The MotoGP eSport World Title challenge gets underway this weekend with the first of six challenges. It will result in the two quickest competitors qualifying for the Grand Final which will be held in Valencia on November 11th. The eventual champion will be rewarded a BMW 240i M-Series Sedan and the title “MotoGP eSports Champion”.
The world championship is effectively comprised of six challenges, with the first two awarding two places in the final and the final four each having three slots up for grabs.
The first track will see competitors use Marc Marquez on the HRC Honda to race the Circuito de Jerez, a Spanish track that spans 2.75 miles with 5-8 corners and a longest straight of 607 metres. Competitors must first partake in the “Time Attack” session and through each challenge those entering must prove their worth.
Should a competitor match or better the qualifying time, they will proceed to the next class. Should there be an exceptional lap time, riders will be sent straight to the second phase — the MotoGP Challenge.
From the MotoGP Challenge, the two riders that post the quickest lap world-wide will be invited with VIP access to the Grand Final event in Valencia at the “Grand Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana” come November. The challenge is open from the 27th July through to the 6th August.
Should riders wish to race the famous British Silverstone track, the challenge will be undertaken in typically wet British conditions between the 24th August and 3rd September as Sam Lowes, part of Team Aprila. Challenge 5 will see riders play as Valentino Rossi in Aragon. All of it culminates in Valencia, where the grandstands seat up to 150,000 spectators and the circuit layout means that every area can be seen from any seat in the stand.
Esports Insider says: An interesting esports concept where theoretically you won’t even see another player until you get to Valencia. As it’s all a time-trial, you’re purely relying on your speed and no one else will be there to interfere. The prize is interesting and for an avid racing fan surely it’s a great opportunity. It’ll be interesting to see how it does.