Garzo fastest at Valencia as MotoE returns to testing

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Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo has finished day one of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup official Valencia test at the top of the timesheets thanks to his 1m41.743s time, with Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) and Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) completing the top three.

Granado, who topped the first day of testing in Jerez, was just 0.060s off the top. A 1m42.136s puts EG 0,0 Marc VDS’ Mike Di Meglio in fourth on the opening day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, but it wasn’t such a successful day for fellow Frenchman Randy de Puniet.

The LCR-E Team rider suffered a highside at turn 11 and will have an x-ray on Monday evening on his foot. Nevertheless, the MotoGP podium finisher intends to be back on the bike for days two and three.

Nico Terol (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) rounded out the top five, ahead of Trentino Gresini MotoE’s Matteo Ferrari, with Maria Herrera (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) slotting into seventh. Alex De Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE), Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Kenny Foray (Tech 3 E-Racing) completed the top 10.

Australian Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) was 17th on the timesheets as he reacquainted himself with the electric-powered machine, while also being his first time out at Valencia. One rider not on track was Bradley Smith, who was on MotoGP test rider duty in Barcelona. Testing resumes on Tuesday, including a race simulation.


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