Ahead of the race, Torres needed an eighth place finish or better to be crowned the 2020 World Cup winner, no matter what his rivals did. From pole position, Torres got a decent launch but not as good as Tuuli. The Finn grabbed the holeshot with Torres very tentative into Turn 3, as drama unfolded. Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) was down at Turn 3 and tagged the back of Torres, luckily the Spaniard wasn’t affected as Alejandro Medina (Openbank Aspar Team) also went down at Turn 3. Torres – by the skin of his teeth – emerged from the opening chicane unscathed, with Tuuli leading Di Meglio and Hook.