Krummenacher takes first MotoE win at Silverstone, Casadei defeats Granado
Randy Krummenacher won his first MotoE race at Silverstone on Saturday. The Swiss prevailed over Kevin Manfredi and Eric Granado, who celebrated two podium results at Silverstone. His long-time rival Ferrari suffered a setback in the title fight, as Granado was beaten only by Mattia Casadei on Sunday as well. As with recent race weekends, MotoE got caught up a heavy downpour in Race 1, shortening the race distance to 5 laps even before the start.
Eric Granado (LCR E Team) defended his pole position in the first corner, while his championship rivals Matteo Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE) and Jordi Torres (Openbank Aspar Team) started the race from positions 8 and 9. Hector Garzo (Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE), Kevin Manfredi (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse), Randy Krummenacher (Dynavolt Intact GP Moto E) and Nicholas Spinelli (HP Pons Los40) established themselves as the first pursuers. In the following laps, Krummenacher initially took the lead, which, howver, it changed in the following laps with regular position swaps between the top 4.
Two laps before the end, the Swiss increased the pace again. Only Manfredi could follow him. Spinelli said goodbye to a podium finish a few corners before the end by crashing. So in the last lap two duels developed: Krummenacher against Manfredi for the win and Garzo against Granado for 3rd place, both of which remained open until the last corner. In the end, Granado joined Krummenacher and Manfredi on the podium to make up some points on Matteo Ferrari in the overall ranking.
Result of the 9th round of MotoE 2023 at Silverstone
|1||Randy Krummenacher||Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||12:17.994 min|
|2||Kevin Manfredi||Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse||+0.142 s|
|3||Eric Granado||LCR E-Team||+1.089 s|
|4||Hector Garzo||Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||+1.376 s|
|5||Jordi Torres||Openbank Aspar Team||+1.639 s|
|6||Mattia Casadei||HP Pons Los40||+2.586 s|
In Race 2 just a few hours later, the Swiss was very unlucky and was taken out of the race in the first turn through no fault of his own: While Casadei (HP Pons Los40) took the lead from second on the grid, Ferrari tried to overtake Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse), who had started one row ahead of him, on the inside. In doing so, he rammed his Italian compatriot, which threw Krummenacher and Manfredi, among others, far back or even out of the race. Ferrari received a three-second penalty for the collision, which would ultimately drop him to seventh place. At the front, Granado had meanwhile taken up the chase of Casadei. The two engaged in a spectacular duel, with Granado even overtaking Casadei on the penultimate lap but losing the lead again shortly afterwards. Granado saved himself over the finish line in first place.
Behind them, another gripping battle for the podium had developed between Spinelli, Torres, Garzo and Ferrari. While Garzo began the final lap in third place, he was still caught by all three in the final 5.9 kilometers. Due to the penalty against Ferrari, he made up one position in retrospect. Andrea Mantovani (RNF MotoE Team) inherited sixth place. With a 15-point lead, Jordi Torres travels as overall leader to Spielberg, where the next rounds of the electric series will be held in two weeks.
Result of the 10th round of MotoE 2023 at Silverstone
|1||Mattia Casadei||HP Pons Los40||14:07.906 min|
|2||Eric Granado||LCR E-Team||+1.108 s|
|3||Nicholas Spinelli||HP Pons Lot40||+6.776 s|
|4||Jordi Torres||Openbank Aspar Team||+6.909 s|
|5||Hector Garzo||Dynavolt Intact GP MotoE||+7.724 s|
|6||Andrea Mantovani||RNF MotoE Team||+9.115 s|