The third Virtual Race of this 2020 will be held Sunday, May 3rd. After Mugello and the Red Bull Ring, the spotlight will be on the Jerez track, where the Moto2 and Moto3 riders will also be debuting.
In short, we're expecting a tried and true binge-racing weekend. Obviously, much of the attention will be on the premier class, with Bagnaia looking for an encore, while Vinales will be hungry for revenge after his second place fifteen days ago.
The Spanish rider will be the only Yamaha rider, since Valentino Rossi won't be participating. And it's precisely the Doctor, on the MotoGP.com channel, who explained his reason for not racing: “Only Maverick will compete in the Virtual Grand Prix because we had to choose one rider for each team ," #46 explained. "I thought it was better to leave room for Maverick who is much more competitive than me."
Valentino continued: “I had a lot of fun. I'm not really fast with games because I'm old ," he added. "I grew up with the PlayStation that my mother gave me and, when I was younger, I played a lot, but I preferred to compete with cars, so I've never been really competitive with the MotoGP games. I trained the week before, and I honestly had a lot of fun," he concluded. Pecco and Maverick are very fast, but the best part for me was to battle with Petrucci until the last corner."
In short, who knows if his next challenge will be behind the wheel of an F1. The jump from two to four wheels could be shorter than you think, virtually speaking.