ERIC Granado stormed to the final FIM Enel MotoE pole position of the season after storming ahead of championship leader Matteo Ferrari.
The Avintia Esponsorama rider clocked a lap more than 0.3sec quicker than the Italian and will start tomorrow’s race in the best possible way.
Openbank Angel Nieto riders Maria Herrera and Nico Terol as well as Tech 3 E-Racing’s Kenny Foray were the first out on track as Terol topped the times, but the Spaniard’s lead didn’t last as Dynavolt Intact’s Jesko Raffin blasted ahead of him with a 1’41.281 as he rider lapped almost two seconds quicker.
Join Contract Pons man Sete Gibernau, out on his swan song with MotoE after announcing he would not return to action in 2020, jumped up to a provisional second on the grid but was still more than six tenths off Raffin’s leading time.
While Avintia Esponsorama’s Xavier Simeon went second quickest by just a few tenths, Raffin’s lead came under further threat from Tech3 man and championship challenger Hector Garzo, but the young Spaniard fell short by a mere 0.109sec and instead jumped ahead of Simeon to start a provisional second.
Granado finally gave Raffin a run for his money as the Brazilian was the first to crack the 1’40 barrier with his 1’40.615, stealing provisional pole with only Matteo Ferrari and Smith left to run.
Trentino Gresini’s Ferrari looked on course for pole after the first sector, but he missed out by just 0.341sec at the line as Smith made it onto the front row but was half a second shy of pole as Granado clinched the top spot.