The second event with professional MotoGP riders competing online saw some close racing as MotoGP Virtual Race 2 took place on Sunday, April 12th, 2020.
The competitors included race one winner Alex Marquez, and his older brother, the 6-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. Other riders returning from the first MotoGP Virtual race on March 29th included Francesco Bagnaia, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quatararo. These were the top five last time out, and they’re now joined by five new challengers.
So, MotoGP Virtual Race 2 saw an online debut for Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro (possibly after some tips from new Ducati Corse eSports rider Andrea Saveri), Tito Rabat, Takaaki Nakagami, and the legendary Valentino Rossi.
The chosen venue for the race was the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. And the first corner saw chaos as almost the whole field collided. And the action continued throughout the race, coming down to a last lap battle between two riders for the lead.
With all motorsport indefinitely postponed, it will be interesting to see how riders might improve by competing in the #StayAtHomeGP series, and who may be practicing more in-between races.
The MotoGP eSport draft selection has also recently been completed with each official race team choosing one rider to participate, along with a reserve choice.
Ducati has picked reigning eSport champion Andrea Saveri (AndrewZH), while Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP continue with 2019 rider and double eSport champion Tastevere73, and Castrol LCR Honda will stick with their choice from last year, Moe.
2020 MotoGP eSports Draft Selection:
1. Williams_Cristian 70 points
2. Williams_Adrian 70 points
3. fenny5vr46_ 65 points
4. Riky 61 points
5. EleGhosT555 61 points
6. Juan_nh16 56 points
7. Jack Hammer4658 49 points
8. AndrewZh 49 points
9. JulitoCampeon15 42 points
10. trastevere73 42 points
11. Motero_1 40 points
12. XxBoMbeR_45xX 39 points
13. Joel_Clay 36 points
14. Davidegallina23 35 points
15. wallydj 33 points
16. Vindex813 33 points
Rest of the World Classification:
1. FooXz 75 points
2. MrTftw 75 points
3. Sanshoqueen 70 points
4. Moe 65 points
5. 阿仁_14 60 points
6. bushino46 53 points
So whether you’re inspired by MotoGP Virtual Race 2 or the upcoming MotoGP eSports championship, the next game in the franchise, MotoGP 20, is released on April 23rd, 2020.
You can add it to your wishlist on Steam for the PC, pre-order it digitally via the Microsoft Store for the Xbox One (and get the VIP Multiplayer pack for double credits, reputation and development points), and it will also become available via the PlayStation Store for the PS4 and Nintendo eShop for the Switch.
And you can keep up with the latest news and coverage of MotoGP 20, including esports series and more, right here.