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Seeing that the stoppage of the MotoGP World Championship is going on for a long time due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dorna continues to seek methods to entertain fans. If a few days ago you released your entire historical archive, now has organized a virtual Italian Grand Prix for next Sunday.
MotoGP thus points to the idea that Formula 1 has already undertaken, which is organizing a parallel world championship with virtual races. At the moment, MotoGP is not going that far and has only announced the celebration of a race. It will be with the MotoGP19 video game and will have the presence of several stars of the world cup.
Marc Márquez, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo and Álex Rins, confirmed drivers
The appointment will be next Sunday, March 29, starting at 3:00 p.m. The chosen circuit is Mugello, the natural habitat of the Italian Grand Prix. The presence of four great stars of the MotoGP World Championship has already been confirmed: Marc Márquez, Maverick Viñales, Álex Rins and Fabio Quartararo.
It will be a great opportunity to see how real drivers perform in this type of virtual race. There had been talk of the presence of Valentino Rossi, who at 41 may have a considerable disadvantage in this of video games. However, his name does not appear in the official MotoGP statement.
"I'm not very fast with video games," acknowledges Rossi. " I remember the first PlayStation I had was thirteen years old, my mother bought it for me and I came home very happy. "However, the current generation has grown up with video games. Rossi explains that" Pecco Bagnaia and my brother Luca (Marini), for example, are very good with video games. command".
Of course, the race will be quite short. Only six laps, although there will be a five-minute qualifying session before that. The race can be followed live and for free on the MotoGP YouTube channel, as well as through their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts and even through their website.
On April 23, the 2020 version of the MotoGP video game developed by Milestone will go on sale with all the riders, circuits and colors of this new course, in addition to several technical improvements. We will see if this Italian Grand Prix is only a starting gun to organize a whole World Cup alternative for the duration of the quarantine.
For now MotoGP's convening power is being much greater than that of Formula 1. The premier class of motorsports celebrated its first virtual race last Sunday with a Bahrain Grand Prix attended by only two real drivers from the grid: Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi. It seems that MotoGP riders have more interest.