With the coronavirus prevention sidelining all major motorsport events, for the time being, racing fans are surely bored. MotoGP has decided to follow the lead of Formula 1 by announcing its own e-sports virtual race called “#StayAtHomeGP”.
MotoGP superstars such as Maverick Viñales of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha SRT, Alex Rins of Team Suzuki Ecstar and reigning Champion Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team will be taking part in this endeavor to encourage fans to stay at home to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first event will be a six-lap race this coming Sunday, at the stunning Autodromo del Mugello competed by the racing stars via the official MotoGP video game.
The virtual race, including the qualifying session, will be live-streamed, fans can catch it at 9 PM Manila Time on Sunday, March 29 via http://www.motogp.com, https://esport.motogp.com, as well as across MotoGP's official social media platforms such as their YouTube channel, MotoGP eSport Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Free VideoPass trial offer
MotoGP also announced that they are offering a free trial of their exclusive VideoPass which shows race archives and documentaries. The race archives range from 1992 up to the 2020 Qatar GP. Documentaries covering everything from Marc Marquez’ many glories to the likes of fellow World Champions Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, as well as the history of the sport. The first two episodes of Off the Racing Line are also available, focusing on life off-track for Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).
The complimentary VideoPass trial will stay free until racing resumes.