2019 Misano MotoE Race 2 Result: A Second Serving Of Excitement

After the shenanigans of Race 1 in Misano, the MotoE class’ second outing promised a lot and delivered on par. Things were perhaps a bit more settled, with fewer crashes and incidents, but not short on overtakes and battles for the podium. Matteo Ferrari achieved a precious double on home soil, the Italian dominating Sunday’s race and increasing his lead in the championship. Hector Garzo was best of the rest but 2.6 seconds behind the winner, while Mattia Casadei secured his first podium in the class on the final lap.

The start had painted a different picture, with poleman De Angelis holding position into turn one ahead of Ferrari and with a great start from Maria Herrera to join the leaders' lineup. Front row starter Xavier Simeon did not make it past turn two and avoiding action from his high-side lost championship contenders Mike di Meglio and Bradley Smith some ground too.

Ferrari attacked the poleman at the start of lap two with an excellent move on the outside of De Angelis in turn two and Saturday’s victor was stretching a gap almost immediately. By lap three, the Italian had a five-man (and lady) group in hot pursuit, including Garzo, Nicolo Canepa, Herrera, Casadei and De Angelis. As the podium battle was heating up, Ferrari took off by over a second by lap four. The first to blink was de Angelis, the Pramac rider losing ground on the chasing pack and soon crashing out at turn 13 with three laps remaining.

Ferrari looked secure with a two seconds lead at the start of the final lap but Garzo had a lot of work to defend second from Canepa, Herrera and Casadei. Casadei shortly claimed second at turn 15 but Garzo found his way back past and the Italian had to make do with third at the line. Canepa missed out on the podium by five hundredths of a second, while Herrera improved one place from Race 1. However, the drama was not over at the checkered flag, Garzo under investigation for his trip on the green paint at turn 11 on the final lap but the Spaniard was eventually allowed to lift his trophy on the podium.

Ferrari’s success increases his advantage in the world cup to 19 points ahead of Garzo. Smith and Di Meglio follow, 24 and 25 points down on the leader. Despite being one of the favourites for the championship from the start, Niki Tuuli could not complete his weekend in Misano after a fractured femur and wrist in Saturday’s accident.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 11 Matteo FERRARI Energica 12'15.142
2 4 Hector GARZO Energica +2.687
3 27 Mattia CASADEI Energica +2.844
4 7 Niccolo CANEPA Energica +2.899
5 6 Maria HERRERA Energica +3.022
6 51 Eric GRANADO Energica +5.448
7 2 Jesko RAFFIN Energica +5.740
8 38 Bradley SMITH Energica +7.013
9 18 Nicolas TEROL Energica +8.072
10 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Energica +10.405
11 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Energica +10.559
12 16 Joshua HOOK Energica +11.312
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET Energica +24.129
14 78 Kenny FORAY Energica +35.867
    Not Classified    
  5 Alex DE ANGELIS Energica 3 Laps
  15 Sete GIBERNAU Energica 3 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  10 Xavier SIMEON Energica 0 Lap
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2019
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two spectacular races.

love it !

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Both races were packed full of excitment and close battles. Can't wait for the next one.

Also big shout out to Herrera, great to see her mixing it up with some big names!

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I actually watched both races, out of curiosity and because they're very short anyway, so kind of a fun intermezzo between the GP classes on the motogp.com no-spoiler-section. And part of my curiosity is to see how Maria Herrera does, because I still feel that she has the potential for more than we've seen so far. She's shown signs of real speed in Moto3 and also in World Supersport (and Supersport 300) every now and then. Here in Misano she was riding really well, with an impressive bit of aggression too, especially in this second race! In the Saturday race she almost seemed surprised to stay out there in the top-6, looking behind her several times, as if she wondered if something had happened behind her (well, that actually did as well). The second race was even better, with more confidence it seemed. Really great to see. Less than 0.4 seconds off 2nd place and 3.0 seconds off the winner, so that was a really good 5th place!

Amazing really that she is doing so well on these massive 260 kilo things, being by far the smallest rider on the grid by the looks of it. It would be interesting to do an interview with her on how she compares the different classes she's ridden and why these electric bikes seem to suit her (please, Zara or David!). There's a couple of seriously experienced and renowned names in that class too, and not just old retirees either. Looking forward to the next races to see if she can build on this!

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