The first MotoE race came to a premature end after five of eight laps, after a crash punctured the air fence and brought out the red flags.
The race until then had been close, with a group of four breaking away, and across the line inside one second as the result was declared. The top three were Finn Niki Tuuli (Ajo), Bradley Smith (One Energy) and former 125 champion Mike di Meglio (Marc VDS).
The crasher was Lorenzo Savadori, after contact at the bottom of the Waterfall hill; and the heavyweight Energica bike somersaulted across the gravel and slammed the air fence.
The red flag was instigated due to safety concerns about the bikes powerful battery which came to naught. If that had been the case, shown by a red warning light, specially trained marshals and fire-man would have to pick the bike up, and it would be kept in isolation until made safe.
Words Michael Scott