Most of this year’s MotoGP title contenders will compete online this weekend, as the motorcycle series becomes the latest to offer an esports option to fans.
Marc Márquez and new Honda team-mate, brother Alex, have signed up for the first MotoGP Virtual Race on Sunday, with no sign yet that real-life racing will resume soon.
They will be joined by Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins, ensuring that the grid contains four of last year’s top five championship finishers.
The six lap race around Mugello, using the official MotoGP game, will come after a five-minute qualifying time attack to decide the start positions.
Aleix Espargaro, Joan Mir, Iker Lecuona, Miguel Oliveira and Francesco Bagnaia will also take part but Valentino Rossi, who was expected to race, has withdrawn.
Live coverage of the race starts at 2pm GMT at motogp.com; the series’ social media channels and some TV broadcasters.
Gamers at MotoGP’s esport championships earlier this year