Chaotic MotoE-Super-Sprint ends for Dominique Aegerter in 2nd position
Start preparation - cancellation - start preparation - cancellation - start -
3-lap super-sprint - cancellation again. It was a chaotic second race that the MotoE class held today, Sunday, at the Dutch GP. In the end, Dynavolt Intact GP rider Dominique Aegerter finished in second place with half the points.
On this race Sunday, the drama off the track caused more of a stir than that on the track, after incipient rain delayed the start procedure more than once. The first cancellation resulted in the riders being granted a sighting lap and the race distance being shortened to seven laps. Following that sighting lap, there was a further delay to the start and shortening of the race distance as rain began to fall more intensely in some parts of the track. However, there was still uncertainty in the third start preparation phase as to whether the slick tyres were the best choice, as it was not certain whether the rain could become widespread.
When the now reduced 6-lap race was started, nobody suspected that the riders did not have much time left to position themselves in the best possible way. Depending on their personal tactics, this could end well or not so much...
After the start, Dominique Aegerter entered the first corner in second place behind Mattia Casadei, but several rivals put pressure on the Cup leader from behind. Eric Granado in particular seemed to be on a mission. Not surprisingly, after all, he had to do everything he could to prevent the 31-year-old Swiss from slipping further away from him in the championship, especially as rain flags again warned of wet track sections as early as lap two.
At the end of lap three, the Brazilian finally pulled into the lead, while Aegerter moved back into second position with another first-class move, unaware that moments later the race would be stopped again and not restarted due to an incident between Miquel Pons and Marc Alcoba.
Race direction decided to award the point finishers with half the usual points with the standing from lap three, meaning Dominique Aegerter heads into the summer break as second place behind Eric Granado and ahead of Mattia Casadei with a further 10 points and a total of 31.5 points advantage in the Cup standings.
The next MotoE battle awaits at the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring from 19th - 21st of August 2022.
1. Eric GRANADO/ BRA
2. Dominique AEGERTER/ SWI (+0.270)
3. Mattia CASADEI/ ITA (+0.556)
MotoE World Cup
1. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 158
2. GRANADO Eric / BRA / 126.5
3. FERRARI Matteo / ITA / 112.5
4. CASADEI Mattia/ ITA/ 98
5. PONS Miquel / SPA / 79
6. CANEPA Niccolo/ ITA / 70.5
7. GARZO Hector / SPA / 59
8. OKUBO Hikari / JPN / 57.5
9. ZANNONI Kevin/ ITA/ 48.5
10. ESCRIG Alex/ SPA/ 39