• Ryan Gabel

The Virtual MotoGP Season

While the actual 2020 MotoGP season continues to sit in purgatory, at least fans can relish in some virtual racing.

The current calendar shows the first race of the season taking place on June 21st at the Sachsenring in Germany. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta is now discussing the possibility of a ten round MotoGP season in 2020.

In the meantime, the operating organization for MotoGP, Dorna, continues to try and satisfy fans not only by releasing full race footage of historic races both on its website and the series’ YouTube page, but the masterminds at Dorna have also created a virtual race series consisting of the professional riders themselves.

The racing takes place on line via xbox or playstation using the MotoGP2019 video game. The virtual tracks are replicas that the actual MotoGP series would visit such as the famous Red Bull Ring which was the site of the most recent race, or the infamous circuit at Mugello in Italy which hosted the inaugural virtual race at the end of March.

This race held plenty of excitement as we begin to see some riders showing lots of video game talent. Francesco Bagnaia wound up on pole for this race followed by Maverick Vinales and Alex Marquez who we saw topping the time sheets at the previous circuit.

The race got off to an interesting start with multiple riders crashing into turn one. Luckily all of the virtual characters were unharmed as their bikes fired off down the straight in pursuit of Maverick and Bagnaia who were already creating a gap at the front.

While chasing the leading pack the World Champion Marc Marquez got caught up in a couple of tussles with fellow ride Taka Nakagami causing the two to crash. Marc would recover to a lonely fourth place where he would spend much of the race chasing his younger bother Alex who would finish in third.

Finally, the battle at the top went to Bagnaia as the Pramac Ducati rider was able to just squeeze out the win over the Yamaha of Vinales who fought all the way to the final turn.

The race was entertaining especially including new faces like that of Michelle Pirro and Valentino Rossi who were in attendance for the over 40 crowd as well as the bright personality of Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

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