2018 Jerez MotoE Saturday Test Times: Smith Fastest As Times Drop

The weather hit the MotoE riders perhaps even more hard than the Moto2 riders: there are 12 bikes present, and 19 riders, so riders in two-rider teams are having to share bikes. And when some sessions are wet and some dry, making comparisons is hard.

Bradley Smith ended the day as fastest, having improved yesterday's best time by over 1.5 seconds, a sign of how much and how quickly the teams and riders are learning about the new category, and how much room for improvement there still is. Niki Tuuli - fastest yesterday - was second quickest, finishing ahead of Mike Di Meglio and Matteo Casadei.

So far the main issue with the bikes is battery temperature: keeping batteries cool and within the optimum operating temperature makes a big difference in terms of performance, the batteries losing charge quickly when hot. Much experimentation is going on both in terms of riding style and in the pits with regard to keeping the batteries cool. Slipstreaming does not appear to confer an advantage - the bikes can't overrev in the way that a combustion engine can - and may be a disadvantage, preventing batteries from getting cool air. Even in a short race, strategy could be key, battery management replacing tire management as the crucial element in the race.

Times:

Pos No Rider Team Time Diff Prev  
1 38 Bradley Smith One Energy 1:50.265      
2 68 Niki Tuuli Ajo Motorsport 1:50.627 0.362 0.362  
3 63 Mike Di Meglio EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:50.741 0.476 0.114  
4 8 Matteo Casadei Ongetta SIC58 1:50.885 0.620 0.144  
5 11 Matteo Ferrari Trentino Gresini 1:51.648 1.383 0.763  
6 78 Kenny Foray Tech3 E-Racing 1:51.853 1.588 0.205  
7 14 Randy De Puniet LCR E-Team 1:52.204 1.939 0.351  
8 16 Josh Hook Alma Pramac 1:52.281 2.016 0.077  
9 7 Niccolo Canepa LCR E-Team 1:52.375 2.110 0.094  
10 15 Sete Gibernau Pons Racing 1:52.933 2.668 0.558  
11 84 Julian Miralles Avintia Esponsorama 1:52.945 2.680 0.012  
12 2 Jesko Raffin Dynavolt Intact GP 1:53.355 3.090 0.410  
13 18 Nico Terol Angel Nieto Team 1:53.834 3.569 0.479 *wet
14 51 Eric Granado Avintia Esponsorama 1:57.619 7.354 3.785 *wet
15   Marvin Fritz Dynavolt Intact GP 1:57.939 7.674 0.320 *wet
16 6 Maria Herrera Angel Nieto Team 2:16.415 26.150 18.476 *wet
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2019
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