The Spanish Grand Prix was supposed to take place on May 3rd at the Circuito de Jerez. It would be the fifth race of the season MotoGP been, but due to the corona pandemic none of the scheduled races could take place so far. The racing scene has for some time been shifting to the virtual as an alternative.
Two races have already taken place online, one in Mugello, the other in Spielberg. For the third date, you chose the date Jerez, where you really should be driving. Therefore, this time the event operates under the name “Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain” as an official virtual GP.
As such, it not only includes the premier class; for the first time, Moto2 and Moto3 are also included. While there are ten riders in each of the small classes, in MotoGP each team can send one pilot into the race. With Repsol-Honda, LCR-Honda and Tech-3-KTM, there are three exceptions.
As the reigning world champion team, Repsol sends both drivers. Tech 3 is also occupied twice, since it takes over the starting position from the KTM factory team. LCR, on the other hand, is completely missing in the line-up. Neither Cal Crutchlow nor Takaaki Nakagami are there on Sunday. Technical uncertainties are obviously to blame.
The complete starter lists for each class:
Repsol-Honda: Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez
Ducati: Danilo Petrucci
Yamaha: Maverick Vinales
Suzuki: Alex Rins
Petronas-Yamaha: Fabio Quartararo
Pramac-Ducati: Francesco Bagnaia
Avintia-Ducati: Tito Rabat
Tech-3-KTM: Miguel Oliveira, Iker Lecuona
Aprilia: Lorenzo Savadori
Ajo-Motorsport: Jorge Martin
Pons Racing: Lorenzo Baldassarri
Italtrans: Enea Bastianini
American racing: Marcos Ramirez
Speed-up: Jorge Navarro
IntactGP: Marcel Schrötter
Aspar: Aron Canet
Petronas Sprinta: Jake Dixon
NTS: Bo Bendsneyder
Sky-Racing VR46: Luca Marini
Aspar: Albert Arenas
Leopard Racing: Dennis Foggia
SIC58: Niccolo Antonelli
Gresini: Gabriel Rodrigo
Snipers: Tony Arbolino
Ajo-Motorsport: Raul Fernandez
Estrella-Galicia: Sergio Garcia
Tech 3: Deniz Öncü
Max Racing: Alonso Lopez
BOE-Mugen: Ricardo Rossi
Follow the virtual Grand Prix via live stream
Play for the first time via PlayStation with the current MotoGP video game this year, which was released on April 23. The starting shot is at 3 p.m. CEST, with Moto3 starting this time, followed by Moto2 and MotoGP. The race distance in the small classes is eight laps, in the premier class there are 13 laps.
There is a qualifying session before each race, but only the highlights are shown. The whole show is on motogp.com and esport.motogp.com as well as the corresponding social media platforms free of charge. Broadcasts in Germany and Austria servusmotogp.com the virtual Grand Prix in the stream.
When the action is over, there will be a press conference for each class as in the case of a normal race weekend. This can be followed on MotoGP’s official Instagram account. The schedule for this is MotoGP for 5 p.m., Moto2 for 5:30 p.m. and Moto3 for 6 p.m. CEST.
But the virtual Grand Prix should not only serve for entertainment, but also for a good cause. Together with Two Wheels for Life wants to raise funds to work against the corona virus and other dangerous diseases, especially in Africa. Donations can be made up to one week after the Grand Prix.