Tough race for Okubo at Round 3 of FIM MotoE World Cup06/06/2021
The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes in ninth position at the Catalan Grand Prix held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Hikari Okubo and Avant Ajo MotoE completed another FIM MotoE World Cup weekend together and gained valuable experience at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Japanese rider finished in ninth position on his first visit to the track with an electric motorcycle and claimed points at the end of a tough weekend.
The race was reduced from 7 to 6 laps, due to an issue with another rider on the grid that delayed the start. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider would climb from 11th to 6th on the first corner. However, on Lap 2, Okubo lost several positions and was left at the back of the group, finally finishing the third contest of the 2021 season in ninth place.
Okubo occupies 11th position in the FIM MotoE World Cup standings with 16 points. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider will be back at the Dutch GP, from June 25-27th.
Results – Race
1. Miquel Pons 11:15.075
2. Dominique Aegerter +0.531
3. Jordi Torres +0.577
4. Alessandro Zaccone +1.121
5. Yonny Hernandez +1.151
9. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +3.214
MotoE World Cup Standing 2021
1. Alessandro Zaccone 54 points
2. Dominique Aegerter 53 points
3. Jordi Torres 43 points
4. Miquel Pons 36 points
5. Mattia Casadei 33 points
11. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 16 points
78 HIKARI OKUBO
“At the beginning I had an issue, as I had no power on the opening laps. This made it very tough to overtake the rest of the riders. I think I could have run a similar pace to the group at the front, but today we didn’t have a chance to show that. We have to keep working to understand what happened and solve it for the coming races.”