Dominique Aegerter extended his MotoE championship lead to 19 points after a dramatic opening race of the weekend in Misano.
The Swiss rider, who started the race in third place, was running in that same position coming onto the last lap of the race, before passing title rivals Jordi Torres and Matteo Ferrari to clinch a thrilling victory.
Ferrari exceeded track limits at the final corner of the race in trying to re-take the lead from Aegerter, and was thus handed a one-place penalty which dropped him to third place behind Torres.
That all means that Dynavolt Intact GP rider Aegerter extends his championship lead from 12 to 19 points over closest challenger Torres, while Ferrari is just two points further back with three races left to run in this year’s championship.
Earlier on, there was more drama as Lukas Tulovic crashed on the first lap, the German rider breaking the third metacarpal bone in his right hand. Doctors will decide tomorrow morning whether he can take part in this weekend’s second race.
Two laps later, there was another incident as Eric Granado – race winner at Jerez back in July – collided with Xavier Simeon, putting both riders out of the race and hurting their championship chances.
There were also accidents for both Alex de Angelis and Mike di Meglio, with both riders emerging unhurt.
All of that meant that Mattia Casadei finished fourth behind the front three of Aegerter, Torres and Ferrari; with Tommaso Marcon, Niccolo Canepa, Alejandro Medina, Josh Hook, Xavi Cardelus and Alessandro Zaccone rounding out the top ten.
Tomorrow’s second race of the weekend will take place at 10:05am local time, with the finishing positions from today’s race setting the grid for tomorrow.
That means there will be some quick riders, such as Simeon and Granado, looking to race through the field tomorrow and keep their championship chances alive.
Photo courtesy of MotoGP.