By Michael Blaustein
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The picturesque hills of Tuscany created the perfect background for the third round of the MotoE World Cup. MotoE found itself in the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, a naturally undulating valley surrounded by trees and unchanged since 1976. But for Energica Corsa electric bikes, this was their first entry into the competition here, and it gave an approximate price to all drivers. even the most experienced riders have never ridden this bike on this track, so level steps.
On Friday, to rank, we witnessed a hot sunny day when the track temperature reached 110 degrees. The big story was that two-time World Cup winner Jordie Torres did not go to the race due to injury, which left him out of the second race at LeMans. In the first minutes, Mattia Casadei, Eric Granado was watching him closely. Finally, Domi won the expected pole position with a result of 1: 59.206, followed by hometown hopeful Kevin Zannoni by about two-tenths and another Italian finishing first in Mattia Casadei. Eric Granado was in fourth place at the start of the second, followed by former MotoE World Cup champion Matteo Ferrari, Kevin Manfredi’s flying mustache and many Italians, including Niccolo Kanepa in seventh place. Only Miqueli Pons from Spain took the 8th place, followed by another Italian Andrea Mantovani. It is important to note that all of the first 10 athletes took less than a second, which is proof of how intense the MotoE race really is.
This fast and flowing track, which is the longest straight in the calendar, demonstrates the definition of hairpin turns. A look at the track will show where this image came from. The Mugello circuit, which is among the longest distances, offers many opportunities for those who understand aerodynamics and want to follow in the footsteps of others to use the lines to make a dramatic pass at the San Donato entrance of the №1 turn. So the key to watch is that the group is a peloton if you want, if they turn left with a quick broom 15, when they get out of the Bacine curve, if the driver can get out well and get gas early when they line up in the right back. The rider in front will be able to use the hole they open in the air to win almost anywhere in 2 tenths of a second for almost half a second. After the driver takes that extra km / h, they can jump around like a slingshot, hoping they can break the slower driver when you reach a tighter San Donato curve.
The first race, held on Saturday, played the weather factor because it was declared a wet race. This means that drivers can use rain tires instead of slicks, which is a problem because rain tires overheat and disintegrate in dry weather, and although the wet race was announced, it was really a bit confusing. The track itself was dry, the surrounding sky was very dangerous, but no rain fell from the sky in question. This is quite a challenge for riders: go with rain tires and hope that it will rain or dry spots, and hope that the rain will stop long enough for the cut sprint race to end. Most drivers preferred dry tires and crossed their fingers.
The assistants and teammates continued to dry, even though they were holding umbrellas and removing the fog from their shields. The race started clean and Matteo Ferrari moved up from 5th to second place, while Kevin Zannoni received a poleshot from third-placed Aegeter. The first part of the drama took place after the riders gathered for the short-distance Borgo San Lorenzo Maserati bend for left and right turns, and Eric Granado rushed after and in front of Niccolo Canepa in a hurry. the wing exploded from the front end of his car. No one was harmed if they fell to the ground, but these Energica motorcycles are well-tuned in terms of aerodynamics as well as performance, and when a part of the body is lost, it can be very difficult for the driver to control.
At that moment, Aegeter was able to take advantage of an attempt to pass to his compatriot Ferrari Zannoni, and he pushed each other to Casanova, and Domi took the lead. From the last turn, getting the driver out of the Bucine is important for everyone, and approaching the start / finish line was where Domi was swallowed by the riders behind him and fell to fourth place. However, the riders, who took advantage of the draft effect so much, could not remove the anchors quickly enough, and they were all a little too hot when they arrived in San Donato, so the Aegeter experiment began, and he was able to keep the anchor. cross the tighter line and restore the first position. But Granado was there, too, as Luco passed Aegeteri inside Ferrari and Poggio Secco 3 on the edge of the 2nd corner with a brilliant display of courage and high confidence. Unfortunately, this exchange resulted in Kevin Zannoni returning to 8th place behind Casadei and Mantavanini, as they really only finished the second round.
One person we haven’t heard much from now – Marc Alcoba, 70 Openbank Aspar Team – rose from 10th place on the grid to take fourth place from Mantovani. With the high-speed double rights of Arabiata 1 and 2, Aegeter was able to maintain a nice tight line (Granado preferred a wider subsequent peak) and Aegeter gained a small advantage, returning to Granado in Scarperia 10 without a loss. impulse. Aegeter regained the lead, but advancing to the start / finish line was not optimal, as tight racers missed the fast left corner and Domi finished fourth again, while Matteo Ferrari stood out with stubbornness and determination. of the queue. Meanwhile, Aegeter was in some contact that damaged the front brake lever, and he had to quickly adjust it and adapt to the new lever position.
As they prepared to complete the previous lap, Ferrari, Mark Alcoba, Aegeter and Mantovani, who were ahead of Granado, were first in the group. However, Mantovani, a substitute who replaced the injured Bradley Smith, competed with a straight start / finish as the pigeons under Aegeter in Bucine. Whether Aegeter changed the brakes or was the last of the late fighters, Domi found a way to stay ahead and took the lead in the final lap inside the 1st lap. Dominic Egeter, who scored 11 of 77 out of 54, knew he needed to leave enough space to keep the pursuit package far behind so they couldn’t take advantage of the landslide. The first winner of the World Cup series, Matteo Ferrari’s bicycle number 11 was second. However, Granado’s 51st car was lined up by Mantovani to become the second Italian on the podium.
The next day, Sunday was a completely different scene, a beautiful day as you wish. There was some tension in preparation for the start of the race, as the spread of title points was only 35 points, covering the top 5 contenders for the trophy, but with the advantage and experience of Dominic Egeter, he could have avoided it today. Anything can happen and it usually happens.
The lights went out, and they made their way to their first crossing in San Donato. Local favorite Kevin Zannoni led the first round by cutting Domin’s nose. With the exception of Mattia Casadei, everyone found their line a little inside, grabbed some grass and dirt and sent it to the ground, and almost took Mantovani with him. This could make sense for the World Cup, as he was third in the table at the start of the tournament, just 29 points behind Aegeter.
As the first round drew to a close, we saw another collapse, and Zannoni had a clear advantage that he was not the victim of a chase package in his slipstream. However, Aegeter fell 5 places to 7th place – another Kevin, Kevin Manfredi 34 OCTO Pramac MotoE rose to 4th place. Eric Granado, another contender for the championship, did a lot of work in 6th place, Zannoni from Ferrari and Miquel Pons in third place.
Below the order, yesterday’s winner and his nearest point rival swapped 6th and 7th places and opened the door to some drivers in the lower part of the field to catch the all-important leader group. Meanwhile, Nikolo Kanepa, who lost yesterday’s race, returned to the fastest lap today and placed himself in 5th place.
Rounding Bucine once again to mark the midpoint of the race, the first 7 athletes began to gather, and then took to the air in an attempt to break the speed of the competitors behind them. But try as hard as you can, Ferrari and Zannoni changed places, Miquel Pons moved fast inside and overtook 4th Mark Alcoba, and Nicolo Canepa took 5th place.
The two-point leader was playing against each other, and Pons defeated Zannoni to finish second in the second round. Everything seemed to be resolved in an instant until Marc Alcoba No. 70 moved aggressively into Kevin Zannoni’s No. 21 SIC58. He was forced to open the door for players like Granado and Aegeter. At the end of the fast plain, Zannoni, who looked very good all weekend, remained in 8th place along with Canepa and Mantovani. Get ready for the final round of fireworks as veteran campaigners fight hungry young riders. The Aegeter made a bold move toward the Alcoba in the Bucine, and the Ferrari narrowed the gap in the front a bit. Granado was pushed back and Aegeter was free to fight for his position. It’s Alcoba and Aegeter, or Aegeter and Alcoba – they end at the same time, and replay shows them in dead heat. AMAZING! WOW.
Aegeter was awarded second place for determining the fastest lap of the race in the last lap. Thus, they finished 1st with Matteo Ferrari, 2nd with Dominique Aegeter and a strong 3rd with Mark Alcoba.
Well, racing fans, you can take a minute to catch your breath, as MotoE will take a break for a few weeks before reuniting on June 26 at the Speed Cathedral in Assen, the Netherlands. In the meantime, we present your situation after 6 races.
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