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.
|10||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Energica||+10.405|
|13||14||Randy DE PUNIET||Energica||+24.129|
|5||Alex DE ANGELIS||Energica||3 Laps|
|15||Sete GIBERNAU||Energica||3 Laps|
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|10||Xavier SIMEON||Energica||0 Lap|