Points for Kornfeil in tough Race 1 in France

The WithU Motorsport rider competes in the sixth and penultimate race of the 2020 MotoE World Cup at Le Mans, finishing in 13th place.


WithU Motorsport and Jakub Kornfeil had a demanding Saturday at the legendary Le Mans track, where both the last E-Pole of the season and the first race of the French Grand Prix took place. The Czech rider qualified on the sixth row of the grid in the morning, and in the afternoon he took the chequered flag 13th. The result meant that Kornfeil has now earned points for the third consecutive race, continuing the progress he has shown throughout the year.

E-Pole was contested in dry conditions, although there were low temperatures and a light wind blowing across the track during the session. Kornfeil was the sixth rider out, and set a time of 1:47.356 for 16th position; a spot on the sixth row of the grid  for the first race of the French GP.

The afternoon race had a red flag shown on the first lap, reducing the contest to five laps upon the restart. Second time around, Kornfeil had to avoid a big crash involving several riders off the start line. He would go on to finish the race in 13th position, adding 3 points to his tally. He is now 18th in the overall standings.

The final race of the 2020 season, from which Kornfeil will start from 13th on the grid, will take place at 3:40pm local time on Sunday.


#84 Jakub Kornfeil

“We finished in the points again, even though today was a difficult race for us. From the first lap I never had a good feeling, especially with the tyres, as they didn’t get up to an optimal temperature. Luckily I felt a little better with the front end, as the compound gained a few degrees with my heavy braking. The first part of the race was good and, despite having to avoid a crash on the first lap, I was closing the gap to those at the front. Unfortunately my times slowed down as the race progressed, due to the issue I mentioned. For tomorrow we will try to analyse what happened and find a solution. I want to enjoy what will be the last race of 2020, and close the year with a good result.”