Matteo Ferrari was crowned the inaugural FIM Enel MotoE World Cup champion after a fifth-place finish in the season finale at Valencia on Sunday afternoon.
The Trentino Gresini rider bettered title rival Bradley Smith in the overall standings by picking up 99 points across six races at Sachsenring, Red Bull Ring, Misano and Valencia in the electric motorcycle racing series’ first season.
Eric Granado won Sunday’s final race of the season, sweeping the weekend with pole on Friday before going on to win Saturday’s Race 1 for Avintia Esponsorama Racing.
The Brazilian duelled with Smith during the final lap of Race 2 and came out of the final corner in front with a switch-back move after the pair had traded positions all lap.
Before that, Smith led the entire race after starting third and leading into the first turn. Ferrari fell from third on the first lap to fifth but this didn’t prevent him securing the title, having headed into the race with a 20-point lead over Smith.
Ferrari only had to finish inside the top ten to secure the championship, which he did from fifth position at the line with Smith second.
The title battle was reduced to just those two riders when Hector Garzo saw his hopes fade with disqualification from Race 1 for low tire pressures.
His initial runner-up finish on Saturday had placed him 12 points behind Ferrari and therefore ahead of Smith in the standings until he lost all points from the penultimate round of the season.
Garzo, riding for Tech 3 E-Racing, somewhat made up for this in Race 2 by finishing third, while Alex de Angelis placed fourth ahead of Ferrari.
Granado’s double victory allowed him to leapfrog to third in the final standings, dropping Garzo back to fourth.
RESULTS: Race 2