Alex Márquez (Honda) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) dominated the first virtual MotoGP race of the year right from the start. The replacement program has served its purpose.
Before the first “Stay at home GP”, Francesco Bagnaia announced that he saw “good potential” on the virtual Mugello. By the way: According to mentor Valentino Rossi, who was not on the starting grid, the 2018 Moto2 World Champion at the game console is the strongest representative of the VR46 team.
“Pecco”, the only Italian in the field of participants in the eSports event, did not disappoint expectations: second place in the five-minute qualifying session was followed by second place in the first virtual MotoGP race of the year.
«It went well in qualifying. I started well, but two laps before the end I made a big mistake and crashed in Arrabbiata 1. A stupid crash, I caught one of the curbs, »said the Pramac Ducati driver. «I just tried to stay calm and follow Alex Márquez. He pushed a lot. »
Winner Alex Márquez only revealed his secret of success after the race: The Indonesian eSports rider Putut Maulana provided him with valuable tips for the right set-up. “I didn’t pass them on to Marc because we are teammates, but also rivals,” said the MotoGP rookie with a wink. «It was definitely a fun event, I’m looking forward to racing one more time. Let’s hope everyone follows the advice of doctors and experts so we can get back to a more normal life, see our friends and family, go outside, and race. ”
Pecco was also able to live with the result. “My first podium in MotoGP, albeit in #StayAtHomeGP,” he smiled. “I’m happy and I hope you all enjoyed it.” As a reminder: the Italian had only missed his first real podium in the premier class last year on Phillip Island by 0.055 sec.
The drivers definitely had a lot of fun with the MotoGP replacement program – and Pramac Ducati team manager Francesco Guidotti was also able to gain something from the event: «I really enjoyed the virtual race, it was great fun, even though I wasn’t really enthusiastic I’m a fan of video games. That means the mood is definitely positive – and now we can’t wait to get back on the racetrack. »
While the start of the 2020 MotoGP season is still a long way off due to the corona crisis, April 12th is a second date for the virtual series, which is of course not comparable in terms of sport, but at least for a bit of variety and good humor worries. Then representatives from the Ducati and Red Bull KTM factory teams should also be present, Dorna announced.