2019 eSport champ and Ducati Lenovo eSport Team’s AndrewZh set pole position for both races, signalling his intentions to get back to the front after a tough 2020. And it was all action from the start of race one, as early contact between Monster Energy Yamaha’s Trast73 and Suzuki ECSTAR’s Williams_Cristian when disputing the lead allowed a host of other names through.
The drama didn’t end there, as there was further contact when AndrewZh and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jack Hammer4658 came together at turn one at the start of the second lap. That allowed Adriaan_26, the reigning MotoGP™ Champion, and Trast73 through. From there, it was a classic cat-and-mouse contest, with Trast73 shadowing his rival.
The pair have history. They both contested the 2020 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series until the very last race, and this contest showed 2021 is poised to follow suit. Adriaan_26 showed he is an expert at dealing with relentless pressure, with the Spaniard resisting Trast73’s attention and winning by just 0.402s.
While two established names were battling up front, a Global Series rookie turned heads with a stunning performance in third. LCR Honda Castrol eSport Team’s PieroRicciuti55 was a brilliant third, ahead of fellow Global Series newcomer Jack Hammer4658, who recovered well from a crash on the second lap to finish fourth, with AndrewZh fifth.