Alex Escrig of Tech3 E-Racing confirms Bradley Smith's return to MotoE
With the RNF E-Racing Team, Bradley Smith appears ready to return to MotoE in 2022, while Alex Escrig completes the Tech3 E-Racing lineup.
Bradley Smith, a former MotoGP rider for Yamaha, KTM, and Aprilia, appears to be returning to the sport with the new RNF E-Racing team.
Smith is anticipated to join the newly-branded Malaysian team, headed by RNF Yamaha MotoGP Leader Razlan Razali, after a year away from full-time racing. Niccolo Canepa, a World Endurance Championship rider, could be joining the British racer.
Smith finished second to Matteo Ferrari in the MotoE World Cup the last time he competed (in 2019).
Spanish rookie Alex Escrig, who will compete alongside Hector Garzo for the second time in his career, is one of the riders who has been officially confirmed.
"Obviously, my goal for next year is to win the title," Escrig stated.
"The MotoE bike will indeed be unlike anything I've ever rode, but I'm looking forward to learning new riding techniques.." I want to get experience competing for global championships against older, more experienced riders."
“Hector Garzo will be my colleague for the second time. I'm overjoyed as I've known him since I was four.”
"It'll be great, I’m sure, to have him as my teammate for the second time. We have a terrific relationship, and he has MotoE experience, so I'm hoping to see us on the podium together."
Escrig's joining was also discussed by Tech 3 KTM CEO Herve Poncharal, who, like Razali, runs a team in both MotoGP as well as MotoE.
"It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Tech3 E-Racing crew now has confirmed its 2022 lineup," Poncharal added. We are excited to welcome Alex Escrig, a young and talented rider that we have been watching for a few years, with Hector Garzo.
“His success in 2021, when he won the European Stock 600 championship with ten victories in eleven races, astounded us."
The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is clearly growing more and more appealing to riders, and we are happy to be bringing a combination of expertise and youth to the electric category with our different line.
"This will be Alex’s first season and there will be a lot of learning opportunities for him. Also, since they are both from Valencia, I am convinced that Hector will be able to help him out.”
"We are eagerly anticipating the session in 2022. I'm confident that our riders will be fighting for the victories next season which is going to be held in Jerez."