Good work by Okubo in second race of the weekend at Le Mans

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider concludes a fantastic Round 2 with a sixth position, building on the podium he achieved on Saturday.

 

The legendary Le Mans circuit hosted the second race of the weekend for the FIM MotoE World Cup on Sunday. Hikari Okubo once again showed that he is in good form, fighting for the podium and finally achieving a solid sixth position. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider concluded Round 2 of the 2022 season having achieved his first podium in the electric series on Saturday, and further points in Race 2.

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider made a good start from the second row of the grid, placing third at the first corner. The high temperatures at the French circuit meant that Okubo had to push hard from the get-go, but shortly afterwards he was overtaken by a rival, and later would be caught by other riders. Okubo finally crossed the finish line in sixth, taking important points and continuing his progression this season.

The third round of the FIM MotoE World Cup will be held alongside the Italian Grand Prix, from May 27-29th.

Results – Race 2

1. Dominique Aegerter 13:56.252
2. Mattia Casadei +0.567
3. Niccolo Canepa +1.688
4. Kevin Zannoni +1.696
5. Eric Granado +2.181
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +1.223

MotoE World Cup Standing 2022

1. Dominique Aegerter 78 points
2. Eric Granado 70 points
3. Mattia Casadei 61 points
4. Matteo Ferrari 48 points
5. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 47 points

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“It was a good second race. We tried to fight for the podium, but the other competitors were stronger than me today. We had a very good feeling after the podium we achieved yesterday and we took important points for the championship. In general, it was a great weekend in Le Mans, and we have shown that we have a chance to fight for a top position this year. Now it’s time to focus on the next round in Italy, where we’ll give 100% to try to get a good result.”

Okubo takes first podium in FIM MotoE World Cup

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes in third position in the first race of Round 2, held today at Le Mans.

 

The legendary Le Mans track hosted Hikari Okubo’s first podium finish in the FIM MotoE World Cup this Saturday. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider placed third in the first race of Round 2 of the 2022 season, which takes place this weekend alongside the French Grand Prix. Thanks to this result, the team earned their fourth trophy in the electric competition.

Okubo made a great start from the second row of the grid, moving from sixth to third on the opening corner. The Japanese rider pushed hard, but the two riders at the head of the race managed to open a small gap. The Avant Ajo MotoE talent rode alone and kept up his pace, until two laps from the end he was caught and overtaken by one of his rivals. A crash for a competitor ahead of him moved Okubo up a place and onto the rostrum.

On Sunday at 3:30 PM local time, Okubo will compete in the second race of the weekend, also scheduled for 8 laps.

Results – Race 1

1. Mattia Casadei 13:54.984
2. Dominique Aegerter +0.826
3. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +1.223
4. Matteo Ferrari +1.701
5. Hector Garzo +5.754

MotoE World Cup Standing 2022

1. Eric Granado 59 points
2. Dominique Aegerter 53 points
3. Mattia Casadei 41 points
4. Matteo Ferrari 39 points
5. Miquel Pons 38 points
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 37 points

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“I am very happy to have achieved my first podium in this series. The objective this round was to be in the Top 3 and we have achieved it, so we feel very satisfied. Today’s race was not easy, but even so I gave one hundred percent to fight with my rivals and get this result. We started well and we pushed hard since the beginning, but the riders in the front group were faster than me. After that, a rival overtook me, however finally he crashed, and we achieved our first podium. This result and the points are important for the championship. Tomorrow, we have another opportunity, in the second race of Round 2, where we will try to be at the front again.”

Okubo to fight from the second row of the grid

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider qualifies in sixth position after an intense day of work at Le Mans on opening day of Round 2.

 

The FIM MotoE World Cup experienced a busy Friday at the Le Mans circuit, to open Round 2. In the morning, Hikari Okubo completed two solid Free Practice sessions that helped him recover his feeling. In the afternoon, the Japanese took part in Q1 and Q2, qualifying in sixth position for the starting grid of the two races that will take place this weekend.

FP1 was held in dry conditions, despite the low temperatures at the French track in the morning. Okubo approached this session calmly, completing 10 laps that enabled him to check his feeling aboard the Avant Ajo MotoE bike. He finished seventh after stopping the clock at 1:46.453 on his final attempt.

In FP2, which was held under higher temperatures, a red flag caused by a crash delayed the action by several minutes. After the restart, Okubo lowered his morning time by almost two seconds, to a 1:44.848 that put him in 10th position.

Okubo easily made his way out of Q1, placing second with a 1:44.327. Then clocked his fastest time of the day in Q2: a 1:43.872 qualified him sixth for the two contest set for this round.

Tomorrow at 4:25 PM local time, Okubo will take on the first race of the weekend, scheduled for eight laps.

Results – Qualifying session
1. Mattia Casadei 1:43.559
2. Dominique Aegerter 1:43.560 +0.001
3. Kevin Zannoni 1:43.580 +0.021
4. Eric Granado 1:43.782 +0.223
5. Jordi Torres 1:43.862 +0.303
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:43.872 +0.313

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“I have finished Friday with a good feeling, since we qualified on the second row of the grid and that gives us the chance be able to fight for a good result in the two races this weekend. After the first qualifying session we made a small modification to the bike that allowed us to take a step forward in Q2. Today we lapped in very consistent and fairly fast times, which is important. We will have to see what the weather conditions are like tomorrow, since at Le Mans it can start raining at any time. The important thing is that we enjoyed today and that we feel prepared for both races. Once again, we will give one hundred percent to try to achieve a good result.”

High expectations for Okubo at Round 2 of the 2022 season

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider travels to the legendary Le Mans circuit for a two-race round this weekend.

 

After the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup season opener at Jerez a fortnight ago, Avant Ajo MotoE travel to France for Round 2 of the campaign. Le Mans will host two races for the electric series this weekend, coinciding with the French Grand Prix. Hikari Okubo is motivated and ready to fight for a good result.

At Round 1, Okubo enjoyed two strong races, finishing sixth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2. The Japanese proved to be in good form throughout the weekend, and was consistent and competitive. Now the Avant Ajo MotoE rider arrives at Le Mans with the desire to keep progressing and achieve the maximum number of points possible in the two contests this weekend. Okubo is in sixth place in the overall standings, with 21 points.

The first race of the weekend for the FIM MotoE World Cup will take place on Saturday at 4:25 PM local time, with the second on Sunday at 3:30 PM. Both contests will be held over 8 laps.

 

Circuit information – Le Mans Circuit
Length: 4.185 m / 2.600 miles
Width: 13 m / 42.65 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 9
Longest straight: 674 m / 0.418 miles
Constructed: 1965

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“I’m looking forward to this round at Le Mans, as it is a track that I like. Last year, at this same circuit, we were unlucky in the race. However, before that we were riding fast and among the top positions. We will continue to push hard, as we always do, and we will see what we are capable of doing in this new challenge in France.”

Okubo consolidates start of the season with Top 5 in Jerez

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes fifth in the second race of Round 1 of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup, held as part of the Spanish Grand Prix.

 

The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the second race of the weekend for the FIM MotoE World Cup, on a day that saw high temperatures. Hikari Okubo once again completed a solid performance in the race held on Sunday, fighting for the podium and finally achieving a positive fifth position. With this result, the Japanese rider picks up points and concludes Round 1 with a good feeling.

Okubo, who started from the third row of the grid, made a great start, going from eighth position to fifth at the first corner. He set a strong pace and, in just one lap, moved into the podium spots. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider pushed hard to stay with the leading group, but at the halfway mark the pack was broken and Okubo was left fighting in the chasing group. The Japanese rider continued to give his all in the last part of the race and, finally, crossed the finish line in 5th place.

With the conclusion of Round 1 and the first two races of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup, Okubo occupies 5th place in the standings with 21 points. The Avant Ajo MotoE rider will return to action at the French Grand Prix, from May 13 to 15th, which will feature another two races in the same weekend.

Results – Race 2
1. Eric Granado 14:36.321
2. Miquel Pons +0.217
3. Mattia Casadei +0.394
4. Dominique Aegerter +0.488
5. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +1.182

MotoE World Cup Standing 2022
1. Eric Granado 50 points
2. Dominique Aegerter 33 points
3. Miquel Pons 28 points
4. Matteo Ferrari 26 points
5. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 21 points

 

AKI AJO – TEAM MANAGER

“It’s been a really good start to the season. The MotoE campaign is a ‘different’ one because we have many more races this year, so we have made a solid start. Hikari really showed this weekend that he has experience in the class, and he rode some really smart races. He also showed that he has the potential to fight for podium positions in the future. I’m really happy.”

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“It was a good second race. We tried to fight for the podium, but the other competitors were stronger than me today. We had a very good feeling, better than in Race 1. We took important points for the championship and thanks to that we’re fifth overall. In general, it was a great start to the season, and we have shown that we have a chance to fight for a top position this year. Now it’s time to focus on the next round at Le Mans, where we’ll give 100% to try to take a good result.”

Hikari Okubo opens 2022 with solid race in Jerez

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider finishes in sixth position in the first of two races that will take place this weekend in the FIM MotoE World Cup.

 

The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the first race of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup season this Saturday. Hikari Okubo finished in sixth position in the opening race of the weekend, putting in a good performance and opening his points account for 2022.

The 8-lap first race in the electric series this season started at 4:25 PM. Okubo made a clean start from eighth position which allowed him to gain a place early on. He would eventually relinquish the spot again, but continued to be part of the pack closely following the leaders and improving his times lap after lap. After Lap 5, Okubo went on the attack and gained an advantage of more than a second from his closest rival. After incidents at the front of the race, he crossed the finish line just 2.435 seconds behind the leader, claiming sixth position and scoring his first points of the season.

Race 2 takes place at 3:30 PM on Sunday.

Results – Race 1
1. Eric Granado 14:36.988
2. Dominique Aegerter +0.696
3. Matteo Ferrari +1.005
4. Hector Garzo +1.537
5. Jordi Torres +1.697
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) +2.345

MotoE World Cup Standing 2022
1. Eric Granado 25 points
2. Dominique Aegerter 20 points
3. Matteo Ferrari 16 points
4. Hector Garzo 13 points
5. Jordi Torres 11 points
6. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 10 points

 

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“Today was not an easy day. I got my best lap during the race, being 0.5 seconds faster than in qualifying, so I could keep up with the group. I didn’t have the chance to overtake, so I remained calm and stayed in the group. We got a bit lucky with the crash in front and a penalty to another rider that gave us the sixth position, so it’s not a bad result for the first race in the Championship. Tomorrow I’ll try to push more, give my best and try to overtake.”

Okubo completes solid first qualifying in Jerez

The Avant Ajo MotoE rider ends an intense Friday qualifying on the third row of the grid for the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup opener.

 

The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the first day of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup season on Friday, coinciding with the Spanish Grand Prix. Hikari Okubo took part in the first two Free Practice sessions and qualifying, claiming a spot on the third row with eighth place.

The MotoE riders were the first out on Friday morning, in a FP1 held in mixed conditions, as the track still had patches of water from rain the previous day. Okubo approached this session calmly, completing six laps, in which he made steady progress. On his last attempt, the Japanese stopped the clock at 1:54.937, which earned him 11th.

At noon, Okubo returned to the track to compete in FP2, with the surface dry and temperatures gradually increasing. He was able to push more than in the morning, lowering his lap times considerably. Finally, Okubo finished the session with the seventh best time – 1:49.302 – which he achieved on his seventh lap of eight.

For the first time in the history of the electric series, qualifying was held with the Q1 and Q2 format. Okubo’s seventh position on the combined timesheets allowed him to be part of the group of 8 riders to go directly into Q2. On his first flying lap of the session, the Japanese posted his best time: a 1:49.001 which puts him eighth on the grid.

On Saturday afternoon, Okubo will face the first race of the season, which will start at 4:15 PM and is scheduled for 8 laps.

Results – Qualifying session
1. Miquel Pons 1:48.372
2. Hector Garzo 1:48.435 +0.063
3. Mattia Casadei 1:48.609 +0.237
4. Eric Granado 1:48.693 +0.321
5. Dominique Aegerter 1:48.763 +0.391
8. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:49.001 +0.629

 

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“Today was a very busy day. We have a different schedule this year and the qualifying system is completely different. On Fridays in 2021 we only had Free Practices, but now we also have qualifying sessions in the afternoon. For me, that is a big difference. Regarding today, I’m very happy because I qualified directly for Q2. I didn’t have a bad feeling, even though I made some mistakes in the QP. The best lap time is quick, but I think that tomorrow we can achieve a good result. We will give 100% to try to make it happen.”

The wait is over for Avant Ajo MotoE

Hikari Okubo returns to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit for the first round of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup season.

 

After a long winter break, the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup campaign will get underway this weekend in Jerez, alongside the Spanish Grand Prix. After the great work carried out during pre-season, Hikari Okubo and the Avant Ajo MotoE team face the first round of the year with high expectations. This will be the fourth consecutive year for the team in the electric competition, which shows a commitment to sustainability as well as excitement.

Okubo approaches the beginning of the 2022 campaign after two positive pre-season tests at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit. The Japanese completed a total of six days of work at the track, during which he and his team looked to find a good base setup for his MotoE machine. The first round of the year marks what will be his second campaign in the electric series, in which he hopes to take advantage of all the knowledge acquired last season and fight for good results.

The inaugural race of the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup will be held on Saturday at 4:15 PM local time, with the second on Sunday at 3:30 PM.

Circuit information – Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Length: 4.423 m / 2.748 miles
Width: 11 metres / 36.09 ft.
Left corners: 5
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 607 m / 0.377 miles
Constructed: 1986

 

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“Pre-season was positive, because I was able to start using a new riding style more suitable for the MotoE bike. We also did a race simulation, and it went quite well. We did some training in Japan too, so I feel well prepared to begin the 2022 campaign – more than last year. The target for the first MotoE race is to fight for the top positions, so we’ll give 100% and try to achieve our first podium in this competition this weekend. I’m looking forward to Round 1 and seeing what we are capable of doing.”

Okubo prepared for start of 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup

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.”

 

Last preparations for 2022 kick off in Jerez for Avant Ajo MotoE

Hikari Okubo completes the first of the three days of the Jerez Official Test – the last on the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup pre-season calendar.

 

Avant Ajo MotoE and Hikari Okubo return to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit this week, for the last official pre-season test for the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup. The Japanese rider put into practice all the knowledge acquired during his visit to the Spanish track in March, successfully completing the first of the three days of testing in Andalusia this Monday. On the combined timesheets for the sessions held on Day 1, Okubo achieved the fifth best time.

The sun was out in Jerez, allowing the Avant Ajo MotoE rider to make the most of the first day. Throughout Monday, the Japanese followed an intense work programme together with his crew, completing a total of 19 laps. Okubo made a notable improvement in each of his outings, clocking his personal best in the third session of the day: 1:49.296. Thanks to this lap, the Avant Ajo MotoE rider was fifth on the combined timesheets. He was satisfied with the work carried out with the team, and using the conclusions drawn they will continue their plan on Tuesday.

Two more days of Official Test activity will be held at the track before the 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup pre-season comes to an end on Wednesday.

COMBINED STANDINGS – DAY 1
1. Eric Granado 1:49.020
2. Mattia Casadei 1:49.022 +0.002
3. Miquel Pons 1:49.116 +0.096
4. Matteo Ferrari 1:49.153 +0.133
5. Hikari Okubo (Avant Ajo MotoE) 1:49.296 +0.276

 

78 HIKARI OKUBO

“Overall, today was a good day. In the first session, we were focused on checking our feeling with the bike after a month without riding the MotoE. At midday, the second session was a bit tougher for us, but together with the team we made a good job, and we could fix things to take a step forward. In the afternoon, we were able to push, and we completed a strong qualifying simulation and we made a good lap time. We still have two more days of work at Jerez, and we’ll try to continue progressing. Maybe it will rain tomorrow but we’ll try to be strong, focused, and keep working hard.”

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