MotoGP set to bring fans a Virtual Race, VideoPass access

MADRID: With the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak, and taking a cue from Formula 1, MotoGP announced it is putting "everything at fans’ fingertips" with a virtual race.

Virtual Race
Soon, some of the sport’s biggest names – from Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and teammate Maverick Viñales to the likes of Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and reigning champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – will be back in action, but this time online playing the official MotoGP videogame from developer Milestone. 

As the MotoGP eSport Championship powers on for 2020, there is no better time to see what they’ve got in virtual reality… and on Sunday, we will!

The track for the Virtual Race will be the Autodromo del Mugello, with six laps around the digital rendition of one of the world’s greatest racetracks set to decide the first ever Virtual Race winner. And just before it gets underway, a five-minute qualifying time attack will decide the grid. The whole event, including qualifying, will be broadcast at 15:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday the 29th of March on, and selected TV broadcasters, as well as across social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport channels), MotoGP eSport Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (via both the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport pages).

Alongside the Virtual Race, is making all content – from races to interviews to documentaries – free to watch with a VideoPass trial that’s valid until MotoGP racing starts again (excluding France and Italy). It includes the race archive stretching back to 1992 and up to the 2020 Qatar GP, giving fans chance to enjoy each and every moment in recent MotoGP history whenever they want.

All documentaries are also free, 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).

Social Media
Fan engagement and entertainment can also be found across social media platforms. MotoGP recently asked for fan art on Twitter using the hashtag #MotoGPArt – the best of which can be found in a virtual gallery. There are also quizzes twice a week on Instagram stories, as well as plenty of content from both the Championship and riders on TikTok. New series on IGTV, Facebook and YouTube also keep the content coming, and MotoGP is also showing classic races on Facebook Live several times a week.