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Di Meglio Wins at Red Bull Ring as Rivals Crash Out

Mike Di Meglio wins MotoE race at Red Bull Ring as title rivals crash out…

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Mike Di Meglio won Sunday morning’s FIM Enel MotoE World Cup round at the Red Bull Ring, surviving wet conditions that caught out many of his rivals.

Despite starting from pole the EG 0,0 Marc VDS rider didn’t have an easy race in Austria, which was reduced to five laps after being classified a wet race.

Di Meglio survived attempts for the lead from Xavier Simeon, Eric Granado and Hector Garzo at various stages of the race, although the latter two, along with Bradley Smith and Niki Tuuli, had their chances of victory ended by crashing out.

Tech 3 E-racing’s Garzo appeared set to mount a last-lap challenge for the lead but the Spaniard crashed out of second after cutting Di Meglio’s lead in half over the course of a lap.

This gave Di Meglio a relatively clear path to the checkered flag, which he took 2.2 seconds clear of Simeon.

It marked the Frenchman’s first motorcycle Grand Prix weekend win since 2008, when he won three races in the third-tier 125cc class to take the championship.

Simeon had started second but passed Di Meglio into the first turn before positions swapped back on the run into Turn 3.

Granado, having started ninth, came out on top in a five-rider battle for third on the first lap. He then passed Simeon and later Di Meglio to take the lead at the start of the second lap.

The Avintia Esponsorama Racing rider remained out front until he lost the front end braking into Turn 3 a lap later, dropping him back and putting Di Meglio back on top.

Di Meglio remained there for the rest of the race, surviving Garzo’s improved pace.

Smith bounced back to finish second behind Simeon, ahead of Alex De Angelis, Matteo Ferrari and Sete Gibernau.

With two races completed and four to go, Di Meglio has 41 points at the top of the standings, five clear of Smith, while Simeon is a further seven back.

Finishing 15th on Sunday, Sachsenring winner Tuuli only managed to score one point, therefore moving him down to fourth position despite heading into the weekend with the championship lead.

RESULTS: Red Bull Ring

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Birmingham. Contact Jake

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