Granado sets track record at Jerez: 1st MotoE test with new Ducati bikes
At the collective testing of all teams, the MotoE prepared for its fifth season this week at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Along for the ride were not only rainy weather and some rookies, but also Ducati's new all-electric motorcycle. With this Eric Granado immediately set a new track record for the MotoE.
Four times 15 minutes, so a total of one hour per day - so much test time was the driver:in each of three days in this week. On Monday and Wednesday, however, it was hardly possible to set best times due to rain. Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse) was the first rider to take to the track during the 2023 test. The best time of Day 1 was set by rookie Luca Salvadori (Prettl Pramac MotoE) in the absence of all the riders who had competed in WorldSBK the previous weekend in Indonesia. Behind them lined up familiar faces like Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE), Kevin Manfredi (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Cors) and Jordi Torres (Openbank Aspar Team).
On Tuesday, the track finally dried enough for the afternoon sessions to be run on slick tires. And already the best times tumbled: A total of ten riders broke the 1:48-minute time barrier. Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) even set a new track record in Jerez for the electric class and thus also the day's best time of 1:47.053 minutes. By comparison, the overall best time of the 2022 test, set by Dominique Aegerter, was 1:48.634 minutes.
Since rain set in again on Wednesday, the teams put their focus on "long runs" on the final day of testing. The conclusion of many racing teams was nevertheless: a successful debut for the bikes of the new unit manufacturer Ducati. The overall result of the tests was more or less based on the best times of the second day of testing: championship candidate Eric Granado got off to a good start in the new season, followed by veteran Matteo Ferrari. Rookie Nicholas Spinelli (Pons Racing 40) was a surprise third.
Overall results of the MotoE test in Jerez
|1||Eric Granado||LCR E-Team||1:47.053 minutes|
|2||Matteo Gresini||Felo Gresini MotoE||+0.257 seconds|
|3||Nicholas Spinelli||Pons Racing 40||+0.425 seconds|
|4||Mattia Casadei||Pons Racing 40||+0.451 seconds|
|5||Randy Krummenacher||Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||+0.471 seconds|
|6||Hikari Okubo||Tech3 E-Racing||+0.473 seconds|
|7||Jordi Torres||Openbank Aspar Team||+0.495 seconds|
|8||Kevin Manfredi||Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse||+0.585 seconds|
|9||Hector Garzo||Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||+0.642 seconds|
Driver:inside changes during winter break
In addition to Spinelli, there are several other rookies in the World Cup rider field: among them are 2014 Moto2 champion Tito Rabat, who has joined Pramac, and Randy Krummennacher, who, in addition to stints in Moto2 and WorldSBK, now competes for Dynavolt Intact GP in MotoE. This means that the German team will have two bikes this season, as will Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse, leaving the field at 18 starters:inside despite the withdrawal of Avant Ajo MotoE and Avintia Esponsorama Racing.
After the withdrawal of his team, Hikari Okubo, who was still racing for Avant Ajo in 2022, had to find a new employer. He has joined Tech3 for the fifth season of MotoE. So has returnee Alessandro Zaccone. Hector Garzo, who competed for Tech3 last year, takes a cockpit with Dynavolt Intact. Double champion Jordi Torres moved to Openbank Aspar, where he becomes Maria Herrera's new teammate.
MotoE riders:inside 2023 at a glance
|Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||Randy Krummenacher||Hector Garzo|
|Felo Gresini MotoE||Matteo Ferrari||Alessio Finello|
|LCR E-Team||Eric Granado||Miquel Pons|
|Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse||Kevin Zannoni||Kevin Manfredi|
|Openbank Aspar Team||Maria Herrera||Jordi Torres|
|Pons Racing 40||Mattia Casadei||Nicholas Spinelli|
|Prettl Pramac MotoE||Luca Salvadori||Tito Rabat|
|RNF MotoE Team||Mika Perez||Andrea Mantovani|
|Tech3 E-Racing||Alessandro Zaccone||Hikari Okubo|
For MotoE, it's off to Barcelona in just under four weeks for more testing before the 2023 season kicks off at Le Mans on May 13-14. This season, a total of 16 races will be held.