NIKI Tuuli stormed to the very first pole position of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup as he destroyed the field and beat Hector Garzo by almost 0.8sec.
The Ajo MotoE rider clocked a 1:27.456 in today’s E-Pole qualifying session, a replica of the old World Superbike Superpole format, while Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo could only manage second 0.787sec adrift.
But Garzo was nearly pipped for second by Avintia Esponsorama’s race simulation winner Eric Granado, who fell just 0.011sec short of the Spaniard and will now start tomorrow’s race from third on the grid.
EG 0,0 Marc VDS man Mike Di Meglio, yesterday’s pace-setter, will head up the second row of the grid after pipping Granado’s Avintia team-mate Xavier Simeon by a mere 0.005sec, while Matteo Ferrari starts sixth for TRENTINO Gresini MotoE.
Briton Bradley Smith leads the third row for One Energy Racing ahead of OpenBank Angel Nieto’s former 125GP champ Nico Terol, while OCTO Pramac MotoE’s Alex De Angelis starts ninth.
Meanwhile, it was disaster for FP1 leader Jesko Raffin, who left the pit lane just seconds later than his planned slot and will now have to start at the back of the grid for the Dynavolt Intact squad. A similar fate befell lady racer Maria Herrera, who will also start from the back after being black flagged for leaving pit lane too early.