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Torres champion as Tuuli wins

Jordi Torres is crowned 2020 MotoE champion after a sixth place finish at Le Mans.

Niki Tuuli took the race victory after a tight battle with local driver Mike Di Meglio.

Torres had a good lead coming into the race, 18 points ahead of his title rival and starting from the front of the grid.

However, it was far from simple for the Pons Racing rider. Torres got a poor get away, and was then tapped from behind by another rider.

Remarkably, he managed to stay in control, though had dropped back to sixth.

At the front of the order, Tuuli and Di Meglio swapped positions. Tuuli led the race after the opening lap, but it wasn’t long before Di Meglio took the position back.

As they fought for the lead, Josh Hook joined the battle, briefly making it a three way fight for the lead, but he couldn’t keep pace with Tuuli and Di Meglio in the closing stages of the race.

Tuuli managed to put Di Meglio behind him in the closing stages of the race, but Di Meglio continued to try to find a way through or force a mistake. The Avant Ajo rider didn’t put a wheel wrong and held off Di Meglio to take the victory.

Hook completed the podium 1.024s back, with Dominique Aegerter fourth.

After the opening lap issues, Torres passed Maria Herreria for fifth, more than enough to seal the title. For a few laps, Herreria remained sixth, providing a buffer between the championship leader and Matteo Ferrari, who managed an impressive drive from the tail end of the grid.

Ferrari soon passed Herreria, though, and quickly closed in on Torres.

Knowing he would still lead the championship even behind Ferrari, Torres didn’t appear to fight his title rival too hard, though he would stick with Ferrari once he passed.

Ferrari ran out of laps before he could close the gap to Aegerter, settling for fifth. It was an impressive race for the Spaniard, but not enough to seal the title as he ended 17 points behind Torres.

Niccolo Canepa and Xavier Simeon passed Herrera late in the race to take seventh and eighth, while Xavier Cardelus rounded out the top 10.

Image courtesy of MotoGP

Bethonie Waring

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