The first ever MotoE race was hailed a success after the three men on the podium were separated by just 0.587s. Ajo MotoE rider Nicki Tuuli won the race, which was cut short following a crash from former Aprilia WSB rider Lorenzo Savadori on the 6th lap saw his bike hit and subsequently deflate the air fencing.
Having set pole with an impressive 1m27.456s lap– under 1.5s slower than Moto3, Tuuli explained his infinity to the new class.
“From the first test on the bike we knew the bike was going to suit me. Every time I’ve ridden the bike I’ve been around the top three and especially on a track like this with the fast turns is where I’m making the lap time
Former MotoGP rider Bradley Smith led the race and ultimately claimed second place – his first podium since Misano MotoGP race in 2015. Unlike his rivals who competed in a practice race at Valencia two weeks ago, it was Smiths first time battling with his rivals on track.
“My start was good from P7 and I and I got passed a few tentative riders early on. I definitely missed not doing the race simulation in Valencia in terms of knowledge – just to see how the other guys are as I’d only ever ridden by myself. I’ve already learnt a lot from watching Niki (Tuuli) in terms of how to ride these bikes.”
Frenchman Mike Di Meglio was third riding for Marc VDS with Hector Garzo, Tech3 E Racing in fourth less than a second behind the winner.
Former MotoGP runner-up Sete Gibernau was ninth 9.414s off the win.