The penultimate race of the season turned out to be an eventful one. Poleman Jordi Torres clinched victory as the checkered flag and emerged as the new championship leader with just one race to go as Matteo Ferrari crashed out of the restarted race.
Spain’s Torres had started the day on the right foot, setting pole position in qualifying. His strike went on as he took the win in Le Mans, being able to collect points which put him on top of the world standings in the penultimate race of the season.
This meant the standings suffered quite some changes after the first round of the French Grand Prix. Matteo Ferrari, who had arrived in France as the championship leader, had a point-less first round after suffering a crash that cost him the retirement from the race.
Though he is still a candidate for the title, Torres is now 18 points ahead of him, and there is just one race left to define who is taking this year’s crown.
The race was an eventful one, with four drivers not being able to finish. Red flags were deployed due to a crash Mattia Casadei suffered, which put him out of the race. The driver was harmless after his incident.
Dominique Aegerter did not have an easy Saturday either, falling off his bike and finishing the race at the bottom of the standings. He was involved in a crash that also left Xavier Simeon and Niccolo Canepa out of the race.
As Torres crossed the finish line positioning himself as the strongest candidate for the championship, Mike di Meglio came second behind him and Niki Tuuli finished in third.
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