MATTEO Ferrari stole his first FIM Enel MotoE victory this afternoon after holding off Hector Garzo and Xavier Simeon in a crash-filled first race of the weekend at Misano.
The Trentino Gresini rider was locked in a three-way battle for the entire race before Garzo joined the fight just as pole-sitter Alex De Angelis had a massive crash.
Octo Pramac’s De Angelis was quickest out of the gates as Ferrari and Simeon slotted into second and third, but it was disaster further back for championship leader Mike Di Meglio whose Energica machine suffered a technical issue as he dropped back to dead last.
Simeon finally sliced ahead of Ferrari at the start of lap two, but Ferrari hit straight back a few corners later before Ferrari got back at him.
And there was carnage further back as round one winner Niki Tuuli collected Bradley Smith and Mattia Casadei as they all skittled off the track before Smith managed to get his bike back on track, while the Finn was stretchered off to the medical centre.
Back at the front, Simeon found a way through on De Angelis at the beginning of lap three before De Angelis powered back into the lead as he, Simeon and Ferrari were quickly caught by the chasing dup of Dynavolt Intact’s Jesko Raffin and Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo, who made contact before Garzo got ahead.
And it was all over for home hero De Angelis with four laps to go as he was thrown over his Pramac machine with a huge highside crash at turn four.
While Eric Granado carved up the inside of Raffin, the young Brazilian’s race was all over as he, too, crashed out soon after slotting into fourth.
With a lap to go, Ferrari led Simeon and Garzo as the trio bunched up comfortably ahead of the pack and while Garzo stuck his bike up the inside of Simeon to snatch second at turn 11, it wasn’t enough to take the win and Ferrari took his first victory of the season.
A few seconds back, Swiss rider Raffin pinched fourth from from LCR’s Niccolo Canepa, while OpenBank Angel Nieto’s lady racer Maria Herrera pipped the second Gresini bike of Lorenzo Savadori for sixth.
Herrera’s team-mate Nico Terol, Join Contract Pons 40’s Sete Gibernau and Octo Pramac man Josh Hook completed the top 10.
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