Aegerter ends photo-finish thriller as happy second
The sixth MotoE race of the season also left nothing to be desired in terms of action and suspense, as the decision for the second and third position could not even be delivered by the final photo finish. To Dominique Aegerter's advantage, after a tie with Marc Alcoba, the faster last race lap decided the podium order.
The start of the six-lap sprint race was unusually quiet, but it was only the calm before the storm, as we now know in retrospect. As in Race 1, Dominique Aegerter was unable to hold on to the lead from pole through the first chicanes, but in second position the Swiss found himself in the middle of the wild hustle and bustle, in which Mattia Casadei's crash brought out yellow flags.
The 31-year-old lost time because, contrary to some of his rivals, he did not try to overtake under yellow flags. Somewhat caught off guard, he then found himself in a direct battle with his title challenger Eric Granado. While the two of them fought for sixth position, the leading group tried to break away without success. The experienced Swiss knew that he had to position himself better for the last decisive lap and, in the slipstream on the almost 1.2 km long straight, pulled himself back up to the sensational second place, which he then had to defend all the way to the line. It was a battle on the last groove, in which Niccolo Canepa once again put on a lot of pressure from behind.
As before, the Dynavolt Intact GP rider's air became thin on the long straight, but then he crossed the finish line behind race winner Metto Ferrari with the exact same gap of 0.529s as Marc Alcoba. Not even the photo finish brought clarity, so the race direction decided to use the time of the last race lap as the basis for the decision. This finally saw Dominique Aegerter, thanks to his 1'59.068 in the final lap, as the happy second.
Aegerter, who is by now used to success, thus not only collects a great second place and another 20 valuable Cup points but also continues his podium run this year. With a 28-point lead, the team now heads into a well-deserved four-week MotoE break before the "Cathedral of Speed" in Assen, Netherlands, hosts the seventh and eighth races of this year's FIM Enel Moto season from 24th - 26th of June.
1. Matteo FERRARI/ ITA
2. Dominique AEGERTER/ SWI (+0.529)
3. Marc ALCOBA/ SPA (+0.529)
MotoE World Cup
1. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 123
2. GRANADO Eric / BRA / 95
3. FERRARI Matteo / ITA / 93
4. CASADEI Mattia/ ITA/ 74
5. PONS Miquel / SPA / 66
6. CANEPA Niccolo/ ITA / 57
7. OKUBO Hikari / JPN / 52
8. GARZO Hector / SPA / 45
9. ALCOBA Marc/ SPA/ 41
10. ZANNONI Kevin/ ITA/ 36