More from the press release published by Energica:
GRANADO WINS FIRST RACE IN AUSTRIA AND CONTINUES TITLE BEAT
The opening race of the Austrian Grand Prix in the MotoE class was marked by two key moments, one right at the start and the other just before the checkered flag was unfurled. The latter saw Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) fly out on the final lap while holding a solid lead, opening the door to LCR E-Team’s fourth win of the season as Eric Granada edged out World Cup leader Dominic Egerter (Dynavolt IntactGP) and fellow to team Mikel Pons on the line.
As the second day of action at the Red Bull Ring draws to a close, Egerter and Granada may be the only two drivers left in contention for the top prize (26 points currently separate them). This is especially true after Matteo Ferrari unexpectedly undercut at the first corner on the first lap. The Felo Gresini Racing MotoE flag-bearer was able to rejoin the race and finish fourteenth, but his current gap to the top of the standings – 63 points with 75 to go – makes his mission to reclaim the MotoE throne close to impossible now.
The threat of rain – which thankfully did not turn into a downpour – meant several riders decided to take a conservative approach in the early stages of the race. This was not the case with Casadei, who pressed hard from the start and managed to pull away – seemingly untouchable. Granada, however, did not want to let him go and, getting the better of Kevin Zanoni (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse), set a series of extremely competitive laps (including a new lap record of 1’41.064 seconds) to pull clear of first place. The two swapped places several times, but after the Italian re-extended the lead, he lost it completely in a matter of milliseconds when he rolled into the gravel trap on the outside of turn nine.
Egerter’s damage control was successful as he kept Pons at bay in the closing stages, while Japan’s Hikari Okuba (Avant Ajo MotoE) held off Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garz and Alex Eskrig for fourth. Zanoni, Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40), Javi Fores and Kevin Manfredi (Octo Pramac MotoE) completed the top ten in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
The second race of the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup starts tomorrow at 15:30 local time (GMT +2).
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