Di Meglio powers to sensational home podium in Le Mans
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Mike di Meglio produced a stunning victory challenge in a dramatic and tense FIM Enel MotoE World Cup opener at the iconic Le Mans circuit in France today.
- Di Meglio made an excellent start to the day two action when he qualified on the front row of the grid in an E-Pole session run in sunny but extremely cold conditions this morning.
- Starting third for the seven-lap clash, di Meglio was hoping to capitalise on a strong start when the race was red flagged after an early crash at turn three for Mattia Casadei.
- The race was reduced to five laps and di Meglio once again thrust himself immediately into the podium battle as he led the pursuit of a fast starting Spaniard Jordi Torres following a second lap overtake on Niki Tuuli to seize second.
- The Frenchman was clearly the fastest rider on track in the closing stages and a lap of 1:43.755 on the last lap was his best of the race and at the chequered flag he was only 0.116s behind Torres to secure his first podium since his brilliant win at the Red Bull Ring in Austria last August.
- Today’s result means Di Meglio climbs to fifth in the championship standings on 55 points and he will start tomorrow’s season finale from second position on the grid.
/// MIKE DI MEGLIO: 2nd, +0.116s
“Second place is fantastic and I want to thank the team”
“I am very happy to be back on the podium in MotoE and in particular here in my home race. I was much more aggressive from the beginning in the second start and I was relieved not to be caught in the incident at turn three because I could hear the crash behind me. Ferrari also crashed in front of me and unfortunately I hit him and I hope he is fine. That meant I lost contact with Torres in the early stages but once I got past Tuuli I felt really strong. My pace was very strong on the last lap and I just kept trying to put pressure on Torres to see if he made a mistake. I was also careful not to push over the limit because a crash means I’d have to start tomorrow from the back of the grid. Second place is fantastic, and I want to say thanks to the team for all their hard work and support this year. Hopefully we can back on the podium tomorrow to finish the 2020 season in the best possible way.”