Okubo prepared for start of 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup13/04/2022
The Avant Ajo MotoE rider concludes the last test of pre-season with three productive days of work at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit.
Avant Ajo MotoE and Hikari Okubo concluded the three-day official test at Jerez on Wednesday, rounding off pre-season for the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup. It was a continuation of the strong form that he had shown at the same track in March. Despite rain reducing track time on Tuesday, Okubo completed a total of 41 laps and he was seventh on the three-day combined timesheets and fourth in the race simulation held today.
After setting the fifth fastest time on the opening day and third in the qualifying simulation, Okubo was in high spirits on Tuesday. However, rain at Jerez throughout the day meant that the Japanese rider could only make the most of the afternoon session. In it he managed to put in five laps, achieving the fifth best time of the day: 2:00.506.
On Wednesday, the weather gave a respite to the riders, who were able to test in dry conditions. Okubo continued to work with his team to find a good base setup for his MotoE bike, eventually placing ninth on the combined timesheets from the two sessions, stopping the clock at 1:50.520 and completing 8 laps. In the afternoon, he took part in a race simulation and he finished fourth.
Okubo will compete in the first round of the MotoE season, held alongside the Spanish Grand Prix, from April 29th to May 1st.
Combined Standings – DAY 1, 2 & 3
1. Hector Garzo 1:48.458
2. Dominique Aergerter 1:48.480 +0.022
3. Matteo Ferrari 1:48.505 +0.047
4. Eric Granado 1:48.666 +0.208
5. Miquel Pons 1:48.712 +0.254
7. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:49.076 +0.618
Results (MotoE Race Simulation)
1. Dominique Aergerter 16:26.261
2. Hector Garzo +1.601
3. Mattia Casadei +6.702
4. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +6.851
5. Kevin Zannoni +14.897
78 HIKARI OKUBO
“The second pre-season test was not easy for us, because we had to deal with strange weather conditions. On Tuesday, the track was wet almost all day, however we were able to ride some laps at the end of the day. On Wednesday, the weather conditions have been better and in generally it was a great day for us, because we have clocked our personal best time. The contest simulation also went well, I felt good, and we showed a great and constant race pace. Now it’s time to keep training and getting ready for the first round of the season in two weeks in Jerez.”