Setback for Jordi Torres and the Openbank Aspar Team in Barcelona

The Spanish rider closes the weekend second in the overall standings and will have two chances to reverse the situation in Misano


Nobody can stop Mattia Casadei in the MotoE World Championship. The Italian rider has achieved a victory and a second place in Barcelona and has taken his fourth win in the last five races. These results allow him to lead the standings, 21 points ahead of Jordi Torres and 22 ahead of Matteo Ferrari, with just one grand prix to go. In the first race, the Openbank Aspar Team rider has made a great start, having a gap of more than half a second over his pursuers. However, with three laps to go, Mattia Casadei has overtaken him to take the lead. Torres has tried to attack him back on the last lap, but in an unfortunate action, the Spanish has ended up off the line and has moved down to seventh position, a place in which he has finished the race. The battle for the victory has continued and, in the end, it has been Andrea Mantovani who has crossed the finish line in first position, with Casadei second and Héctor Garzó third.

The second race has seen again a battle between Torres and Casadei for the win, a fight that has ended with the Openbank Aspar Team rider on the ground when he was leading the race, and with the Italian taking the victory. Mantovani has finished second and Spinelli third. Matteo Ferrari, the other title contender, has closed the weekend with a fourth and a fifth place that keeps him alive for next week's final Grand Prix in San Marino.

Openbank Aspar Team rider María Herrera leaves Barcelona with two sixteenth places. The Spanish has finished close to the points in both races and ends one of the most productive weekends for her with good feelings.


Jordi Torres (7th / DNF): “It has been a difficult day. We have started both races from pole position and with good feelings. In the first race I was fighting for the win, but I have had a small contact with Casadei that has almost made me go to the ground. The move was risky and maybe I have been too fair. In the end we have finished seventh and we have had to reset ourselves for the second race. In the afternoon we have tried to be more aggressive. I have fought to stay in the lead and when I have tried to push a bit harder in the last corner I have crashed. We have closed the weekend with the feeling that we are competitive. We have got pole position and have led most of the laps, so we have the potential to be at the front and fight for the Championship. We have tried our best and we will do it again.”

María Herrera (16th / 16th): “It has been one of the most positive Grands Prix. We have been improving session by session and we have taken a big step forward in confidence. I'm very happy with the team because they are helping me a lot. The first year with a new bike is not easy, but we are going progressively better. The next aim is to improve in the first practice sessions to be better prepared for the races.”