Di Meglio powers to brilliant, historic MotoE podium
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Mike di Meglio battles to a superb third place in the shortened first round of the MotoE World Cup at the Sachsenring.
- Starting the first MotoE World Cup race in history from fourth on the grid, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS’ Mike Di Meglio made an excellent start to finish the first lap in second position.
- The 2008 125cc World Champion was involved in an all-action four-rider fight for the victory with Niki Tuuli, Bradley Smith and Hector Garzo in the seven-lap race.
- Having conserved his rear tyre in the opening laps, Di Meglio had just passed Smith for second on lap six when the race was stopped due to a crash for Lorenzo Savadori.
- Results were decided on the leaderboard after lap five, demoting the Frenchman to third.
Mike Di Meglio, 3rd
“It was as I planned, I am really happy with this podium”
“It was as I planned. I wanted to do a really good first lap and I ended it in second position. I got a good start and braked very late into the first turn but I saw a lot of riders on my inside. I said, ‘Mike, keep your speed!’ After that I was fighting with Niki and Bradley while trying to manage the rear tyre because it would help me at the end of the race. The tyre was sliding a lot but I think it was because of this cold temperature. I planned to pass Bradley because I saw he was quite a bit quicker. Then when I did that I saw the red flag. But sometimes racing is like that. It was quite good, I am really happy with this historic podium.”
Joan Olive, Team Manager
“All weekend Mike showed good potential and very good rhythm”
“We are very happy to start the new MotoE category with a podium. All weekend Mike showed good potential and very good rhythm. Unfortunately the race was stopped early but I think Mike did a good job with the tyres, saving them for the end. Anyway it’s a good result. We don’t have so many races in this series so it’s good to stay on the podium.”