Energica is ready to tackle today 7th of March 2022 the first of two official tests for the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.
The test is organized at the ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in southern Spain. Three days and nine practice sessions await this year’s competitors, who will be able to get to grips with the Energica Ego Corsa machines around the iconic Andalusian track, which also hosts the traditional season opener (29 April – 1 May).
This year’s MotoE field is as competitive as ever, with last season’s protagonists squaring off against returning riders as well as some high calibre rookies. Two-time reigning and defending MotoE World Cup champion Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) is eager to defend his crown once more, following the dramatic 2021 season finale which saw him lifting the ultimate prize after a fierce battle against Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt IntactGP MotoE). Torres will team up this year with MotoE podium finisher Mattia Casadei, who joins the team led by Sito Pons after three years spent with team Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse (who instead hired Kevin Zannoni).
2019 title winner Matteo Ferrari will once again take to the track with Gresini Racing, while multiple race winner Eric Granado joins the LCR E-Team and Miquél Pons, with the latter looking forward to making good use of the experience gathered last year. After showing flashes of great speed in 2021, Japan’s Hikari Okubo returns to MotoE with the same Avant Ajo MotoE team he raced with last year. Xavi Cardelus is also back in action, once again with team Avintia Esponsorama Racing.
Speaking of welcome returns, three former protagonists are coming back to the fold after some time away from the series: Bradley Smith and Niccolò Canepa team up with WithU GRT RNF MotoE, while Hector Garzó re-joins Tech 3 E-Racing.
This season will also see new faces getting in the mix, including former MotoGP and WorldSBK rider Javier ‘Xavi’ Forés and former World Supersport rider Kevin Manfredi, both racing with the Octo Pramac MotoE Team.
The opening free practice session will get underway today at 9:30 local time (GMT +1).
Source: Energica Motor Company
Picture courtesy of Jesus Robledo
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