ERIC Granado made a clean sweep at the final MotoE round of 2019, but it was Matteo Ferrari who scored the first ever electric championship.
Trentino Gresini’s leading man crossed the line a comfortable fifth, but with a comfortable points margin over his only other title rival Bradley Smith, who missed out on victory behind Avintia Esponsorama’s Granado, it was Ferrari’s day.
But it was drama this morning before the race even began as Hector Garzo was stripped of his chance to contend for the title after being disqualified from yesterday’s podium thanks to his tyre pressure infringement.
As Smith blasted off the front row and into the lead ahead of pole-sitter and Saturday winner Granado, Ferrari quickly moved past Alex De Angelis to maintain his stronghold on the lead.
Meanwhile, it was disaster further back for LCR’s Niccolo Canepa as he crashed just before Xavier Simeon hit the deck and took Octo Pramac’s Josh Hook with him.
With De Angelis and and Ferrari scrapping for third, Smith’s only hope of taking the title was to take the win with Ferrari lower than 11th.
But the Englishman’s one-second gap came down to 0.4sec with four laps remaining and with two to go, Granado was right on his tail.
The Brazilian scythed up the inside of Smith before Smith hit back with a few last-ditch passes, but it wasn’t enough to hang on for his first win of the season and Granado sunk his teeth in to do the double.
The celebration, however, was a few positions back as Ferrari, who settled for fifth behind Tech3’s podium man Garzo and De Angelis to clinch the inaugural FIM Enel MotoE World Cup title.
Mike Di Meglio and Join Contract Pons’ former GP star Sete Gibernau, rumoured to be on his last ride in the world championship paddock, crossed the line sixth and seventh.
Sic Squadra Corse’s Mattia Casadei bagged eighth ahead of Nico Terol and Dynavolt Intact man Jesko Raffin.