MotoE Returns To Jerez For Round One of 2021
After two pre-season tests at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, it’s action stations for the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup as the grid return to the same venue for round one at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España. It’s familiar turf for all by now, and all signs point to another classic race to open the season.
Eric Granado arrives as the fastest rider in testing, the Brazilian leaving it late to pip Dominique Aegerter to the top on the final day and set a new – although unofficial – lap record. It was just 0.041 between the two, however, and Aegerter dominated the race simulation… but Granado was one who dropped back and didn’t push.
Granado and Aegerter certainly arrive as key favourites, but reigning Cup winner Jordi Torres is another who was fast in testing and kept his cards close to his chest in the race simulation. There are no points for being fast in pre-season, so the Spaniard will likely be one to watch again as the lights go out for real. The 2019 Cup winner and 2020 runner up, meanwhile, arrives as an expected contender but so far hasn’t been a key threat at the front.
The two headline-stealing rookies, Fermin Aldeguer and Miquel Pons, will have everyones attention as round one begins. Aldeguer was the talk of the first test as he came out guns blazing with immediate speed, but Pons also started to catch his compatriot on take two.
MotoE rookie but Grand Prix veteran Yonny Hernandez will also want to move forward, as will fellow electric debutant Hikari Okubo after they did a solid job slotting in but will have seen the speed of the likes of Aldeguer. Veteran Mattia Casadei, who was a little down the timesheets in testing, will also want a lot more and has already been on the podium at Jerez. He missed the first test due to injury and was getting up to speed in the second.
Two tests, a good few months and some fresh faces later, the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is about to return. Tune in for the first E-pole of the season on Saturday at 16:05 (GMT +2) and then watch the lights go out on race day at 10:05. So get ready and stay tuned to motogp.com as the season opener approaches!