Alex Marquez on Sunday celebrated a primary MotoGP win — even though handiest just about — in a “StayAtHomeGP” e-sports race that includes 10 most sensible riders, together with older brother and six-time global champion Marc Marquez.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has introduced are living recreation to a standstill, the 23-year-old Moto2 champion remains to be ready to debut within the most sensible class after shifting as much as spouse his brother at Repsol Honda.
The opening race in Qatar on March eight was once canceled and all different races as much as May 17 were postponed, with much more likely to be added.
The light-hearted on-line race, with riders becoming a member of remotely, was once placed on by means of the MotoGP organizer to offer fanatics one thing to look at, whilst reinforcing the message about staying secure at house.
“I am really pleased to win my first race,” stated Alex Marquez, whose brother has gained the previous 4 MotoGP titles, and triumphed in 12 of final 12 months’s 19 races with single-season issues and podiums data.
The Spaniard stated Indonesian e-sports racer Putut Maulana had given him some helpful pointers, which he had saved to himself out of sibling contention.
Italian Francesco Bagnaia was once 2d for Pramac Ducati, with Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales of Spain 3rd in a crash-strewn race over six laps round a virtual Italian Grand Prix circuit. Marc Marquez was once 5th.
“I enjoyed it a lot and I hope everyone who watched also had a good time,” Alex Marquez stated.
“Let’s hope that everyone continues to follow the advice of the doctors and scientists so that we can return to a more normal life, seeing friends and family, enjoying the outside and going racing,” he stated.
Second handiest to Italy in COVID-19 fatalities, Spain is making ready to go into its 3rd week underneath near-total lockdown with many of the inhabitants housebound because the country tries to curb the coronavirus outbreak.
Seven of Sunday’s 10 riders have been Spanish.
Petronas Yamaha’s French rider Fabio Quartararo got here fourth, and set the quickest lap, after ranging from pole place.
He took out long run teammate Vinales on the first nook of a chaotic opening lap.
“You need a different style in these kinds of races, so I had to adapt my strategy a little bit during the day,” stated Marc Marquez, who additionally crashed.
“A good time and I am really happy to be able to do something for the fans,” he stated.
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