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Catalunya MotoE, Barcelona Race 2 | Casadei win hands him lead into finale after Torres crash

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Mattia Casadei, HP Pons Los40, 2023 MotoE, Catalunya MotoE, Barcelona, portrait, podium, celebration [credit - Gold & Goose]

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.


- 2023 MotoE World Championship Standings -

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
1Mattia Casadei🇮🇹HP Pons Los40Ducati7 Laps
2Andrea Mantovani🇮🇹RNF MotoE TeamDucati+0.072
3Nicholas Spinelli🇮🇹HP Pons Los40Ducati+0.388
4Hector Garzo🇪🇦Dynavolt Intact GPDucati+0.424
5Matteo Ferrari🇮🇹Felo Gresini MotoEDucati+0.498
6Miquel Pons🇪🇦LCR E-TeamDucati+1.071
7Kevin Zannoni🇮🇹Ongetta SIC58 SquadracorseDucati+1.208
8Alessandro Zaccone🇮🇹Tech3 E-RacingDucati+1.801
9Randy Krummenacher🇨🇭Dynavolt Intact GPDucati+2.596
10Eric Granado🇧🇷LCR E-TeamDucati+4.458
11Oscar Gutierrez🇪🇦Prettl Pramac MotoEDucati+4.654
12Kevin Manfredi🇮🇹Ongetta SIC58 SquadracorseDucati+6.389
13Hikari Okubo🇯🇵Tech3 E-RacingDucati+11.180
14Mika Perez🇪🇦RNF MotoE TeamDucati+11.236
15Alessio Finello🇮🇹Felo Gresini MotoEDucati+15.523
16Maria Herrera🇪🇦Openbank Aspar TeamDucati+15.670
DNFJordi Torres🇪🇦Openbank Aspar TeamDucati
DNFTito Rabat🇪🇦Prettl Pramac MotoEDucati

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