Solid debut in virtual competition for Martin and Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto203/05/2020
The Spanish rider finishes fifth in the Red Bull Virtual Spanish Grand Prix, the first eSports race for the Moto2 class.
Jorge Martin and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team took part in the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix this Sunday. The Spaniard adapted well to eSports competition, setting the fastest lap of the contest, and placed fifth despite two incidents at the beginning of the race. The first ever virtual Moto2 contest was an event with all the tension of a normal GP weekend.
The lights at the virtual version of the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit went out to start an 8-lap race with 10 riders. Jorge Martin had a tricky opening to the contest, crashing twice, but the Red Bull KTM Ajo talent remounted and was highly competitive in the final stretch, climbing to fifth position.
1. Lorenzo Baldassarri 13:22.073
2. Jake Dixon +3.025
3. Bo Bendsneyder +5.210
4. Luca Marini 8.941
5. Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +10.024
88 JORGE MARTIN
“This was a very good experience! A Top 5 in our first virtual race is a positive result. We made a strong fight back, despite the fact that at the beginning of the race I crashed and was knocked down. I even set the fastest lap at the end!
It’s harder than it seems. I must confess that, before the start, I was more nervous than for a normal contest. My hands were shaking! It’s a different way of racing and, since it’s not so physical, you tire out more mentally.
I hope that the fans have enjoyed the Virtual Spanish Grand Prix today. Hopefully we can get back to regular competition soon, but it’s good if this has entertained them and they’ve had a great time.”