News 30 Mar 2020

Alex Marquez victorious in first Virtual MotoGP race

Rookie comes out on top in Mugello online gaming thriller.

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Repsol Honda Team’s Alex Marquez managed to avoid the chaos around him to clinch an impressive victory on his MotoGP ‘debut’ in Sunday’s first ever Virtual MotoGP Race staged at Mugello.

The inaugural Stay At Home GP was filled with thrills and spills as 10 MotoGP riders put on a show to bring a little light relief and entertainment to a tough time for many.

Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo started the race from familiar territory after the Frenchman stormed to pole position in the five-minute qualifying session that preceded the race.

After an early incident between Quartararo and 2021 teammate Maverick Vinales, Alex Marquez and Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia avoided the incident and were able to break clear.

An action-packed outing with numerous clashes and errors eventually saw Alex Marquez cross the line first, joined on the podium by Bagnaia and Vinales, despite going down multiple times across the six-lap affair.

Quartararo ended up fourth, despite setting the fastest lap of the race with his final lap, with world champion Marc Marquez completing the top five.

It was Alex Rins came out on top in the battle of the Suzuki teammates after he took sixth, ahead of Joan Mir in seventh, with Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), his teammate Iker Lecuona and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro completing the top 10.

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