Torres shines again in Germany

The Openbank Aspar Team rider has taken his first pole position of the MotoE season. His teammate María Herrera will start the races from eighteenth place


Jordi Torres has shone again in Germany, ten years after his first victory in the World Championship at this same track, and will lead the front row of the grid for the two German Grand Prix races. Matteo Ferrari had so far been the only rider able to take a pole position this season. However, the category leader, Jordi Torres, has shown why he is at the top of the overall standings and today has achieved the fourth pole position of his career. The Spanish rider has started the session with a best time of 1:38.474 which has placed him first. However, he has been beaten on three occasions by other riders. Despite this, Torres has continued to push and has been able to regain the top position on all three occasions. His final time, a 1:34.601, has been enough to finish one tenth ahead of Héctor Garzo, and three tenths ahead of Eric Granado, who complete the front row.

His Openbank Aspar Team teammate María Herrera will start the third Grand Prix of the year from eighteenth place. The Spanish has had to take part in the first qualifying session, after finishing the free practices outside of the positions that give direct access to Q2. Herrera has worked at her best during Q1, but the rain has worsened the track conditions and she has not been able to lower her time. The Openbank Aspar Team rider is gradually improving her feeling on the bike and tomorrow aims to keep going in the same direction in order to get closer to the group.


Pole Jordi Torres 1:34.601: “It's very positive to start the weekend from pole position. It's been nine years since the last time I raced at Sachsenring, so I have had to get my references from the start. The team has been supporting me and it has been crucial to be at the top in all the sessions. This circuit suits my riding style, although I feel more confident in wet conditions. When the races are dry, the tyres suffer a lot, whereas in the wet we can improve lap after lap. Regardless of tomorrow's weather, we will have to make two good races without any mistake.”

18th María Herrera 1:42.447: “Today's feeling has been much better. We keep taking small steps forward, I'm gaining confidence and we're getting closer to the group. We have started the day with a slightly humid track, but the feelings have been good. In wet conditions I have felt great, but five laps are not enough. I need to improve at the beginning of the sessions. I want to thank the team for the way they are helping me.”