Courtesy of LCR MotoE Team
LCR E-Team rider Randy De Puniet just missed out on a top-10 finish, while there was disappointment for team-mate Niccolò Canepa in the final race of the inaugural FIM MotoE World Cup in Valencia.
Having finished 13th in Saturday’s opening race, De Puniet improved again on Sunday and looked poised for his first top-10 of the season as he started the final lap in ninth position. However, he lost two places before taking the chequered flag, meaning he had to settle for 11th place – equalling his best result of the campaign.
Canepa was looking to build on his seventh place finish yesterday, but saw those hopes end early after a nasty highside crash on the opening lap. That meant he lost the chance to improve his final standing in the riders’ championship and ended the season in ninth overall. Niccolò Canepa – DNF “I’m really sorry as I wanted to end the championship in a better way, but I had quite a big highside on the first lap when I was fighting hard. I had a good start and I was feeling good, so I’m sorry that I couldn’t finish in a good place in the championship because I think I lost something here. I’m sorry for the team, but the most important thing is that it wasn’t too serious, I’m not injured so I’ll be ready for next season and I can’t wait to start again”. Randy De Puniet – 11th
|“The race went ok. There was a huge crash at the first corner, but fortunately I managed to avoid it. I was ninth until the last lap and then two riders overtook me on the straight, so in the end it wasn’t bad. The problem was that my qualification was really bad, so it was difficult for me to fight for better positions. But it’s much better to finish like this than the previous races. So I want to thank Lucio, LCR and the guys that worked with me this year, even if it wasn’t quite as we expected. They always stayed focused, I gave my best and I wish them good luck for next season.”|