Ferrari wins the Cup as Granado vs Smith thrills to the last

2019-11-18 02:45
The inaugural FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup winner is decided after a duel to remember

After an incredible first season in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, we have our inaugural Cup winner: Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE). After taking P5 in Race 2 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, the Italian lifted the crown with an 11-point advantage over Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing), bringing an impressive season to a close with two wins out of six. In the race on the day, Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) came out on top after a duel with the very same Smith, with Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing) completing the podium.

Smith took the holeshot from the front row once again, and again shot off into the distance as he put the hammer down to immediately pull away from the chasing pack. Ferrari was sitting P3 after the opening lap, with Granado in second and Garzo then making his way up to P3 past Ferrari and Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE).

By three laps to go, the Brazilian had caught the Brit and Smith and Granado were locked together, the pairing nearly four seconds clear of Garzo in third. Smith was doing all he could to try and claim the MotoE™ title, but Ferrari was also doing enough – the Italian sitting P5, more than enough to ensure the title went his way.

Without a win this season, however, Smith was determined as ever to grab 25-points. Heading onto the last lap it was Smith vs Granado this time around and down the back straight, the Brazilian was clinging onto Smith’s coattails. He made a move stick at Turn 8 but the number 38 then immediately bit back at Turn 11, making a daring pass up the inside. On the exit though, Granado bullied his way back to P1. Last corner time, was Smith going to try snatch victory? Of course. The One Energy Racing man lunged underneath Granado but he was wide, allowing the Avintia Esponsorama rider to get the switchback. And across the line Granado went, making it two wins this year and moving himself up to third overall.

Smith was forced to settle for second in the race and second overall, with Garzo finishing the season in fourth following his penalty in Race 1 and a tougher Race 2. De Angelis took fourth, just about able to escape the clutches of Ferrari. The Italian's solid ride under pressure and his now-trademark consistency makes him the Cup winner, although he did dice with the Sammarinese rider early on.

Mike Di Meglio (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was sixth won an almighty spectacular of a duel with the legendary Sete Gibernau (Join Contract Pons 40), with the two exchanging a pass every corner for a good while, with Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse), Nico Terol (OpenBank Angel Nieto Team) and Jesko Raffin (Dynavolt Intact GP) completing the top ten.

Xavier Simeon (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) crashed out from the mid top ten, Josh Hook (Octo Pramac MotoE) going with him, and Niccolo Canepa (LCR E-Team) was another faller.

That's it from a spectacular rollercoaster of a first season for MotoE™. Tune in for more in 2020 as Ferrari aims to defend the crown and new venues - such as the TT Circuit Assen - lie in wait.

Eric Granado: "I have no words to describe the feeling I have now, I'm very happy. After a difficult season we did a perfect job here, we won two races from pole, fighting with a former MotoGP rider to the last corner is amazing. I'm very happy. I want to thank my team, sponsors, my family, everyone who supports me in Brazil and around the world. The level here is very high and I'm very happy to take the win."

Race Results
1 - Eric Granado (BRA)
2 - Bradley Smith (GBR) +0.706
3 - Hector Garzo (SPA) +4.124

Podium L-R: Smith, Granado and Garzo

Granado completes the double

Smith chased by Granado

Cup winner Ferrari on his way to the top

Gibernau (L) signed off with a scrap
Matteo Ferrari: history maker

From Cesena, Ferrari’s first key racing successes came in the RS125GP Trophy in the CIV – Campionato Italiano Velocita – as he won that in 2011, narrowly defeating Federico Caricasulo. From there he moved into the Moto3™ class in the CIV for 2012, winning the season opener and ending the season second overall. The MotoGP™ paddock therefore beckoned next, with Ferrari contesting the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Moto3™ seasons with San Carlo Team Italia and a points scorer each year.

2016 saw Ferrari move onto bigger machinery as he took on the Superbike class in the CIV, and he finished the season an impressive third overall, also having become a race winner in his first season. In 2017 he was again a podium finisher and ended the season in fourth, before 2018 saw a step forward as he made eight visits to the rostrum, two of which were wins, and was runner up to great friend Michele Pirro. Ferrari has also made appearances in the FIM STK1000 Cup on home turf at Imola and Misano, taking good hauls of points in every appearance – and even a win last season at Imola.

2019 saw Ferrari take on two new challenges – the FIM CEV Repsol Moto2™ European Championship, as a regular top ten contender – and the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup.

The Italian’s MotoE™ season began with some solid performances in testing that prefaced a top five finish first time out at the Sachsenring. Austria was another top five as what would become his trademark consistency started to become apparent, but Misano saw the Italian hit top gear. E-Pole saw him take his first front row start for a pivotal, double-header weekend, and the number 11 proved unbeatable once the lights went out. He won both races and took the points lead in the Cup into the season finale, arriving 19 ahead of then-closest challenger Hector Garzo (Tech 3 E-Racing).

The first race in Valencia saw Ferrari walk the line between risk and reward to perfection, crossing the line in fourth, but there was drama to come. Key rival Garzo was later disqualified, boosting Ferrari up to third and increasing his lead. The last race of the season saw the Italian line up with a 20-point advantage over Bradley Smith, and his solid ride to P5 was enough to secure him the crown, no risks necessary.

The 2019 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup winner is Matteo Ferrari – and he’ll race to defend the crown in 2020!

Matteo Ferrari: "It's an incredible sensation as the first winner of this category. I want to dedicate it to my dad, who passed away four years ago, and I want to dedicate it to him. And to my mum, who continues to believe in me every day, and to my team, all the people who make this possible. Thank you very much, really, thank you."

Source: Dorna Sports

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