Aegerter secures pole success for Assen races
For the second consecutive time, it will be Dynavolt Intact GP rider Dominique Aegerter who takes pole position in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, after being fastest in Q1 and then taking the lead in Q2.
The Friday at Assen in the Netherlands saw a variety of conditions: rain in FP1, cancellation of MotoE FP2 due to too much water on the track and bright sunshine for the big qualifying showdown in the late afternoon.
After the experienced Dominique Aegerter was in twelfth position in FP1 and had actually hoped to catch up in FP2, he unceremoniously used the extra Q1 time to gain an advantage over his competitors, who had yet to enjoy any dry track time on the legendary 4.7 km circuit.
Between the two 15-minute qualifying sessions, Aegerter's Dynavolt Intact GP crew even managed to tweak a little set-up change for the decisive laps of qualifying, so the 31-year-old went into attack mode and rolled out of the pit lane one last time.
Only 13 seconds were on the clock when the Swiss took the provisional pole position, but all efforts by Eric Granado and Matteo Ferrari to knock the 2021 runner-up Cup champion off P1 were unsuccessful and so the two-time 2022 MotoE race winner goes into the two 8-lap sprint races, which will be contested at 16:25 on Saturday and 15:30 on Sunday, as the clear favourite.
1. Eric GRANADO/ BRA – 1'51.012
2. Miquel PONS/ SPA – 1'51.388 (+0.376)
3. Matteo FERRARI/ ITA – 1'51.510 (+0.498)
4. Mattia CASADEI/ ITA – 1'51.602 (+0.590)
5. Niccolo CANEPA/ ITA – 1'52.847 (+1.835)
12. Dominique AEGERTER/ SWI – 1'54.028 (+3.016)
1. Dominique AEGERTER/ SWI – 1'44.124
2. Hector Garzo/ SPA – 1'44.247 (+0.123)
1. Dominique AEGERTER/ SWI – 1'43.643
2. Eric GRANADO/ BRA – 1'43.749 (+0.106)
3. Matteo FERRARI/ ITA – 1'44.047 (+0.404)