After this first ever Virtual Race was announced on Wednesday, the feedback from the MotoGP™ community, fans, partners and more has showed an incredible, unprecedented level of interest in the concept, with giants of sports broadcasting set to bring the event to audiences around the world. Dorna Sports can therefore announce another showdown as we await the return of MotoGP™ track action, giving fans some more competition to look forward to: Virtual Race 2.
The MotoGP™ Podcast team are back and raring to go in 2020 as an in-depth chat with Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig kicks off proceedings. And this year, the MotoGP™ Podcast is bigger and better than ever before. Now, the show will be available everywhere from Apple and Google Podcasts to Spotify, Soundcloud and more – making it easier than ever for our incredible audience to engage with MotoGP™. A new episode will be published every week beginning on the 27th of March, with a new one every Monday thereafter.
Kicking off the season very soon will be Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig, who gives us the lowdown on quarantine life, his reaction to HRC’s preseason, managing an 8-time World Champion and more. Keep your eyes on motogp.com and across social media to see when the episode will be available, plus more information about cool changes to the Podcast for 2020!
The preseason test at Oschersleben, originally planned for the 4th to the 5th of April, will now be rescheduled. However, the format will be maintained: the day before the test, there will be a day of administrative verifications, briefings and photo/videoshoots for the riders and teams, followed by two days reserved for track action. The new test date will be announced with a minimum of two weeks notice to allow plenty of time for preparation.
“Apart from watching Netflix, films, and reading books, I’m Facetiming with family and friends, playing on the PlayStation, and ordering the house and the garage a little bit! I’m not watching so many races, but I’m watching some practice sessions where I finished quickest or where I’m proud of the lap I did, like the qualifying in Jerez.”
The announcement from the FIM, IRTA and Dorna regarding the postponement of the Red Bull Gran Premio de España entails the postponement of the first MotoE™ event of the season, which was also set to be held at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from the 1st to the 3rd of May. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has obliged the events to be postponed.
The FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports regret to announce the postponement of the Red Bull Gran Premio de España, which was set to be held at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto from the 1st to the 3rd of May. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has obliged the event to be rescheduled.
Broadcasters will include SKY Italy, Canal+ in France, DAZN in Spain and DACHS, BT Sport in the UK, Servus in Austria and Germany, Eurosport in the Netherlands, OTE in Greece, SwissTV in Switzerland, Viasat in Sweden, Pop in Slovenia, SportTV in Portugal, Sport5 Israel, Sportklub in Serbia, MTV Finland, NBC in the USA and ESPN in Latin America, amongst others.
The track for the Virtual Race will be the stunning 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 motogp.com, esport.motogp.com 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).