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MotoE Holds Simulation Race During Final Pre-Season Test

Eric Granado wins 7-lap simulation race in final MotoE test at Valencia…

Photo: Dorna Sports

A simulation race was held at Valencia on Wednesday as part of the final pre-season test for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.

Avintia Esponsorama Racing’s Eric Granado took victory in the seven-lap contest, edging out pole-sitter Hector Garzo on the final lap.

Granado, Garzo and third-placed Niki Tuuli were split by just under two seconds as they crossed the line, beating 2011 125cc World Champion Nicolas Terol in fourth.

The race was contested by 17 of the 18 full season riders, with Bradley Smith unavailable due to testing commitments with Aprilia.

MotoE, which uses a field of identical Energica Ego Corsa street bikes, will officially get underway with a race at the Sachsenring on July 5-7.

The series start was delayed after a paddock fire during a test at Jerez in March destroyed most of its equipment, forcing Energica to rebuild the bikes in time for this week’s final test.

“I think from the beginning we said that what we want to do is make races,” said Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpleta.

“Really, what we showed today was a real race, with all the riders competing. I was talking with them and all of them are really happy.

“We are happy because it’s a way to enter into new energy, showing that we can do with this energy what we have been doing since 1992 with other energies. We are happy.”

In addition to the race simulation on Wednesday, riders also got chance during the test to practice the E-Pole qualifying format, with each rider completing one flying lap to qualify.

The quickest lap time of the three-day test was a 1:40.127 posted by Tuuli during Wednesday evening’s final 30-minute session.

Garzo had gone to the top on Monday with a 1:41.236, while Smith set a 1:40.290 on Tuesday.

Comparing those lap times to the existing MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes, MotoE places somewhere between Moto2 and Moto3.

The pole-setting lap times from last year’s round at Valencia were: 1:31.312 (MotoGP), 1:35.777 (Moto2) and 1:46.773.

RESULTS: Simulation Race

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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