The Openbank Aspar Team ends its best MotoE season in Misano

Jordi Torres goes into the final Grand Prix of the season 21 points off the lead with 50 points still up for grabs


Misano puts an end this weekend to the first edition of the MotoE World Championship with four rivals for the title, at least mathematically, and a new leader. In five races, Mattia Casadei has managed to recover the 56 points disadvantage with Openbank Aspar Team rider Jordi Torres with which he started the second race at the British GP. Not only that, but he also arrives at Misano with a 21-point lead with just 50 left up for grabs. A victory in one of the two races this Saturday at the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli would give the title to the Italian. Héctor Garzó and, above all, Matteo Ferrari and Jordi Torres will give their best in the last event of the season to wait for a mistake from Casadei that would allow them to reach the final race with options.

The Openbank Aspar Team will close its best season in MotoE this weekend with two races in which Jordi Torres will try to hit back at Mattia Casadei at his home GP. Two victories and six podiums in the first half of the season allowed Torres to dream of a new title, the third in the category, from which he is now separated by a difference of 21 points with respect to the leader. Thus, the Openbank Aspar Team rider does not even depend on himself since any combination of two podium results for Casadei would give the Italian his first crown. Torres has good memories of the San Marino GP track, where he won one of his two titles in the category and where he has finished in the top 5 in six of his seven participations. His teammate María Herrera hopes to be able to fight with the group and close the season with a good taste in her mouth after not having been able to score points in either of the two races held in Barcelona last weekend. In 2019, Misano hosted one of the best weekends for the Spanish rider, who fought there for the podium twice.


Jordi Torres: “We have shown that we can fight for the championship. When you try, sometimes you fail. For Misano we take off the pressure of being leaders and we must come back, with the same attitude as until now, but trying to fight until the end. We know that our rivals were practically born in the 'Quercia' [Note: one of the corners of the Misano circuit], but in the past we have already had great races there and we can do it again. We don't consider everything is lost: it's clear that we are far away, 21 points away, but anything can happen in this category.”

María Herrera: “We travel to a circuit that I have been quite good at, especially the first and third years. I think we can take a big step: realistically I think we can fight with the group and, why not, give some joy to the team.”