The news was already official, but now we also have names. The third virtual race in the history of the MotoGP will take place on Sunday May 3rd at 3 pm, and it'll be an actual Grand Prix, with all three championship classes racing. A significant step forward, which will undoubtedly raise the show and entertainment level, also thanks to the use (for the first time) of the MotoGP20, the latest version of the Milestone series, already available to the public since April 23rd.
The premier class will have 11 riders compete in 13 laps, half the number compared to a real championship race, while 10 riders from the two minor classes will be doing 8 laps (35% of a "real" race) to show their skills with their joy pads in their hands. For a more realistic effect, there will be a real post-race press conference for each category, which will be broadcasted on the MotoGP's Instagram profile starting at 5pm.
Speaking of the line-ups, each team in the MotoGP will be represented by a single rider, with the exception of the Repsol Honda team (which will have both Marquez brothers) and the Tech3 team, which will be able to count on both Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira. Obviously, the winner of the last virtual race at the Red Bull Ring, Pecco Bagnaia, will also be present, as well as Maverick Vinales who, unlike during the Austrian stage, will not be joined by Valentino Rossi.
Danilo Petrucci and Lorenzo Salvadori will be defending the Azzuri along with Bagnaia. Salvadori will be making his "virtual" debut in the MotoGP riding an Aprilia.
As for the Moto2, there's no shortage of prominent names in the category. There will, in fact, be two Azzurri who got on the podium in Losail, namely Lorenzo Baldassarri and Enea Bastianini, with Luca Marini completing the team. The winner, Tetsuta Nagashima, will not be present, so Jorge Martin will replace him on team Ajo.
The Qatar winner will instead be present in the Moto3, since Albert Arenas confirmed that he'll be racing. As for the other Azzurri: Dennis Foggia, Niccolò Antonelli, Riccardo Rossi, and Tony Arbolino, they will all be present.
Below is the complete list of participants, class by class:
Repsol Honda Team: Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez
Ducati Team: Danilo Petrucci
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP: Maverick Viñales
Suzuki Ecstar: Alex Rins
Petronas Yamaha SRT: Fabio Quartararo
Pramac Racing: Francesco Bagnaia
Reale Avintia Racing: Tito Rabat
Red Bull KTM Tech 3: Miguel Oliveira, Iker Lecuona
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini: Lorenzo Savadori
Red Bull KTM Ajo: Jorge Martin
Flexbox HP 40: Lorenzo Baldassarri
Italtrans Racing Team: Enea Bastianini
American Racing: Marcos Ramirez
Beta Tools Speed Up: Jorge Navarro
Liqui Moly Intact GP: Marcel Schrötter
Aspar Team: Aron Canet
Petronas Sprinta Racing: Jake Dixon
NTS RW Racing GP: Bo Bendsneyder
Sky Racing Team VR46: Luca Marini
Aspar Team Gaviota: Albert Arenas
Leopard Racing: Dennis Foggia
SIC58 Squadra Corse: Niccolo Antonelli
Kömmerling Gresini Moto3: Gabriel Rodrigo
Rivacold Snipers Team: Tony Arbolino
Red Bull KTM Ajo: Raul Fernandez
Estrella Galicia 0,0: Sergio Garcia
Red Bull KTM Tech 3: Deniz Öncü
Sterilgarda Max Racing Team: Alonso Lopez
BOE Skull Rider Facile Energy: Ricardo Rossi