Perfect opportunity for Jordi Torres

The Openbank Aspar Team rider will defend the lead from pole position, with Mattia Casadei second and Matteo Ferrari sixth


The Openbank Aspar Team rider Jordi Torres has a perfect opportunity tomorrow after taking his third pole position of the season today. In his home Grand Prix, the Spanish rider will try to take advantage of Matteo Ferrari’s grid position, as he will start sixth. However, Torres will have to watch out for Mattia Casadei, who will start from second place. In Austria, the Italian won both races after starting from that position, so the Openbank Aspar Team rider will have to keep an eye on him. With this result, Jordi Torres has become the rider with the most pole positions of the season. With only four races to go, starting tomorrow's two races from the front can be decisive in the fight for the title. Andrea Mantovani will start from third place, making his debut on the front row for the first time this year.

His Openbank Aspar teammate, María Herrera, will start the Catalan Grand Prix from sixteenth place, her best grid position of the season. The Spanish rider arrived in Barcelona with the idea of taking a step forward and today she has improved her feelings. Herrera will be closer to the group tomorrow and will try to stay in it in order to score points again.


Pole Jordi Torres 1:48.731: “This race is very important for me. It's a special track, and even more when I'm fighting for the Championship. It's a great opportunity to show all our potential. It's a circuit that I like, even if it's not entirely favourable for my physical condition. I have tried to adapt my riding style and it has worked out well. You can't always show your full potential, but today we have managed to do it. Tomorrow's races will be different, but the most important thing is that we have achieved pole position and we're going to enjoy it.”

16th María Herrera 1:51.398: “I have gone with confidence in the qualifying session. I had to improve my braking and I have achieved it. We need to adjust our transition through the corners and the gas opening. For tomorrow's races I am more confident than in the previous ones and I think I can make a big step forward. I'm looking forward to fight with the group.”