Okubo put to the test in wet and dry conditions at Misano17/09/2021
The Avant Ajo MotoE rider completes the weekend’s two Free Practice sessions for Round 6 of the FIM MotoE World Cup.
The last round of the FIM MotoE World Cup 2021 got underway on Friday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with the only two Free Practice sessions of the weekend. Hikari Okubo had his first experience with his electric bike at the track, finishing 6th on the combined timesheets. The Japanese did so after riding in both wet and dry conditions and is motivated to continue improving during the remainder of the round.
In the morning, the Avant Ajo MotoE rider enjoyed perfect weather conditions in FP1. Hikari Okubo and his team worked hard to gather as much data as possible at Misano through his nine laps, finally finishing sixth with a personal best of 1:44.392 set on his last attempt.
Free Practice 2 was held in wet conditions, due to heavy rain that fell before the start of the session. Hikari Okubo completed 11 laps, testing his feeling in the wet and adapting well. The Japanese placed ninth after stopping the clock at 1:55.268.
Tomorrow at 11:45 AM, Okubo will participate in the last E-Pole session of the season. In the afternoon he will contest the 8-lap opening race of the weekend at 4:20 PM.
Results (Combined practice times FP1-FP2)
1. Eric Granado 1:43.883
2. Jordi Torres 1:43.973 +0.090
3. Alessandro Zaccone 1:44.187 +0.304
4. Miquel Pons 1:44.233 +0.350
5. Dominique Aegerter 1:44.328 +0.445
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:44.392 +0.509
78 HIKARI OKUBO
“It wasn’t a bad day at all. In the afternoon, we rode in the wet, something that we usually do very little with these bikes, so it was a positive session for me. Finally, we finished Friday in sixth position, which is good. In FP2, we found it a bit harder, but we tried different setups and my feeling was great. I hope that tomorrow’s E-Pole will be dry, although regardless of whether it rains or not, we will give our one hundred percent both in qualifying and in Race 1.”