MotoE: Niki Tuuli wins first electric motorbike race


Niki Tuuli from Finland has won the first race of the new MotoE World Cup at the Sachsenring in Germany. Tuuli won just ahead of Bradley Smith and Mike di Meglio. The next MotoE race will take place on August 11th in Spielberg, Austria.

Right from the start, an exciting fight developed for the lead. Tuuli started with a superior lap to win pole position, but didn’t get an ideal start on the track that was still slightly wet from the previous night’s rain. The driver from the Finnish Ajo team then had to work his way back past the Briton Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing), the Frenchman Mike di Meglio (Marc VDS) and the Spaniard Hector Garzo (Tech 3).

Energica‘s standard motorcycles and Michelin’s tyres were used for the MotoE – for this reason, no rider was able to stand out decisively. At times, the leading group consisted of eight riders. The premiere had to be stopped after six laps after a crash by Lorenzo Savadori when his bike crashed into track boundary. The bike could not be retrieved quickly and was so damaged after impact it had to be replaced for safety reasons.

The next MotoE race will take place as part of the MotoGP race in Austria on 11 August. The other races at Misano (September) and Valencia (November) will each feature two MotoE races.


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