2021/09/18 - FIM MotoE™ World Cup: GP San Marino / Saturday Report

Second place and in the thick of the title race

On Saturday afternoon, Dominique Aegerter missed out on a possible win in the second last race of the season at Misano only in the last corner before the finish and was thus deprived of five important and possibly decisive points for the overall standings.

After rainy weather on the previous day, the situation has improved for day two of practice at the Gran Premio di San Marino. Regardless of this, due to delays in the schedule this morning, the race direction changed the qualifying format at short notice to a 15-minute timed practice instead of E-Pole, so that the starting times of the other sessions in the afternoon would not be jeopardized.

With fifth place on the starting grid, Dominique Aegerter has realized his intention as far as the starting position for the race is concerned. In the race itself, the 30-year-old rider from the canton of Bern got away well from the line and from then on, he snatched up his rivals one after the other. Already on the second lap, the bright yellow "77" was heading the fierce competition. Aegerter was able to hold on to the lead for a long time until the Brazilian Eric Granado got a little too eager on the last lap.

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Energica), P2 +0.160:

"It was an incredible race. I pushed as hard as I could from the start because I also knew that I only had seven laps to get to the front. I was able to close every gap to the guys in front of me very quickly and also overtake them immediately every time. It was practically lightning fast to dash right to the front. I was in the lead for most of the laps and my crew always kept me well informed about the board. I saw that three or four riders were right behind me, so I was prepared for the last lap and closed the door in every corner. I honestly did not expect the attack in the last corner. It was only at the last moment that I realized Granado was trying it after all, even though I was already on the inside."

"I think it was a pretty risky manoeuvre what he did there. Luckily, I did not fall, and I hope he did not hurt himself when he fell. Unfortunately, it cost me the win today. But with second place I got important points and improved in the standings by two positions. Tomorrow is the last race and so far, we have a great weekend. My team is doing a great job and is making incredible effort in all aspects. They gave me a bike today with which I could ride very fast and very consistent times. It was a great fight. So now, I 'm looking forward to tomorrow and I will give it my all again to bring the passionate fans here in Misano out of their seats with another exciting race. Finally, my thanks to the whole team and all the sponsors for their support. The prospects before the last race have changed a bit, but I have not given up hope of winning the title after all."

#SanMarinoGP - MotoE™ Qualifying:
1 Jordi TORRES / SPA / HP Pons 40 / Energica / 1´43.265
2 Eric GRANADO / BRA / One Energy Racing / Energica / 1´43.494 +0.229
3 Alessandro ZACCONE / ITA / Octo Pramac MotoE / Energica / 1´43.585 +0.320
5 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / 1´43.706 +0.441

#SanMarinoGP - MotoE™ Race Classification (7 Laps):
1 Jordi TORRES / SPA / HP Pons 40 / Energica / 
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / +0.160
3 Mattia CASADEI / ITA / Ongetta SIC59 Squadracorse / Energica / +0.405

MotoE™ Standing:
1 Jordi TORRES / SPA / 97
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / 89
3 Alessandro ZACCONE / ITA / 80