2021/03/05 - FIM MotoE™ World Cup: Strong first test

Strong pre-season opening

Dominique Aegerter completed the first official test for this year’s FIM MotoE™ World Cup in second place overall. He thus confirmed very impressively his intentions to make it up for the title win this year.

From the point of view of 30-year-old Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter, the first shakedown of the year went fully according to plan. In stable weather with good conditions, the allrounder from Rohrbach and his German Dynavolt Intact GP team consistently were amongst the fierce end of the hard-fought competition in the recently introduced electric bike racing series at any time. After setting the fastest lap time of the day on Tuesday and being fastest in the very last session, Aegerter eventually ended up second in the combined timesheet.

However, that should not have been the only downer of the otherwise enjoyable stay from Tuesday to Thursday at the Circuito de Jerez. Aegerter is nevertheless confident about going into the 2021 MotoE™ World Cup, which sees the opening race early in May. After this positive pre-season start, Aegerter will also spend the next few weeks in Spain and continue his training schedule in best conditions there.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Energica), P2 - 1´47.583 (58 Laps total):

"I am incredibly happy with our performance in general during this test. So, the start to the new MotoE season could not have been much better. My crew did a great job and that was why it was possible to be in the top three always. A big thanks goes therefore to Gero and Joan for their efforts. Unfortunately, it was not quite enough to set fastest lap time overall in the end. To finish the test in second place, i.e., to be the first loser, annoys me a little. But we were extraordinarily strong from the start and consistently fast in every session. That puts me in a positive mood. But the competition is incredibly close."

"Unfortunately, on the last day the schedule got a bit mixed up. Due to technical problems, the second session had to be cancelled. I would also have liked to run the race simulation in the afternoon. But for safety reasons, this was dispensed with. Nevertheless, I would say that we were already in a great position if it would go into the first race now. Michelin has brought new tyres on Thursday morning. With them, our lap times were a bit faster than a year ago. The feeling with this option is particularly good either. Instead of the planned test race, the last session was again a normal practice session. During these 30 minutes we tried out a few more little things and in doing so we got good results."

"We were fastest out on track almost in each lap and ended up in P1 with a big gap over the second-fastest rider which was a confirmation of that. But now I am already looking forward to the second test with the MotoE bike in April. I am also curious to see whether there will be anything new to try out by then. It would be nice if we could race longer distances. But before that, I would like to thank everyone involved for allowing us to ride here despite the difficult times. Given the current circumstances, that cannot be taken for granted. So, thank you to the whole team, all the sponsors, as well as to Dorna and Energica for their efforts to make these events as safe as possible. I think it's really great that we get to do our job."

MotoE™ Jerez Test - Combined Timesheet after three days:
1 Eric GRANADO / BRA / One Energy Racing / Energica / 1´47.553
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / 1´47.583 +0.030
3 Matteo FERRARI / ITA / Team Gresini MotoE / Energice / 1´48.200 +0.647

Provisional MotoE™ World Cup Calendar 2021:
2. Mai - GP Spanien, Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto
16. Mai - GP Frankreich, Bugatti Circuit Le Mans
6. Juni - GP Katalonien, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
27. Juni - TT Assen, TT Circuit
15. August - GP Österreich, Red Bull Ring
19. September - GP San Marino, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli