It was (almost) a case of deja vu here in Marrakesh, as last year's pole-sitter Felix Rosenqvist and last year's victor Sebastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) switched places, with Rosenqvist taking the lead in the championship for the first time in his ABB FIA Formula E career.
Buemi held on to take second for Renault eDams, with a fading Bird only just holding on to a podium finish for DS Virgin Racing ahead of Jaguar's Nelson Piquet Jr. He was given a break when Bird slowed briefly on lap 16, one lap before the auto swaps, which allowed Mahindra's Rosenqvist to jump into second.
With just a few laps remaining - and not long after a full-course yellow was deployed - Rosenqvist made his move on Buemi at the tricky Turn 7 left-hander to take the lead. He eased clear to take a comfortable victory with Buemi second and erstwhile championship leader Bird a distant third as he struggled with a gearbox problem.
Outside of the top ten, Jean-Eric Vergne lines up in 13th place after a scruffy qualifying session while Mahindra's Nick Heidfeld only managed 18th after crashing during his final run of the session which caught out Edoardo Mortara who was slowest of the 20 runners.
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