Moto E World cup's just two weeks away from 2021 season opener
The electric championship MotoE is entering its third ever season on May 2nd in Jerez, Spain - again with female racer Maria Herrera on the entry list.
Once again, we are going to see Maria Herrera on the starting grid of the 2021 Moto E season: the Spanish rider has been racing in the series in 2019 after her very positive season in the Supersport 300 World Championship, which included several top-ten finishes.
Prior to that achievement, she had spent three seasons in the Moto3 World Championship, racing for KTM, Honda, Husqvarna, and Mahindra. Herrera became the seventh female in MotoGP's history.
Last year, in 2020, she was classified seventeenth in the Moto E championship, finishing every race in the points - the last one in the top ten. Jordi Torres was crowned champion, while 2019 champion Matteo Ferrari became runner-up.
This season's calendar includes seven races, all of them taking place in Europe - Spain, France, Catalonia, Netherlands, Austria and San Marino which is going to hold two rounds of Moto E.
On April 12th, Moto E riders took part in the final testing day before entering the first official race weekend of the 2021 season.
Maria Herrera started the simulation race from twelfth on the grid, which was based on her results from two practice sessions. During the first part of the race, Maria managed to battle with the leading group, but on the last laps, she seemed to lose some pace compared to the fastest riders and started to feel uncomfortable on the Energica motorbike.
"The race did not go as expected. We started quite calmly and in the first laps I was with the group, but I was not completely comfortable in the final part and I was losing a bit of pace. I have realized that we need to keep improving, we have to keep getting to know the tyres to find more grip. We will continue working." she said later.
She concluded testing in the thirteenth place. Maria Herrera completed 54 laps in three days of testing, taking note of details to polish and to keep improving.
"These three days have helped me to continue getting to know the bike and to improve for the race. We have an ideal lap better than the actual lap time; this means we have room for improvement. I am happy because we have worked well. It is taking us a bit, because it is not easy, but we are in good times to fight with the top 5 group and to aim for a podium this year. Little by little we will succeed." the rider concluded.
Moto E is becoming more and more popular and the upcoming season may be extremely interesting.
2021 Moto E World Cup Calendar:
02 May - Circuito de Jerez, Spain
16 May - Le Mans, France
06 June - Barcelona-Catalunya, Catalunya
27 June - TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
15 August - Red Bull Ring-Spielberg, Austria
19 September - Misano World Circuit, San Marino