Features 19 Jun 2019


The current week in road bikes with CycleOnline.com.au.

MotoE has risen from devastation and returned to the track this week in full force. Welcome to Cycleview on CycleOnline.com.au.

Following the devastating fires in March that destroyed the entire fleet and equipment for the FIM MotoE World Cup, it’s incredible to see the series push on and return the circuit within just three months.

I’ll be honest – things didn’t look great following the fire, and to have all the bikes and equipment reproduced in such a short period of time is a massive feat.

Valencia has been hosting the first test since the fire this week, which is a three-day affair that continues through till today. The test has been a unique one, although day one starting like normal.

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Tuesday’s second day featured a simulated E-Pole, where each rider puts in one fast lap and ultimately decides the starting the line-up for Wednesday’s race simulation. This will be the qualifying format when the season kicks off at the beginning of next month in Germany.

Fresh from MotoGP testing duties, Bradley Smith topped day two’s timesheets, while it was Hector Garzo who took out E-Pole with the fastest lap. Unfortunately for Australian Josh Hook, who’s piloting a Pramac Racing prepared machine, he suffered an illness and was forced to sit out day. With the race simulation up next, we’re intrigued to see how it all unfolds!

That’s it for this week, we’ll catch you next Wednesday with another Cycleview feature! In the meantime stay tuned to CycleOnline.com.au for the latest daily content and be sure to follow us on social media via @cycleonline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.