Torres keeps the lead after a double podium at Assen

The Openbank Aspar Team rider ends the first half of the season eight points ahead of Matteo Ferrari and 46 over the third rider in the standings


Matteo Ferrari has closed the first half of the MotoE season with two victories that allow him to close the margin with the category leader, Openbank Aspar Team rider Jordi Torres, and to leave the gap between them at eight points. In the first race, the Italian has completed a good start and has immediately placed himself in first position. Ferrari has pushed throughout the race and has not stopped leading until crossing the finish line, six tenths ahead of Jordi Torres, who has finished second, and nine tenths ahead of Randy Krummenacher, who has completed the first podium of the day. In the afternoon, Ferrari has once again taken the lead, this time after a long battle with Torres, but in this race, the Spanish has not given up and has fought for the victory until the end, crossing the finish line just 0.078 behind the Italian. Mattia Casadei has completed the second race podium after coming back from tenth position on the grid. 

Openbank Aspar Team rider Jordi Torres goes on holiday as the leader of the category and with his job done. The Spanish, who had started from pole position, has achieved two second places that allow him to stay at the top of the overall standings. With these results, Torres closes the first part of the season with six podiums in the first eight races. The Spanish arrived at Assen 18 points ahead of Matteo Ferrari and 20 ahead of Héctor Garzó. After the Dutch Grand Prix, Torres has seen his gap with Ferrari reduced to 8 points, but he now has 46 points more than Garzó after a difficult weekend for the Spanish rider.

María Herrera has scored one more point at Assen. The Openbank Aspar Team rider has started today's races with good feelings. However, some difficulties with the front tyre have prevented her from coming back. Despite this, Herrera has been able to complete two more races and continues gathering information to return stronger after the summer break.


Jordi Torres (2nd / 2nd): “It was very important to reach the summer break as the leaders, and we have achieved it. This Grand Prix will give a lot of strength to Matteo Ferrari, who will travel to England looking to come back. In the second race I have tried to do my best, but I have had to change my riding style because of a small problem with the front end. I have been quite close to crashing, but I have managed to save it well.”

María Herrera (18th / 15th): “In the first race I have started pretty well, but then, I have lost confidence because I had a lot of movement in the tyre. In the afternoon I have also started well, but we didn’t have enough pace. I need to gain more confidence with the front tyre. In practice we have been very close to the group and now I hope to make a step forward at Silverstone.”