• Ryan Gabel

Another One Bites the Dust

Dorna, the owner of MotoGP, announced today that the French GP would be yet another cancelled race on this years calendar. That makes the Italian GP in Mugello to be the first race of the season on May 31st, however that may be unlikely given the current state of virus impacts in Italy.

The deadly CoronaVirus, or COVID-19 is affecting the entire globe, and MotoGP is just one of the international sporting events that is struggling to rescue a season and no doubt, much needed profits. With the deadly CoronaVirus Heavily impacting Italy, it is unlikely we’ll get to see a race in Mugello, at least not in May.

One thing MotoGP did do for needy fans was host a virtual race featuring riders like Marc Marquez and Alex Rins on the popular MotoGP19 video game. The riders came together live for a time qualifying followed by a six lap race. The event was extremely positive and well received among fans. We can look forward to the second virtual race taking place on Sunday April 12th.

The riders were plenty competitive throughout the six lap ordeal. MotoGP is as much a mental sport as it is physical with riders always looking to gain an edge over their opponents. This was obviously a priority for Fabio Quateraro as he forced his virtual motorcycle into pole position. His momentum would not remain with him however as he crashed out during the first lap in a tussle with other riders.

The virtual race ended with Alex Marquez, brother of multiple world champion Marc Marquez, taking the race win accompanied on the podium by Francesco Bagnia and Maverick Vinales.

The riders all seemed to be in good spirits as they jolted each other with friendly banter throughout the broadcast.

Although the start of the 2020 MotoGP season looms even further in the distance, we can thank Dorna for organizing entertaining content in the mean time, while keeping the health and safety of its employees and racers a top priority.

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