Unlucky debut for the Openbank Aspar Team at Silverstone

Jordi Torres, who will start from ninth on the grid, has crashed on his first Q2 lap and has not been able to set any lap time


Eric Granado has taken the first pole position in the MotoE history at Silverstone. So far, the MotoE leader, Jordi Torres, and his main pursuer, Matteo Ferrari, had shared all the pole positions of the season, with two first grid places for each rider. However, in the first Grand Prix of the electric category in Great Britain, it has been the Brazilian rider who has set the best lap of the qualifying. At the start of Q2, Torres and Ferrari have crashed in the same turn, in two separate incidents. The session has been suspended due to the impossibility to get the Italian's bike out of the gravel. Ferrari has received a penalty for tomorrow's first race after crashing with yellow flags on the track. When the session has been restarted, nobody has been able to beat the Brazilian's time, who has been the fastest from the start. Mattia Casadei and Héctor Garzó complete the front row of the grid.

Openbank Aspar Team rider Jordi Torres will start tomorrow's two races from ninth position. The MotoE leader has not had luck on his side and has suffered a crash during his first lap in Q2, so he has not been able to set any lap time. Torres had set a best time of 2:11.951 in the second practice and was ready to improve it in the qualifying session. However, in turn 2 he has crashed and has not been able to complete his plan. His Openbank Aspar Team teammate, María Herrera, has returned to ride at Silverstone six years after her last time here, this time on the new Ducati. The Spanish rider has improved her lap times as the sessions went on, but has been unable to get into Q2 despite improving her time from the second practice by more than two seconds. Herrera will start the British Grand Prix from eighteenth place and will try to improve his adaptation to this long and difficult track in order to fight for points.


9th Jordi Torres: “It's a track where you can enjoy with this new bike. We haven't been able to get a good lap in the morning, but we were hoping to find it in the qualifying. On the entry lap I have warmed up the tyre well, but in turn two I have inclined a bit more and I have slipped. It has not been because I have been accelerating, I have the feeling that it has been because the tyre was cold, even though I have done a very fast entry lap. It doesn't affect our confidence; we'll start ninth tomorrow and we'll see the conditions we find. I think that as it's such a long and wide track we'll be able to overtake and find our pace.”

18th María Herrera 2:13.981: “I have enjoyed the circuit. I'm struggling a bit with the direction changes. It's frustrating that there are no more practice sessions because we have been improving little by little. The important thing is that I have enjoyed the qualifying and we hope to do the same tomorrow, even if it is probably going to rain.”