Reigning champion Matteo Ferrari set the pace in this week’s pre-season test for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at Jerez, leading a close field after three days of running.
The Italian rider posted his best time of 1:47.494 on Thursday, the final day of the test, after a strong performance all week for Trentino Gresini MotoE.
A number of updates have been made to the single-make electric motorcycle racing series, and this week’s test provided teams with the first opportunity to get to grips with the 2020 bikes.
The changes for MotoE’s second season include new front and rear tires from Michelin, a new front fork from Ohlins and improvements to Enel’s portable charging system.
The test was largely unaffected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic despite the virus causing major disruption for MotoE’s parent series MotoGP, which has had its first four races either canceled (Qatar) or postponed (Americas, Argentina and Thailand).
The premier class’ season is now set to get underway at Jerez on May 3, the same weekend that MotoE has been scheduled to get underway for the first of seven races this year.
Another MotoE test is scheduled for the Andalusian circuit on April 8-10, but this could be canceled altogether should the Covid-19 outbreak worsen in Spain.
Ferrari’s closest rival this week was Eric Granado, whose best time was 0.052 seconds slower. The Avintia Esponsorama Racing rider won the final two races of the season last year and placed third in the standings.
Last year’s runner-up Bradley Smith finished the test with the fourth fastest time. The Brit remains at One Energy Racing this year but the team is now racing under the WithU Motorsport banner due to a new sponsorship deal.
Dominique Aegerter placed third in the combined test standings, between Granado and Smith, meanwhile.
Eight riders’ best times were within one second of Ferrari, while the slowest of the 17 riders was 2.055 seconds off the pace.
The test was made up of three 30-minute sessions each day, amounting to a total of four hours, 30 minutes on-track.
RESULTS: Jerez Test (Combined)