this weekend it will be a double-header with race one kicking off at 15:15 on Saturday after Moto2 qualifying.
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