Mattia Casadei takes a 21-point lead into the final round of the 2023 MotoE World Championship after a fourth win in five races was amplified by his main title rival Jordi Torres crashing out on the penultimate lap.
The HP Pons Los40 rider got his own back on Andrea Mantovani in the second MotoE race of the day around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya by producing his own late overtake to snatch the win and the full 25 points.
But it was the exit of Torres on the Aspar Team machine with fewer than two laps remaining that served to accelerate a new look to the MotoE standings ahead of the final round at Misano.
Having already cost himself precious points towards the end of the opening race when - after clipping Casadei’s Ducati as they disputed the lead on the final lap - he could only finish seventh, in Race 2 Torres looked on course for a result that would assure him of the championship advantage heading to Italy.
However, after getting unsettled into the Turn 5 left-hander while leading, he low-sided into the gravel trap and out of the race, a mishap made all the more painful by Casadei going on to get out in front for victory on the last revolution.
As a result, what started as a 15 point deficit at the start of the weekend is now a 21 point lead come the end of it, Casadei needing a pair of podiums in Misano next weekend - regardless of Torres’ results - to clinch the title.
It will, however, still be a three-way tussle for the 2023 MotoE World Championship title as Matteo Ferrari’s fifth place lifts him to just a single point shy of Torres in third overall.
With Casadei celebrating out front, there were also smiles for the two men who joined him on the podium with RNF Racing’s Mantovani consolidating his Race 1 win with second position, while the second Pons Racing Ducati of Nicholas Spinelli secured a second podium of the season in third.
Hector Garzo took the flag in fourth, ahead of Ferrari, Miquel Pons, Kevin Zannoni and Alessandro Zaccone, while Randy Krummenacher and Eric Granado completed the top ten.
|2023 Catalunya MotoE | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | Race 2 Results | Round 7 / 8|
|1||Mattia Casadei||🇮🇹||HP Pons Los40||Ducati||7 Laps|
|2||Andrea Mantovani||🇮🇹||RNF MotoE Team||Ducati||+0.072|
|3||Nicholas Spinelli||🇮🇹||HP Pons Los40||Ducati||+0.388|
|4||Hector Garzo||🇪🇦||Dynavolt Intact GP||Ducati||+0.424|
|5||Matteo Ferrari||🇮🇹||Felo Gresini MotoE||Ducati||+0.498|
|6||Miquel Pons||🇪🇦||LCR E-Team||Ducati||+1.071|
|7||Kevin Zannoni||🇮🇹||Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse||Ducati||+1.208|
|8||Alessandro Zaccone||🇮🇹||Tech3 E-Racing||Ducati||+1.801|
|9||Randy Krummenacher||🇨🇭||Dynavolt Intact GP||Ducati||+2.596|
|10||Eric Granado||🇧🇷||LCR E-Team||Ducati||+4.458|
|11||Oscar Gutierrez||🇪🇦||Prettl Pramac MotoE||Ducati||+4.654|
|12||Kevin Manfredi||🇮🇹||Ongetta SIC58 Squadracorse||Ducati||+6.389|
|13||Hikari Okubo||🇯🇵||Tech3 E-Racing||Ducati||+11.180|
|14||Mika Perez||🇪🇦||RNF MotoE Team||Ducati||+11.236|
|15||Alessio Finello||🇮🇹||Felo Gresini MotoE||Ducati||+15.523|
|16||Maria Herrera||🇪🇦||Openbank Aspar Team||Ducati||+15.670|
|DNF||Jordi Torres||🇪🇦||Openbank Aspar Team||Ducati|
|DNF||Tito Rabat||🇪🇦||Prettl Pramac MotoE||Ducati|