Avant Ajo MotoE complete productive preseason in Jerez14/04/2021
Hikari Okubo took part in three days of official test action this week, ahead of the 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup season.
Preseason for the FIM MotoE World Cup came to an end after three days of official testing at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto this week. Avant Ajo MotoE and Hikari Okubo leave the Spanish track having completed a total of 63 laps, with a solid performance in the race simulation held on Tuesday. The Japanese rider managed to lower his lap times day after day, finally setting his quickest lap on Wednesday to place 10th overall.
On Tuesday, Okubo had the opportunity to participate in an eight-lap race simulation, in which he finished eighth. He had started from the fourth row in the trial run involving the rest of the MotoE competitors.
In the afternoon, the Avant Ajo MotoE rider enjoyed a productive 30-minute session, placing 14th with a time of 1:49.279 from 7 laps.
The last day of the official test began well for Okubo, who set his best time of the week with a 1:48.242, on his fifth lap of eight. He was eighth in the session. Focusing on setup over his nine laps In the afternoon, he concluded the session in seventh place with a time of 1:48.728.
The last official test concluded with a 30-minute practice, in which the Japanese rider was seventh thanks to a 1:48.498 on his fifth attempt, rounding off a successful week for him and his team.
The 2021 FIM MotoE World Cup season begins at the Circuito de Jerez-Circuit Ángel Nieto, from April 30th to May 2nd.
COMBINED STANDINGS – DAY 1, 2 & 3
1. Eric Granado 1:47.065
2. Dominique Aegerter 1:47.106
3. Xavier Cardelus 1:47.592
4. Alessandro Zaccone 1:47.667
5. Fermin Aldeguer 1:47.760
10. Hikari Okubo 1:48.242
#78 Hikari Okubo
“I’m very happy with our feeling. This morning I set my best lap of the test and it is a pretty good pace. However, after midday the wind picked up, hindering our work for the rest of the day. Even so, in the second and third sessions we continued working on our setup. I’m very satisfied with how the test went and I can’t wait for the first round of the season.”