(Motorsport-Total.com) – Two races, two different winners in the 2023 MotoE season opener at Le Mans (France). Matteo Ferrari (Gresini) won the second race on Saturday ahead of Jordi Torres (Aspar) and Hector Garzo (IntactGP) (on race results).
Matteo Ferrari set new lap records on the way to victory
“First of all, I have to thank my team for the great work between race 1 and race 2,” Ferrari said. “I gave my best every lap and I’m very happy about the result. For Gresini this is the 200th podium finish!”
Pole-sitter Ferrari went into the second race with a penalty. In the first race he crashed when the yellow flags were flying. The Italian received a long circuit penalty for this. Eight laps were also scheduled for the second race.
At the start Garzo won and came out of the Dunlop chicane as the leader ahead of Ferrari. Torres followed in the third. Randy Krummenacher (IntactGP) was fifth behind Nicolas Spinelli (Pons). At the start of the second lap, Ferrari led.
The Italian tried to open a gap in front and delayed his penalty. Garzo was unable to continue and lost second place to Torres. At the same time, Ferrari increased the speed and set a new lap record.
At the start of the fifth round, his Gresini team signaled to him on the pit board that it was time for a penalty. It was the last chance and Ferrari made a long lap. He settled back in third place behind Torres and Garzo.
Ferrari continued their fast pace and soon grabbed second place from Garzo. He chased down Torres for the final three laps. Ferrari was also fast on the two-time World Cup winner and put the pressure on.
As the final lap began, the Ferrari made a quick right-hand pass towards the Dunlop chicane. Torres couldn’t hold back anymore. Ferrari shook the Spaniard from his lane and claimed victory.
It was the eighth MotoE win overall for the 2019 World Cup winner. He is just two wins short of Eric Granado, who had to miss Le Mans due to injury.
Why couldn’t Torres keep Ferrari at bay? “After his mistakes in the first race, Matteo tried everything this time to get to the front. So this second race was very fast,” says the Spaniard.
“I tried to keep up with him, but I made some small mistakes. After Matteo passed me, I had to realize that the points to compete for second place are the most important thing for today’s championship.”
Torres and Garzo were on the podium as in the first race. The Pons duo Mattia Casadei and Spinelli followed close behind. Andrea Mantovani (RNF) finished sixth. Krummenacher did not have the best race and finished seventh.
Rounding out the top 10 were Kevin Zannoni (SIC58) and Tech3 teammates Alessandro Zaccone and Hikari Okubo. Former MotoGP rider Tito Rabat (Pramac) continued after an early crash to finish 16th and last. The only loser was Kevin Manfredi (SIC58) due to a fall.
After the first of eight MotoE weekends, Torres leads the championship standings by nine points ahead of Garzo. Ferrari and Krummenacher are 20 points behind (in the World Championship standings).
The weekend is over for the electric motorcycle arena. On Sunday they are no longer on the track. MotoE will also be a guest at the next Grand Prix in Italy. Both races will also take place at Mugello on Saturday.