Granado denies Torres by less than a tenth for third E-Pole of 2021

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It’s three E-Poles from three at the beginning of 2021 for Eric Granado after the Brazilian produced a sterling 1:50.446 to beat reigning World Cup winner Jordi Torres by less than a tenth on Saturday afternoon in Barcelona.

Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) completes the MotoE World Cup front row at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

After the first few laps, 2019 World Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini MotoE) set a 1:51.187 to set title chase leader Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE) a time to beat, and that’s exactly what the latter Italian did.

Zaccone was the first rider into the 1:50s in E-Pole – a 1:50.813 – as nine riders waited their turn in the one-lap dash for glory in Barcelona.

Mattia Casadei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse) slotted his Energica Ego Corsa into P2, 0.264s off Zaccone’s time, before  Aegerter set his best lap of the weekend to go provisional pole position by 0.094s.

Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) was the next rider to set a lap time and the Spaniard missed out on beating Aegerter by a whisker, the rookie going second by just 0.007s.

Torres soon rose to the fore though, setting a 1:50.517 to go P1 by over two tenths. It was then Lukas Tulovic’s (Tech 3 E-Racing) turn to power his way around the lap and in Sector 1, the German was 0.408s under Torres’ time.

However, Tulovic failed to hold his advantage to the line and slotted into P4, with just Granado and Fermin Aldeguer (Openbank Aspar Team) left to go...

Granado’s first split was a stunner – 0.337s under Torres, and it was pretty much the same through Sector 2. Granado was two tenths up through the third split and sure enough, the Le Mans winner crossed the line and took provisional pole by 0.071s. Next up: Free Practice pacesetter Aldeguer. Could the rookie do it?

The first half of the lap didn’t quite hook up, and the 16-year-old was 0.404s down on Granado’s time. That became half a second at the third split and ultimately, Aldeguer took the chequered flag in P7, half a second down on Granado. The Brazilian had done it again and taken E-Pole in Barcelona.

Behind the leading trio of Granado, Torres and Aegerter sits Pons at the head of Row 2, with Tulovic and Zaccone ready to pounce from P5 and P6 respectively. Aldeguer leads Row 3 from Casadei and Ferrari, with Cardelus completing a top 10 covered by 0.952. It will surely be another stunner on Sunday...

Tune into the MotoE race from Barcelona at 16:00 local time (GMT+2).

MotoE front row:

1 Eric Granado - One Energy Racing - Energica - 1:50.446    
2 Jordi Torres 
- Pons Racing 40 - Energica - +0.071

3 Dominique Aegerter - Dynavolt Intact GP - Energica - +0.273