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Garzo tops MotoE qualifying simulation in Valencia test

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Garzo tops MotoE qualifying simulation in Valencia test
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Jun 18, 2019, 11:25 AM

Tech 3 rider Hector Garzo topped MotoE's qualifying simulation in Valencia, the last test before the championship's maiden race at the Sachsenring.

The championship adopted a superpole format for qualifying, with each rider getting just once chance to set their top times.

In the simulation, Garzo was the last man to enter the track and the Spaniard, who has four Moto2 races under his belt from the last two years, set a time of 1m40.594s.

He beat Eric Granado (Avintia) by just 0.025s, the Brazilian rider setting his time right before Garzo.

The duo dominated the trial with Niki Tuuli (Ajo) ending up nearly eight tenths slower.

Aprilia MotoGP test Bradley Smith, who is the SIC team's sole rider in MotoE, and last year's Avintia Ducati rider Xavier Simeon completed the top five.

The field's only female rider Maria Herrera (Angel Nieto) was seventh, narrowly outpaced by her teammate, 2011 125cc champion Nicolas Terol.

Former MotoGP star Sete Gibernau (Pons) was 12th, the 46-year-old 1.805s off the pace.

Garzo's pole time was two seconds slower than Jorge Martin's Moto3 pole position at the Valencia circuit two years ago, the last qualifying in dry conditions.

MotoE will hold a race simulation on Wednesday ahead of the season opener at the Sachsenring in July.

The Valencia test marked the first time the bikes had hit the track since the fire that destroyed the series' entire fleet of Energica Ego machines at Jerez in March.

It began on Monday with two open test sessions, in which Garzo also set the fastest time, a 1m41.743s, followed by Granado and Tuuli.

 

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Series MotoE
Drivers Hector Garzo
Teams Tech 3
Author David Gruz