Bradley Smith set the pace in the first test for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the weekend, with teams and riders sampling the all-electric motorbikes together for the first time.
MotoGP podium finisher Smith posted a best time of 1:50.265 to top the three-day test which ran from Friday to Sunday at Jerez.
MotoE teams shared the test with Moto2, the category directly below the premier MotoGP class, with best MotoE lap times nine seconds down on the Moto2 bikes.
Smith’s quickest time on his One Energy Racing machine was 0.362 seconds clear of Ajo Motorsport MotoE’s Niki Tuuli, while Mike di Meglio was third overall.
Most of the riders were within 3.5 seconds of the pace, with the top four separated by 0.620 seconds.
“It’s been an exciting test,” said Smith. “Obviously everything’s brand new, the team, the bike, the technology. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised with everything.
“I think we have a good understanding with the bike and what makes a better lap time from a riding style point of view, and also what makes a better lap time from a bike setup point of view.
“The grip’s been fantastic with the tires and we’ve been able to really push the bikes to the absolute limits.
“There was less than five seconds between a wet lap time and a dry lap time in the end so it just shows the level that we’re riding at.”
MotoE competitors will be back in action for the next test at Jerez on March 12-14.
RESULTS: Jerez Test (Combined)