Press releases after the first ever MotoE race at the Sachsenring:
Tuuli and Ajo MotoE Team first-ever winners in FIM Enel MotoE World Cup
The Finnish rider and the Ajo MotoE Team make motorcycle racing history and become the first leaders of the newborn championship.
07/07/2019 - Sachsenring, Germany
It’s been an unforgettable weekend for the Ajo MotoE Team. After recording the E-Pole yesterday, Niki Tuuli won the first-ever race in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at Sachsenring today. The Finn youngster wrapped up a great visit to Germany by becoming the first leader in the overall classification of the championship, in an intense race which saw lots of overtaking and concluded two laps early due to a red flag.
The Ajo MotoE Team rider, who took off from first position on the grid, overcame a difficult start to a race that was reduced from 8 to 7 laps - after being declared wet. The Finn quickly recovered and got in front on the fourth lap. Tuuli held off attempts by his rivals to challenge his lead, starring in an intense race which was cut short with two laps remaining, due to a red flag - with two thirds of the originally scheduled distance completed.
Thanks to this result, Tuuli becomes the first leader in the history of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, with 25 points. The next date on the calendar for the Ajo MotoE Team is the Austrian GP, which will be held at the Red Bull Ring from 9th - 11th August.
Aki Ajo - Team manager
"I'm very happy to see how exciting the first race in MotoE history was. Although the races are short, yesterday's E-Pole also impressed me. It is an interesting qualifying procedure. Of course, I'm glad of the performance of Niki [Tuuli], who has been impressive. He's surprised many people in the paddock with his great work. I've known Niki since he was very young and I know how serious he is about this sport. He has a bright future in this championship."
66 NIKI TUULI
"I'm very happy. We were able to produce a great pace throughout the weekend and session by session we took steps forward. In the race, it was harder because we didn’t know exactly how the track conditions would be after the rain early in the morning. I began carefully and then after the first two laps I started to push hard. The race was shorter than usual and that meant we had less time to put our strategy into practice. However, in the end I managed to get away from the rest a little bit at the front.
Of course getting the victory is an unbeatable start to the year. We set an incredible beginning to the competition and we know what I am good at and what I need to improve. I like the atmosphere in the MotoE championship, as everything is much simpler and the riders push for results, but also enjoy riding the bike. There’s no pressure for me, I’ll just try to have fun and do well in the next race."
Historic second place for Smith and ONE Energy Racing in first MotoE race
Bradley Smith finishes on the podium at Sachsenring in the first round of the MotoE World Cup, leading the race for several laps.
ONE Energy Racing and Bradley Smith became part of history in the MotoE World Cup by finishing on the class' first ever podium. The British rider claimed a great second position after starting from the third row of the grid, as well as managing to lead a race that ended prematurely due to a red flag.
Smith made a great start from seventh place, was second into the first corner and quickly got to the front of the race - reduced to seven laps due to a delay in getting underway. The ONE Energy Racing rider continued in the fight for victory, leading on several occasions. With two laps remaining, a crash for another rider resulted in a red flag, ending the race ahead of time and giving Smith second place.
After this result, Smith is second in the overall standings with 20 points, 5 off the top spot. The next round of the MotoE World Cup will be the Austrian GP on August 9th to 11th.
Matteo Ballarin - Team Principal
"We are very happy. Bradley [Smith] had a great race, with a fantastic start. Yesterday's E-Pole did not turn out as we had hoped, but Bradley is a very special rider and today he provided a great performance. The whole team worked very well during this first weekend. We can continue to improve ahead of the next race, but we had a great first weekend here in Germany. Finishing on the podium at the first round is a very positive result. The MotoE World Cup is a new adventure, and there are many things still to be discovered. It is all really exciting."
#38 Bradley Smith
"I'm very happy to have got on the podium at this first MotoE World Cup race with ONE Energy Racing. Yesterday I was somewhat disappointed with my result in E-Pole, but I still knew that if I got a good start I could be in the fight in the race.
I managed to get a very good start and lead the race, so that was nice. I couldn't be a part of the race simulation in Valencia, so I was lacking some knowledge of what the contest was going to be like, but I learned a lot today. It was only five laps, but I know where I can improve for the next round in Austria.
The race was exciting, so that's good for the show and for the competition. I want to thank the team; they changed the bike from yesterday to today and did a great job."
Di Meglio powers to brilliant, historic MotoE podium
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Mike di Meglio battles to a superb third place in the shortened first round of the MotoE World Cup at the Sachsenring.
Starting the first MotoE World Cup race in history from fourth on the grid, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Mike Di Meglio made an excellent start to finish the first lap in second position.
The 2008 125cc World Champion was involved in an all-action four-rider fight for the victory with Niki Tuuli, Bradley Smith and Hector Garzo in the seven-lap race.
Having conserved his rear tyre in the opening laps, Di Meglio had just passed Smith for second on lap six when the race was stopped due to a crash for Lorenzo Savadori.
Results were decided on the leaderboard after lap five, demoting the Frenchman to third.
Mike Di Meglio
3rd, + 0.567s.
"It was as I planned, I am really happy with that podium"
“It was as I planned. I wanted to do a really good first lap and I ended it in second position. I got a good start and braked very late into the first turn but I saw a lot of riders on my inside. I said, ‘Mike, keep your speed!’ After that I was fighting with Niki and Bradley while trying to manage the rear tyre because it would help me at the end of the race. The tyre was sliding a lot but I think it was because of this cold temperature. I planned to pass Bradley because I saw he was quite a bit quicker. Then when I did that I saw the red flag. But sometimes racing is like that. It was quite good. It was quite good, I am really happy with that historic podium.”
"All weekend Mike showed good potential and very good rhythm"
“We are very happy to start the new MotoE category with a podium. All weekend Mike showed good potential and very good rhythm. Unfortunately the race was stopped early but I think Mike did a good job with the tyres, saving them for the end. Anyway it’s a good result. We don’t have so many races in this series so it’s good to stay on the podium.”
Hard fought MotoE debut for Garzo and Foray in Germany
Following some rain, the first race of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup was declared wet and shortened to seven laps today, although the Sachsenring track already dried out.
Thereby, Tech3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo came off the line perfectly and lead the field to the first corner. Involved in a hard fight for the podium, the Spanish rider planned to attack towards the end of the race, but was fourth when the red flag came out after five completed laps. Meanwhile, Kenny Foray was progressing from P14 to P12 in the course of the last lap, battled for the points scoring positions and found himself in 14th when the race was declared completed.
“Unfortunately, it was a difficult race and not the result we have hoped for. I was waiting for the last two laps. Just the moment before the red flag, I was thinking about my overtake. But well, this is racing. You never know, that this is going to happen. Anyway, I’m happy because we four riders finished with a great time. For sure, I would have been a bit more satisfied to get a podium in the first MotoE race, but still our work is good and we know we are strong in every condition. Thanks a lot to the team, we did a really good job and for the first MotoE race of the history, it’s not bad. We must be happy. I’m looking forward to Austria now, keep calm and work hard.”
“It was a good race. The result is not, what I expected, but my feeling was better. Now, I need to be more aggressive in the race, because two times, I decided to stay behind the guys in front of me and two times, somebody overtook me. So, I need to push all the time. I was really good on the brakes, but I couldn’t take full advantage of this. My feeling on the bike was good, it was great fun. The result is not ideal, but now I need to improve for the next race. I was a good experience for me and I’m happy, although I was hoping for a few more points. I’m sure for Austria, we will be better.”
“Finally, we saw our first MotoE race here in Sachsenring. We were very happy with our Qualifying with Hector in the front row and Kenny having a decent Qualifying too. When we saw rain this morning, we were a bit worried, but finally the track dried and we had a very good race. Hector had a fantastic start, because he was leading at the first turn. We could see that there was a battle of four riders and Hector was right inside that fight, waiting for the last two laps to eventually make a move, but unfortunately, we had a red flag that stopped the race with two laps to go. It was a pity, because I think our strategy was working until then. Hector was right behind that group, trying to save the tyres, but because the air fence was broken, you have to red flag the race, so I absolutely understand the decision of the race direction. This time, it didn’t play in our favor. Anyway, we soon have another chance to show what we can do in Red Bull Ring. So, all together it was a good weekend for Tech3 E-Racing. I think also Kenny understood a lot of things, especially that a sprint race is not what he is used to in endurance, so he’s going to get better and better. Hector is quite frustrated right now, so he will be willing to change and be on the podium next time. Overall, a good round one. I think it was a great show and it’s a proper class in our championship.”
LCR E-TEAM RIDERS COMPLETE THE INAUGURAL MOTOE RACE
PRESS RELEASE: 07 July 2019 | German GP MotoE Race
The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is now officially underway, with the first race completed at the Sachsenring. The race was officially meant to run for 8 laps, though was reduced to 7 laps at the start due to the wet conditions. The race was red flagged due to a crash that damaged the air fence, so the result given is the running order as of lap 5.
Another issue riders had to contend with was the weather, with the race officially declared as wet. Both practice sessions and the E-pole session ran in warm, dry conditions, so there was an added challenge of adapting to the bike on the wet track.
For LCR E-Team rider Niccolò Canepa, contact on the first lap pushed him further down the rankings, though he rode well to put himself back into the top 10 at the time the race was red flagged. As the result was given from lap 5, he officially finished 12th. For Randy de Puniet, the Frenchman is still struggling to gain confidence and the correct feeling on his Energica bike, especially following the bad crash he suffered at the Valencia test. The riders both look forward to gaining more experience on the bike and hopefully improving in future races.
Randy De Puniet – 17th
"It was not an easy race – since the beginning of the weekend, as I’ve explained before, I have zero feeling and I’m not confident after crashing in Valencia. I really hoped to get some more confidence and speed during the race, but it was not the case. I’m sorry to the team and the sponsors but I was not able to do better today. I hope after the break I will feel better on the bike so we will see for the next race."
Niccolò Canepa – 12th
"I’m really upset because I had contact in the first lap – I was in 8th place and was put back to 14th place. I was coming back into the top 10 and was 10th when the red flag came out but they gave the results from the previous lap so I was actually 12th in the results. I feel frustrated because I think this time a 5-lap race is too short."
TOP-FIVE RESULT FOR FERRARI IN FIRST HISTORICAL MOTOE RACE
Team Trentino Gresini made its long-awaited debut in the inaugural race of the MotoE World Cup, and it was a good one: Matteo Ferrari leaves Sachsenring with a fifth place in what was a challenging race – as it was the first-ever encounter of the series – held under mixed conditions due to the overnight rain.
The Italian had a blistering start desite a first-turn coming together with an opponent, when both tried to avoid a damp patch. With a strong race pace, Ferrari was only two seconds away from race winner Tuuli to grab 11 important points.
It could have been a good day also for Lorenzo Savadori, who managed to go all the way up to eighth place after starting from the 11thplace on the grid after overtaking several riders, including Granado and Gibernau. Unfortunately a coming together with the Brazilian rider between turns eight and nine resulted in a nasty crash for the former STK1000 champion, which forced race direction to end the race (red flag).
It has been nevertheless a good debut for Team Trentino Gresini, who will return to the track next month in Spielberg, Austria, for round two.
5th - MATTEO FERRARI #11
“I got a good start and settled into a nice rhythm. Unfortunately we were using the dry set-up except for the engine brake, so I struggled a little bit mid-corner to make the bike turn. Apart from that everything went well and I learned a lot from the guys ahead of me. We just need to be a little bit aggressive, but we showed we have what it takes to battle at the front.”
D.N.F. - LORENZO SAVADORI #32
“It’s a shame, because I was doing well. I found a nice rhythm and made up several places. The more I ride the bike, the more I’m comfortable and that’s how things come together. Too bad for the crash, but it was Granado who took me down. I’m OK, although I got another hit on the left leg and I have a quite swollen finger, but apparently nothing broken.”
TOP 10 FOR NICO TEROL AND THE OPENBANK ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM AT THE MOTOE OPENER
Contact in the first corner held up the Spanish rider and forced him to fight in the second group
The first race of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will go down in history with a victory for Finnish rider Niki Tuuli after a race scheduled for seven laps and that was reduced to five due to an accident for another rider. Tuuli was joined on the podium by Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio, after a group battle involving several riders that saw just four of them make the finish line together. Héctor Garzó was the rider who lost out at the line, being forced to sdettle for fourth. The next round of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will take place on the weekend of August 11th in Austria.
The Openbank Ángel Nieto Team and Nico Terol begin their adventure within this new electric-powered era with a top ten finish after a race that was difficult from the first corner, when another rider went wide and pushed Nico even further off line. The Valencian dropped back to eleventh, three places behind his starting position, and was only able to recover one place before the red flag. Meanwhile, María Herrera struggled for feeling on the opening lap and by the time she got comfortable in the mixed conditions she had lost touch with the group, the Openbank Ángel Nieto Team rider taking sixteenth in the first round of the season.
10th Nico Terol: "I'm not very happy because we were making good progress. I was going well in the race but another rider forced me off the track at the first corner and five or six riders passed me. I've gone from being able to get into the lead group to dropping way off. I got into a good rhythm but I was already in a more difficult group. I had passed Gibernau for ninth but the red flag took the result back to the previous lap, when I was still tenth. Today I could have ended up fifth or sixth and I want to thank the team for all the work they are doing. We are working well and everything will come - I I feel I can be strong again and aggressive and the winning Nico is back. "
16th María Herrera: "Having not ridden yesterday, I did not have confidence on the first lap. Then I was much better but the group escaped. I tried to keep the distance with them but the race was very short. In the next one I hope to have some new bars that will make me ride more comfortable and keep fighting. "
#MotoE #GermanGP RACE. P6 Alex De Angelis: “I had a great time”. P15 Josh Hook: “Positive feelings during the race”.
The first race in the history of #MotoE took place today at the Sachsenring circuit. It was a historic event in the world of two wheels with 18 riders and the Energica Ego Corsa fighting until the red flag stopped the race two laps from the end due to the crash of Salvadori.
Alex De Angelis, who started from ninth place, immediately recovered two positions at the first corner and then engaged in an exciting duel with Simeon to finish in sixth position.
Josh Hook started from sixteenth position and managed in the first laps to gain two positions then finishing 15th.
P6 – Alex De Angelis
"I had a great time. At the first corner I chose to brake and stay inside and it was a good tactic because it allowed me to recover some positions. The duel with Simeon made me lose contact with the leading group but it was really exciting".
P15 - Josh Hook
"The feeling with the bike grew during the race. It was very important to be with the peloton on a circuit where I raced on Friday for the first time. It wasn't a particularly satisfying weekend but we have to take the positive side and improve".