The third Online Challenge of the 2021 MotoGP™ eSport Championship requires gamers to take on the ferociously fast Silverstone Circuit, the scene of the British Grand Prix.
Here, any eSport hopefuls will be utilising Maverick Viñales’ silky smooth Yamaha M1, a machine that has won out four times at this venue in the past ten years.
Once a runway for the British airforce, Silverstone was converted into a race circuit took over from the TT on the Isle of Man to host its first British Grand Prix in 1977. A host of memorable events followed, with Kenny Roberts Senior and Barry Sheene’s infamous 1978 duel still talked of with fondness by the British public to this day.
The British Grand Prix moved to Donington Park in 1987 and stayed there until 2009. But from 2010 Silverstone has hosted Britain’s flagship motorsport event, with a host of famous duels – Jorge Lorenzo’s epic victory over Marc Marquez in 2013 and Alex Rins’ last gasp win against Marquez in 2019 included – the same gaining a place in grand prix folklore.
It’s a challenging layout like no other. Despite being nearly completely flat, Silverstone’s layout is ultra-fast, with a host of fast bends taken in fourth and fifth gear punctuated by slow, sharp hairpins. High amounts of corner speed and good handling are a requisite to set a competitive lap time. This Challenge will take place between 1st-4th April.
In this challenge all gamers will be able to compete across multiple platforms. In 2021 the MotoGP™ eSport Championship will once again be played on the official MotoGP™ videogame from videogame developer, publisher and longstanding partner Milestone.
The Pro Draft kicks off in March as four Online Challenge decide which names make it into the next phase, the Pro Draft Selection. A total of 22 names can qualify for this phase (with the three winners of last year’s Rising Stars Series also achieving a place, meaning there will be 25 in total), where MotoGP™ teams pick the competitor to represent them in the main event: the Global Series.