Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama) took victory in the first ever FIM Enel MotoE World Cup ‘race’ in Valencia, with riders lining up for a race simulation at the start of final day of the pre-season test.
The Brazilian missed out on pole by just 0.025s to Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) on Tuesday, but he fought back once the lights went out to overtake the Spaniard on the final lap. Garzo took second, with Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE) – another who has shown consistent pace in practice so far – completing the podium a few tenths further back.
Nico Terol (Openbank Angel Nieto Team) took fourth, with Matteo Ferrari (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) completing the top five. One man expected to be in that tight fight at the front wasn’t on track, however – Tuesday’s fastest Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) was absent as he undertook testing duties in MotoGP. Australian Josh Hook (Pramac Racing) was p16 despite battling food poisoning.
The riders then got a chance to have a final 30-minute session from 17:00, although it ended prematurely in a red flag due to crashes for Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Maria Herrera (Openbank Angel Nieto Team), riders both ok.
The session was their last chance to test before heading out on track at the Sachsenring for the first round of the season and it was Tuuli who went fastest with the quickest time of the test, a 1m40.127s and 0.486s quicker than second place Casadei.
Garzo was third on the timesheets at the end of day three, and race simulation winner Granado was 0.533s off Tuuli’s benchmark in fourth. 2008 125 World Champion Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) completed the top five.
That’s it from Valencia and winner Granado heads home with an Energica Eva as his prize. Now the E-Paddock gears up for the Sachsenring, which plays host to the opening round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup 5-7 July.