MotoGP Virtual Race 2 will be run on Sunday, April 12, at 9 a.m. EDT. Although the entry list and track has not yet been announced, there will be both returning MotoGP racers from the first round at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, along with competitors who missed the inaugural race last month. As before, the race will be viewable on a wide variety of platforms, including the MotoGP YouTube channel.Alex Márquez, Pecco Bagnaia, and Maverick Viñales made up the podium. Race 1 polesitter Fabio Quartararo will be looking to improve on his P4 first-round finish. Using various digital platforms, over three million people viewed Race 1.
Viewers were able to watch the race, along with the reactions of the riders as they competed against each other.The MotoGP riders are competing on the MotoGP19 game, which is developed and published by Milestone. MotoGP20 is due to be released on April 23. MotoGP 20 gives players the power to adjust the engine power, chassis, aerodynamics, electronics, fuel consumption, and livery of the virtual MotoGP motorcycles they are racing.In MotoGP eSport Championship news, Ducati Corse eSport has signed 2019 MotoGP eSport World Champion AndrewZh (real name: Andrea Saveri) to its team. Not simply a gamer, Saveri is a motorcycle enthusiast, was born in Bologna, and comes from a family of Ducatista.“Innovation, progress, and technology are part of Ducati DNA, and that is why we have decided to commit in this new adventure,” said Ducati Corse Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti. “eSport is an entertainment platform that has grown quickly during the last years. We were already discussing this relationship with Andrea before he became World Champion in order to be able to dress him with the official colors of Ducati Corse, riding a virtual Desmosedici GP bike, for the 2020 World Championship.”“Becoming an official Ducati rider and wearing the colors of the squad from Borgo Panigale is a dream come true,” Saveri said. “Although it is a tough moment for the world, we were able to compete in the ProDraft. It was not easy to gain access to the final challenge, as this year the level is very high. It will be a special season, during which I hope to be able to repay all the trust that Ducati put on me by getting good results.”The 2020 eSport World Championship will consist of four races where the qualifying riders will compete head-to-head as they did at the final 2019 MotoGP round in Valencia.
MotoGP Virtual Race Series Standings
Alex Márquez, Repsol Honda Team, 25 points (1 win)
Pecco Bagnaia, Pramac Racing Ducati, 20
Maverick Viñales, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, 16
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!