Crossing the line in second place on Saturday, the 31-year-old Swiss rider crowned himself as overall winner of the electric bike series.
The tension before the race was tense to breaking point. Dominique Aegerter went into the second last race of the season with a 17.5-point lead over Brazilian Eric Granado and would have had to collect eight more points than Granado to become Cup champion early. Aegerter had the advantage of starting from the best grid position, but Granado, who started from the second row, came to Misano with three race wins in a row.
After scattered raindrops during qualifying sessions of the Grand Prix classes before, the race took place under stable conditions. Aegerter lost one position at the start to Italian Mattia Casadei. Granado lined up in third, overtaking Aegerter on the second lap. One lap later, the lead changed again as Aegerter took over the top spot. This put pressure on Granado, who crashed on the next lap and continued the race in a hopeless position.
From this point on, Aegerter had everything in his hands. He could have handled the whole thing more comfortably but fought all the way to the finish line for the win. After winning the Supersport World Championship last year, the MotoE™ World Cup is his second biggest success to date.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Energica)
Grid position: Pole / Race 1: P2
"I am over the moon; I am finally MotoE World Cup winner! It took me three attempts after finishing my first season in third place and winning the runner-up title last year. I think we have had an incredible season this year with ten podiums so far. Only once it has not been enough. That was in Jerez with a fourth place. Tomorrow, we have another race where we can further improve our record. But so far, I am really happy with it. Furthermore, I am a bit proud of it because it is something special. The whole Dynavolt Intact GP team did a fantastic job from the beginning to the end of the season. They prepared a good bike for me every race weekend and always improved it a little bit. They also adapted perfectly to my needs and always helped me to better adapt my riding style. It was a great pleasure to work with them. So, a big thank you to all of them."
"As for the race itself, I was very nervous, although pole position was an advantage. My start was usable, and the first laps were just as good. But then Eric came from behind and overtook me. He was a bit on the limit in this situation. After that I did not want to let him pull away, I gave everything to keep up with him. My goal was to be in front of him. When I overtook him, I was able to set strong lap times. When I realized that he had crashed, I became a bit more nervous because it was not so easy to stay focused. I did no't know if I should stay at the front or take it a bit more relaxed. It was clear to me that I had to finish in the top eight to decide the battle today. But in the end, I pushed hard until the very end, which was rewarded with second place. The relief is huge, I think we deserved to win this title. I would like to thank all the sponsors who have supported me over the years. The same goes for all the fans and supporters for their backing. There will only be a small celebration tonight, but tomorrow we will really let it rip although, there will not be much time for exuberant partying, though, because next week the Supersport World Championship continues. The season in this championship is still very long. But for now, I am happy about this success and would also like to thank the entire MotoGP paddock for their congratulations."
#SanMarinoGP - MotoE™ Race 1 (8 Laps):
1 Mattia CASADEI / ITA / Pons Racing 40 / Energica / 13´52.413
2 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / Energica / +0.134
3 Matteo FERRARI / ITA / Felo Gresini MotoE / Energica / +0.188
1 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / 214
2 Eric GRANADO / BRA / 176,5
3 Matteo FERRARI / ITA / 137,5