Mike Di Meglio will start the second ever FIM Enel MotoE World Cup race from pole after going quickest by just 0.011 seconds in Saturday afternoon’s E-Pole session at the Red Bull Ring.
He logged a qualifying time of 1:35.182 with his EG 0,0 Marc VDS-run Energica Ego Corsa, narrowly beating Xavier Simeon and Bradley Smith.
The unique E-Pole format went ahead as planned despite rain being forecasted earlier in the day. A wet track would have resulted in a straight 12-minute qualifying session instead of the shootout system.
Avintia Esponsorama Racing’s Simeon went to the top of the timing screens after setting his lap time, with six riders still to head out.
Smith looked set to challenge for pole but a slight error in the first sector slowed him, forcing the British rider to settle for second at the time, which later became third in the final results.
Di Meglio was the penultimate rider to head out, ahead of Free Practice pacesetter Hector Garzo, and the Frenchman duly took E-Pole despite losing time in the third sector.
Garzo was unable to challenge as the final rider on track, slotting into sixth position. Jesko Raffin placed fourth, while Sachsenring winner and championship leader Niki Tuuli will start from fifth.
The top seven riders were separated by just 0.221 seconds in a close-fought session.
The race will get underway at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT) on Sunday.