Tuuli bolts to first MotoE pole at Sachsenring

Niki Tuuli creates history as the first-ever MotoE pole-sitter at Sachsenring ahead of the series debut
Tuuli bolts to first MotoE pole at Sachsenring

Full Sachsenring MotoE Superpole results

Niki Tuuli makes history as the first-ever MotoE pole-sitter in Superpole qualifying at Sachsenring ahead of the series debut in Germany.

The Ajo MotoE rider, who finished practice second fastest, was the penultimate rider out on track in the Superpole one-lap qualifying format and produced a 1m 27.456s to storm to pole position for the debut MotoE race.

Tuuli, whose time would have put him in 25th place on the Moto3 grid at Sachsenring, pushed out provisional pole-sitter Hector Garzo by 0.787s on the Tech 3 E-Racing bike, with Eric Granado completing the front row for Avintia Esponsorama Racing.

Mike Di Meglio, who topped practice in Germany, narrowly missed out on the front row in fourth place for the Marc VDS EG 0,0 team with former MotoGP rider Xavier Simeon (Avintia) in front of Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini) to complete row two.

Aprilia MotoGP test rider Bradley Smith qualifies at the head of row three in seventh place on the One Energy Racing ahead of Nicolas Terol (Openbank Angel Nieto) and Alex de Angelis (Octo Pramac MotoE)

Two-time MotoGP world championship runner-up Sete Gibernau has secured 13th place on his return to racing for the first time since 2009.

Both Jesko Taffin and Maria Herrera will start from the back of the grid after being shown black flags during qualifying.

Herrera, the first rider on track given the reverse order set by the free practice times, exited the pits too early on the Openbank Angel Nieto while Taffin was out too late and missed his pit exit for Dynavolt Intact GP.

The first MotoE race takes place tomorrow (July 7) at Sachsenring at 10:00 local time.