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Rossi set to make delayed MotoGP esports debut

by Jack Benyon
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After withdrawing his entry from the opening round, Valentino Rossi is set for his MotoGP esports debut this weekend alongside a number of the series’ star riders.

Rossi had entered the opening round at Mugello – which was later won by Honda rider Alex Marquez (pictured below) – but Rossi withdrew his entry before the start of the weekend.

MotoGP virtual race

The seven-time MotoGP champion Rossi has now entered this weekend’s race at the Red Bull Ring, alongside Honda team-mates Alex and Marc Marquez.

Filling in for a lack of a real-life season as the coronavirus pandemic continues to halt motorsport, the all-star grid will also feature new entries from Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci and LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami as 10 riders line up for the race.

The race itself will feature a five-minute qualifying session before 10 laps of Austria’s Red Bull Ring – a track that may give expert gamer, Pramac Ducati rider and runner-up at Mugello, Francesco Bagnaia – a distinct advantage going into Sunday’s race.

The event will be shown in full on Sunday April 12 at 1400 UK time, with qualifying broadcast before the race.

Fans can watch on motogp.com and esport.motogp.com, on selected TV broadcasters, and across social media platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Red Bull Ring entry list

Honda: Alex Marquez, Marc Marquez
Ducati: Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro
Yamaha: Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales
Petronas SRT: Fabio Quartararo
Pramac Ducati: Pecco Bagnaia
LCR Honda: Takaaki Nakagami
Avintia Ducati: Tito Rabat

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