Dynavolt Intact GP’s Dominique Aegerter left Italy with a 29 points lead in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup after two trips to the Mugello podium at the weekend.
A win on Saturday and a second place on Sunday - after the FIM Stewards were brought in to decide the dead heat - extended the Swiss rider’s dominance in the electric class. Home hero Matteo Ferrari switched the rivals’ positions across the two days to conclude the Italian Grand Prix with a win on home turf
The opening action produced a thriller of a first race at Mugello, with Aegerter securing victory despite starting the final lap in fifth. Italians Ferrari (Felo Gresini MotoE) and Andrea Mantovani - Bradley Smith’s injury replacement at WithU GRT RNF - initially completed the podium celebrations in front of their home fans, however further drama saw Mantovani later disqualified for low tyre pressures. LCR’s Eric Granado was ultimately granted the promotion to third. Race two saw the leading positions reversed on Sunday as Ferrari claimed the spoils in front of his home support. Aegerter crossed the line at exactly the same time as Openbank Aspar’s Marc Alcoba but took second position thanks to setting the fastest lap.
A flurry of mid-race overtaking under yellow flags saw reviews by the FIM Stewards once again, altering the final standings with Alcoba dropped a further three positions. LCR’s Miquel Pons gaining the promotion to third with WithU GRT’s Niccolo Canepa and Granado also demoted a position each to sixth and eighth respectively.
Aegerter’s double podium means the 2021 runner up is now 29 points clear at the top of the World Cup standings over Granado and 30 over Ferrari. With a near-month-long break before the fourth round of the season kicks off at the Motul TT Assen on 24th June.
"It’s fantastic to win again,” Aegerter said after Saturday’s dramatic clash.
"I think I now have seven wins in a row nearly – five in Supersport, two in MotoE – so it’s amazing. But, it was not an easy one.
"We went out, two laps with a rain tyre because it was dropping a lot, then on the grid, five minutes before [race start], everybody says, ‘Okay, we go to slicks.’ Okay, we go to slicks, but we had new tyres and we didn’t know exactly how wet the track was.
“There was a big slipstream battle on the long straight, so I could attack in the last lap, I was only fifth, but I kept my line and 25 points in the pocket. I’m very happy for me, for the team, for all the Italian fans and also the Swiss fans who stayed here until the evening. It will be a small celebration tonight and keep concentration for tomorrow. I can hope we can have a six-lap dry race tomorrow and I hope we can show again, let’s say, a little bit of a crazy race to give you some heartbeat also on the television!”
"I’m really happy because this is my 11th podium, like my number, so it’s really special,” Ferrari concluded on Sunday. “Also, winning at Mugello is really incredible, in front of these fans.
“I changed the strategy from yesterday, I pushed a little bit more in the first part of the race. I was really confident with the bike and I think we took another step, so I’m really happy about that. When I saw that I had a little gap, I said, ‘Okay, continue to push,’ because today there was a lot to win. It was really, really difficult to manage the bike but I’m really happy about this podium and this first victory of this year."