Press releases after the inaugural MotoE test at Jerez:
Bradley Smith dominates opening test for MotoE World Cup
ONE Energy Racing rider finishes three-day test in Jerez top of the timesheets, making great progress with the new generation of electric bikes.
DRY-WET | AIR 18ºC | GROUND 21ºC | HUMIDITY 81%
The ONE Energy Racing team and Bradley Smith made a brilliant start to their new adventure in the MotoE World Cup. In three days of testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto, the British rider was a constant presence at the top of the timesheets, eventually going fastest in the electric class' first ever test.
The rainy conditions meant that several sessions were held in the wet. Smith finished yesterday as the fastest rider with a 1:50.265 lap, a time that kept him quickest overall today. On Sunday he had three more sessions, held on a track that dried up during the day. He finished second with a 1:52.272 from 29 laps.
After this exciting debut in the world of electric bikes, ONE Energy Racing and Bradley Smith will return to action in 2019, with another test on March 12-14 in Jerez.
Johan Stigefelt - Team Director
“It has been three very interesting days with the MotoE bike. It's a completely different world from the one we're used to, but Bradley's comments are very positive and he's very surprised at how well the bike is handling; It is very nice to see him with a big smile on his face. The bike has a lot of room for us to continue working on it and make it even better. What we have done is try to make it easy for him to ride the bike and see how far it takes us. It's good for us to have topped these tests and I think we have a great MotoE season ahead with Bradley. It will be a tough and close class, where small details will make a difference, but we can't wait to start!”
#38 Bradley Smith
“I'm very happy with the work we've done today. We set a fast lap in the morning session, and I've felt better and better with the bike. In the afternoon we had mixed conditions on track, and it was good to have references for mapping and try out different setups to see what else we can work on for next March. In the last session there were a lot of puddles; we went out with slicks and were very competitive again. I'm very satisfied with this first test, as we have always been among the fastest riders and we have more and more knowledge about the bike. We know which direction to take and what to do to improve. I really enjoyed myself with my new team, and I'm looking forward to coming back to Jerez in March!”
Foray completes electrifying first test in Jerez
Tech3 E-Racing together with Kenny Foray experienced a first ever MotoE outing at the Circuito de Jerez, which came to an end today after 69 laps and many lessons learned in the course of this weekend. Thereby, the French rider went out on a completely wet track for the first time today and developed an initial feeling with the Michelin rain tyres aboard his brand-new Energica bike. He concluded the day after 20 timed laps in seventh and the test overall with a fastest time of 1’51.883 in P7.
Position: 7th – Time: 1’54.163 – Laps: 30
“One more time today we had a lot of rain, so the first session was a bit difficult, because Id didn’t know the Michelin on the wet, but the grip was fantastic. For the second session, it was even better because it’s easy to push on the wet with a tyre like this and also the track offered a lot of grip. The last session was difficult, as there were many patches on track, plus we decided to try many things with the bike. I think we found a good solution, but now we have to wait until March for the next test to confirm it.”
“It was a very exciting three days’ test for Tech3 E-Racing. We were feeling like the pioneers of a new era. This bike is so different to everything we’ve been used to and honestly, we didn’t know what to expect as a team, our riders and the whole grid. After a few laps, everybody had a big smile on their face, no matter the conditions; every rider was very pleasantly surprised about how the bike behaved. This is a proper racing bike and I think Energica, Enel, Dorna – the MotoE team lead by Nicolas Goubert – did a great, great job and I would like to thank all of them. We enjoyed a trouble free three days of test, the riders were having fun on their bikes and it’s fun to watch. The corner speed, they can carry is unbelievable. The riders were happy about how the bike behaved, because even though it’s heavy, it didn’t feel heavy, the grip was amazing and the corner speed is closer to a Moto3 than a MotoGP bike. It’s a new way of riding, but young riders like Eric Granado, experienced riders like Sete Gibernau, Endurance riders, Moto2 and MotoGP riders, everybody who was there had great fun. I believe this is going to be much more exciting and interesting than what most of the people think. We are glad and proud to be part of it. This is the very beginning, but the level is already quite high and good enough to deliver exciting racing. I wish good luck to Energica and everybody involved in that project and I’m quite sure that the next test here in Jerez the bike will be eve more competitive and the riders will be quicker. We just can’t wait to be back on track with the MotoE!”
THE TRENTINO GRESINI MOTOE TEAM FINALLY IN ACTION
The first test and first good results for Matteo Ferrari and Lorenzo Savadori, both busy this weekend in a three-day test at Jerez de la Frontera.
The riders of the Trentino Gresini MotoE Team had a few sessions available with a dry track (practically only on Saturday morning), but it was still an important test in which it was essential to get kilometers under the belt on a bike that is decidedly different from those which they were accustomed to.
Matteo Ferrari finished with the 5th best time of the test (1'51.648s), while Lorenzo Savadori, who practically did not ride on a dry track, took the opportunity to work with the Michelin in the wet, still finding a good 1'52.689 on day1 (half dry).
The next test will again be at Jerez de la Frontera after the winter break (12-14 March).
"I didn´t spend much time on the track, practically only the Saturday morning session on the real dry track that counts. I immediately had a good feeling with the bike and considering that the others had spent more time on Friday, my fifth session time gives me hope. The bike takes a lot of adapting to, you have to slide a lot and avoid important braking, as the bike is very heavy. I have to say that I like the tires and the bike, both on dry and wet condition".
"I have to admit that I haven´t had the chance to spend much time on the bike. However, the test I can say was definitely positive, it was important for me to understand what kind of motion the bike has, and how it should be guided. In the end I managed to spend more time today in the rain yesterday and Friday, and it was the first time I had tried the Michelin tires in these conditions. Surely, it is an important and stimulating adventure and I cannot wait to get back on the bike again".
LCR E-TEAM COMPLETE FIRST TEST SESSION IN JEREZ
PRESS RELEASE: 25 November 2018 | Jerez de la Frontera Test Session
After many years of successes across the classes in the MotoGP World Championships, LCR embarks on a new adventure in 2019, with the creation of the LCR E-Team, which will take part in the inaugural MotoE World Cup. The squad lines up former MotoGP stars Randy de Puniet and Niccolò Canepa, and the popular duo got their first taste of their new Energica Ego Corsa machinery at the Jerez circuit in Spain this weekend and both were impressed with the brand new machine – one which neither has had previous experience of.
The MotoE World Cup takes place at five MotoGP events in 2019, with 18 riders doing battle on identical machinery. They will get another chance to test at Jerez in March and April, before the season begins alongside the MotoGP race at the legendary Spanish venue in May.
Lucio Cecchinello (LCR E-Team Principal): “I am completely satisfied with how this first test with the MotoE bike has gone. Our riders Randy and Niccolò have performed extremely well in the circumstances, and were always towards the top of the timesheets across the sessions. Unfortunately, the weather conditions weren’t great for us, and the track was never completely dry which meant they couldn’t push the bike to its limit”.
“Everybody is very impressed by the motorcycle, the technology and the performance levels. We now look forward to the next test in March and we will do our best to be prepared for an exciting season in MotoE.”
Randy De Puniet
“The first test with the MotoE bike was really interesting, although we have been a little unlucky with the weather. There wasn’t too much time on track, and for the teams with two riders like us, the organizers provided only one bike available to share for this first test session. That meant we had to change things around a lot and we got less time than the teams with only one rider”.
“Despite this, the feeling was good, and the pace was also good. We are confident, and given that this was the first time with the team the atmosphere was great. My team-mate is cool so I think we can do good things next year!”
“There are still two more tests before the first race next year. We have time to improve, and by then we will have one bike each which will make working easier and allow us to improve our lap times. As things stand, it’s already good.”
“I’m really happy with these first days of testing and the first contact with the MotoE bike and the LCR E-Team. It was a fantastic experience, despite the unfortunate weather and the fact that Randy and I had to share a bike. We enjoyed ourselves and first impressions were positive. We were quite quick throughout and got to find out a lot about the bike, and we’re still not getting 100 percent out of it so we will have to work hard in the other two winter tests to adapt it to my riding style”.
“I’m sure the championship will be entertaining and we will be able to fight for the top positions. Thanks to the LCR E-Team team and their crew who have done some excellent work this week. I can’t wait to get together again for the next test!”
Eric Granado makes successful start to MotoE new era
Avintia Esponsorama Racing – MotoE Test Jerez 1 – Circuito de Jerez
Avintia Esponsorama Racing team completed the first tests of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Angel Nieto Jerez Circuit in Spain, where the rain has been a constant and didn’t let the riders perfect track conditions throughout the three days of testing.
Eric Granado shown a fast adaptation to the Energica Ego Corsa machine during these first tests and, the Brazilian rider has always been one of fastest riders in both dry and wet conditions. With a best time of 1’51,842, Granado finished sixth in the combined time sheets and he is looking forward to come back in March to continue working ahead the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.
Xavier Simeon has not been able to take part in this first contact with the new class. After the concussion suffered after his crash during Friday’s free practice for the last round of the MotoGP World Championship at Valencia, the Belgian rider suffered complications that prevented him from taking part in the race. Simeon passed new tests in Barcelona and finally couldn’t be on time in Jerez for his MotoE debut. Avintia Esponsorama team is confident that Xavier Simeon will be at 100% for the first MotoE tests of 2019, which will take place again in Jerez, from March 12th to 14th and start the preparations for the new season.
In order to gather more data from the new bike, Avintia Esponsorama team invited Julián Miralles Jr. to the three-day-test. The Spanish rider had his first contact contact with the new world class and helped the team to work on the set-up of the Ego Corsa Energy machine for the upcoming test.
Eric Granado | 1'51.842 | P6
“To be honest, I’m very happy with these three days of testing, I have adapted very quickly and well to the bike. The only negative point was having to share on bike for two riders, because we have had much less time available compared to teams that only have one rider. However, we have used the available track time very well and we have quickly adapted to the bike and the tyres, both in dry and wet conditions. The team did a great job and have been always looking for ideas to improve with a bike that is completely different to everything we are used to. Although in the end it is riden like any motorbike, it is heavy, but also very stable and step by step you get used to it. I’m happy with this first contact, in all the sessions I’ve been out, I finished in the top three and now I will return to Brazil to work hard and get back strong to the next test here in Jerez.”
Julián Miralles | 1'52.945 | P15
“It has been a fun and different weekend. The first experience with the new MotoE class has been positive although the weather has not been perfect and we have not had any sessions completely in dry conditions. The good point is that we enjoyed the experience and we gathered a lot of information for the team. Both Eric and I have been quite competitive and we go home with good feelings. I appreciate the opportunity that the team has given me to take part in this test. It has been good and with this experience I’m available in case any team needs me during next season.”
Ajo MotoE Team and Niki Tuuli ready for the future after finishing second at Jerez test
Finnish rider concludes three positive days of testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto, going second fastest overall.
11/25/2018 - Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto
The Ajo MotoE Team started its journey in the FIM MotoE World Cup in a positive way this weekend, with three days of testing at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto. Niki Tuuli was second fastest overall in the first official test for the new class, having topped the timesheets on Friday.
Continuing on from Friday's positive work, Tuuli showed his pace on Saturday, ending the day as the second fastest rider overall with a 1:50.627 lap. The second day of the test was hindered by the appearance of rain in the early afternoon. As a result, Tuuli only undertook a total of 39 laps.
On Sunday, the rain again made an appearance, first thing in the morning. Despite the conditions, Tuuli had an interesting day in which he was able to continue gaining experience and working on the setup of his bike. That allowed the Finn to clock the thirteenth fastest time, going second in the combined timesheets.
The Ajo MotoE team will be back on track in 2019, in another test at the Jerez Circuit - Angel Nieto on March 12th-14th.
Niki Tuuli #5
"We've had a good first test, even though we have only had two dry sessions and the others in mixed conditions. The first time I rode with this bike on Friday, I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it was and the feeling I had when riding it. We tried many things during the dry sessions and we were able to improve our time whenever we went out, which is very positive. We were very consistent and I was able to set my best time for several consecutive laps, as well as the second top time. In the final sessions the weather wasn't ideal, but even so we have been able to try things out. I'm looking forward to the next test to continue improving."
Di Meglio impresses with top three in first official MotoE test in Jerez
Team Marc VDS rider Mike Di Meglio made a successful start to the exciting new electric bike era by powering to a top three finish in the first official FIM Enel MotoE World Cup test in Jerez.
Frenchman Mike Di Meglio and Team Marc VDS made a flying start to the preparations for the inaugural FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto this weekend.
Mike Di Meglio wasted no time in adapting to the innovative Energica Ego Corse machine in both dry and wet conditions, and a fastest time of 1’50.741 meant only Bradley Smith and Niki Tuuli were able to lap the 4.4km Andalusia venue faster than the former 125cc World Champion.
Di Meglio showed great promise and potential in varying conditions throughout the test and a lap of 1’52.160 on the final afternoon meant the 30-year-old was fastest on the last day ahead of current MotoGP rider Smith.
While wet conditions may have restricted Di Meglio’s time on track, the Jerez test was still a very valuable data-gathering experience for Team Marc VDS, who will make history in 2019 when it races in the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup over five rounds next season.
Di Meglio and Team Marc VDS will continue their preparations for the MotoE World Cup back in Jerez for another three-day test that commences on March 13.
Mike Di Meglio: 3º, 1:50.741, +0.476
“We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start this new chapter”
“I am very happy with how this test has gone. We have been able to draw some very positive conclusions from the three days even if the weather was not perfect. We improved a lot in wet conditions today compared to yesterday and in both dry and wet we have started to get a very good understanding of what we need to find the right balance for the bike. In mixed conditions on the final afternoon I set the fastest time and this is very encouraging. We made some good steps with the set-up of the bike and improved each time we made a modification. The feeling of the Energica Ego Corsa machine is something very different to what I am used to but I have enjoyed this first experience a lot. I was in the top three in all conditions on all days and we couldn’t have really asked for a better way to start this new chapter for the World Championship.”
#JerezTest D3. After three days of testing, the #MotoE will be back in March. Positive feelings for Josh and Alex.
The first testing days in the history of #MotoE ended today at Jerez. On the third day of activity, Josh Hook and Alex De Angelis have been lapping in wet conditions with the other 16 riders who will be participating in the 2019 #MotoE season. It was a useful test to begin to understand the Energica Ego Corsa as Alma Pramac Racing - as well as the other Independent Team of MotoGP - had only one bike available for both riders. In the mid-March tests, however, Josh and Alex will have 2 machines at their disposal.
"It's been a very interesting day. The bike surprised me with its ease of riding even though there are many aspects that we will have to work on. Having only one bike was not the ideal condition but from the next tests we will be able to start working on the setup".
Alex De Angelis
"The feelings are positive even if, especially in my case, the weather has not given me a hand. Basically, I was able to ride in “almost” dry conditions in just one session and I enjoyed it. I can't wait to get back on track in March to have all the sessions at disposal and start working with the team.