The WithU Motorsport rider finishes 16th at his first Grand Prix in the electric motorcycle competition.
Jakub Kornfeil took part in the first race of the 2020 MotoE World Cup season on Sunday, held alongside the Spanish GP. The Czech rider did not have an easy debut, although he managed to continue lowering his lap times on a first weekend of learning and adaptation as part of WithU Motorsport.
Starting from 16th on the grid, Kornfeil dropped a position off the start. Unfortunately, he was unable to stay with the main group and lost contact with the riders ahead as the sections went by. The WithU Motorsport rider did not give up, however, and continued to improve his pace – just as he had throughout the weekend. On lap 4 of 6, Kornfeil set his fastest time to date, a 1:50.614, half a second faster than his Saturday best. A penalty for a rival at the end awarded 16th position to Kornfeil, who was one place off the points.
The next race will take place in just seven days’ time, as Round 2 of the MotoE World Cup sees the series return to the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit.
Matteo Ballarin – Team Principal
“WithU Motorsport are very happy to be competing in the MotoE World Cup for another season. The first weekend was not too impressive in terms of the results, but we are satisfied with the work that Jakub [Kornfeil] has done. This is a completely different motorcycle from what he had ridden up to now, and he dedicated all of the practice sessions to understanding it and adapting to it. We are confident that we will see big improvements for the next race.”
“I am not satisfied with my start, and my first sector was not good either. However, little by little I regained my pace and I set good lap times, so I am happy in that respect – because I have been able to continue improving. I managed to get down to the 1:50s, and this is good. My goal for next week’s GP is to ride with those who are in the fight for the points, as I’m less than a second away from matching their pace. I must improve my start and come up with a different strategy, but overall I am satisfied that I have been improving throughout the weekend.”