Lucas Mahias to replace injured Niki Tuuli in Valencia13/11/2019
The French rider joins the Ajo MotoE Team to compete at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in the two season-concluding races this weekend.
The Ajo MotoE Team will line up with Lucas Mahias on the grid for the final round of the 2019 FIM MotoE World Cup. The French rider will replace Niki Tuuli, who is still recovering from the left wrist and left femur injuries he sustained at the San Marino round in September.
Frenchman Mahias is currently a Supersport World Championship rider, having won the title in that class in 2017 and having racked up seven victories since his debut in the category in 2014. The 30-year-old is a vastly experienced and successful competitor, having also won the FIM Endurance World Championship title in 2016. In addition, Lucas participated in six Grands Prix in the Moto2 World Championship, three of those races having taken place at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, where he will make his Ajo MotoE Team debut this week.
The first ever FIM MotoE World Cup season concludes with a double round at Valencia this weekend. The fifth MotoE’s contest of the year will start at 4:15 pm on Saturday and then the sixth and final race gets underway on Sunday at 10:05 am – both will be contested over 7 laps.
Circuit information – Ricardo Tormo Circuit
Length: 4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Width: 12 m / 39.37 ft.
Left hand corners: 9
Right hand corners: 5
Longest straight: 876 m / 0.544 miles
44 LUCAS MAHIAS
“It’s difficult to set a specific goal for this weekend, as I don’t know the bike or the championship and it’s hard to know what my potential will be. I will have had a maximum of 20 laps with an electric bike in practice, but that’s riding alone, so I can’t compare myself to the other rivals who have more experience than me. But as a rider, when you start a race you want to win, so my goal is to be at the front. I like the Valencia circuit and I’ve raced there before. I think it could be good for MotoE, as it’s not a very long track, similar to Sachsenring.”