The first world Cup race of electric motorcycles FIM MotoE World Cup 2020, held recently at the Spanish track of Jerez, ended with a convincing victory Eric Granado, to win the Brazilian helped racing Slick motorcycle tires Michelin MotoE new generation.
In the first race of the season the pilot of the team Avintia Racing Esponsorama was able to fully demonstrate the potential of the new tyres. After successful Saturday’s qualifying Granado started from pole position, but before the first turn was bypassed by the German Lucas Talovic (Tech 3 E-Racing). Pretty quickly, the Brazilian regained the lead and won the race with a lead of over three seconds.
The fight for the remaining places on the podium in the heat turned out to be spectacular: a few pilots fought fiercely with each other, helped by the excellent grip of tyre with road. The second finished last year’s WRC champion Italian Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE), ahead of Swiss racer Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP).
“It was a great weekend and we worked on the bike setting. New front tyre felt different, and at the beginning of the weekend I struggled trying to understand these feelings. But then, as always, if something changes, you need to adjust the bike to maximize its potential, says Eric Granado. – I now feel the tires and can carry load on the front of the motorcycle. Ahead of Tulowice, I could load the front wheel and felt all the motorcycle. It seemed to me that the bike and tires behaved perfectly, and everything was fine. Now you can relax and think about next week and try to keep a good pace.”
According to the company Michelin, which is the official monopoly supplier of rubber in the MotoE series, with the creation of Michelin Slick MotoE used the new rubber compound and the design of the rear tire was changed with the introduction of biological and renewable materials that are both more efficient and environmentally friendly.
“Series MotoE gave us another exciting race, and Eric Granado demonstrated how to attack using the new tyres, especially the front. The latest generation of tyres MotoE this weekend was very good, – said the Manager of Motorsport division Michelin Piero Trapasso. We provided tires that are created with the use of environmentally friendly materials and new rubber compounds. In addition, the back of the used tires of a new design. They showed impressive results, especially in the afternoon when the track was very hot. MotoE is an important competition for the Michelin and a great opportunity to equip all motorcycles with Michelin tires. Now we are planning to evaluate the collected information before the next stage of the world Cup and look forward to new exciting races of the season.”