José Borges Wins the Opening Round of the World eMTB Series

Words: Miranda Factory Team

It was in Monaco this weekend that the opening round of the WES – World E-Bike Series 2020 took place. With four of its athletes, the Miranda Factory Team was very motivated, in front of a range of fast, mostly French athletes.

A highlight was the presence of BMX race legend Michal Prokop and former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri as well, in this new format called WES Gravity. The race had four timed special tests, 26 km´s and more than 1200 meters of climbing, among mountain ranges and very cobbled tracks.

José Borges did not start in the best way and at the end of the first special test, he was only 6th. The Portuguese athlete would end up winning the 2nd and 4th PEC´s, thus guaranteeing the first victory of the year. In the end, Borges commented: “I am very happy to have won. I wasn’t really expecting it because I came from a recent injury and I lack some pace, mainly going down. In the first special test it took me a few seconds, but it turned out to be good. I woke up, won two special tests and managed to dominate the race. I want to thank the whole team, Miranda Bike Parts and especially the mechanic who did an excellent job ”.

Emanuel Pombo suffered a setback in the opening special test, having lost valuable seconds. After that, the Madeiran returned to his best pace (2nd in PEC2 and 3rd in PEC4), however not enough to get a place on the podium. Emanuel ends this round in 4th place overall.
“It turned out to be a very positive result, despite the error in the first test that was going up. I slipped and then had to finish pushing. I still tried to reach the leading athletes, but that mistake cost me dearly. Overall, the team is to be congratulated ” concluded the athlete and team leader, Emanuel Pombo.

Still in the men’s category, Tiago Ladeira was in the competition. The rider from Viseu of the Miranda Factory Team would finish the first competition of the year in 6th place.“It is the first of the year. I felt good, it was a good race, despite realizing that I have to train the physique a little more. We have fantastic conditions, the team is strong and we have everything to achieve good results throughout the season ” said Ladeira.

In the women’s class Maaris Meier secured the first podium of the season – 3rd place. The Estonian from Miranda Factory Team is still getting used to the e-bike segment, however, she has shown an excellent pace. On the way to the podium, Maaris commented:
“It went well, I had no problem with the mechanics and I even managed to win the first stage. I still have a lot of work to do, but I really like this format. I want to evolve in the next round and win races. Thank you all for the support”.

The KTM Macina Prowler, Extreme Racing Shox damping systems and Miranda Bike Parts components were undoubtedly dominant in the excellent results obtained by the Miranda Factory Team.

The next round of the competition is scheduled for 17, 18 and 19 April in Ascona – Switzerland.

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