Eric Granado took his first FIM Enel MotoE World Cup victory on Saturday afternoon in the penultimate race of the year at Valencia while the championship battle remains wide open.
Granado started from pole but the Avintia Esponsorama Racing rider didn’t have a straight-forward seven-lap race to the checkered flag, where he ultimately finished 0.576 seconds clear of Hector Garzo.
Bradley Smith initially took the lead from third on the grid but lost out to Granado with two laps to go and then dropped to third as Garzo passed him on the final lap.
Garzo and Smith, who are both in the title battle along with Matteo Ferrari, duelled to the line and were separated by 0.130 seconds.
Championship leader Ferrari finished fourth, meanwhile, allowing Garzo and Smith to close the gap heading into Sunday’s season finale with all three riders’ strong finishes meaning that the title battle goes to the sixth and final race of MotoE’s inaugural season.
Trentino Gresini’s Ferrari now has 85 points, putting him 12 ahead of Garzo and 21 clear of Smith. Twenty-five points are available for a win.
The grid for Race 2 will be the same as Race 1, and so Ferrari is set to start from second with Smith third and Garzo fifth.
It will get underway at the rescheduled time of 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday (9:30 a.m. EST), moving after the MotoGP season finale instead of its original morning slot.
RESULTS: Race 1