Talk about starting in style! The 2022 MotoGP™ eSport Championship opens with contest that packs a punch: fans from around the world can vote for one of four legendary rider-machine combinations to use for the second Online Challenge of the season.
The second of four Online Challenges in the Pro Draft takes place from 17th to 20th March and requires gamers from around the world to post the fastest time at the legendary track of Donington Park as they vie for a place in the Draft Selection.
Before that, fans and possible competitors of the MotoGP™ eSport Championship must decide which vintage rider and machine will be designated for that second Challenge. Votes will be cast on 23rd of February at MotoGP and MotoGP eSport Social Media channels
You could be pushing Honda’s brilliant but feisty NSR500 to its limits, Yamaha’s sweet handling YZF500 or Suzuki’s brilliant RG500. Your vote could be pivotal in deciding which one!
Whichever rider/bike gets the highest number across the social media channels will then be the combination gamers must use in the second Online Challenge of the year, to be contested at Donington Park, the venue for the British Grand Prix from 1987 to 2009.
The four options available are mouth-watering: the first is the brilliant Texan Kevin Schwantz and the 1993 Suzuki RG500 on which he won his one and only 500cc World Championship.
The second is Wayne Rainey’s Yamaha YZF500 from 1993, adorned in vintage red and white colours with the ‘1’ plate. This was the bike on which the brilliant Californian pushed Schwantz all the way in a vintage duel for the 500cc title.
The legendary bike could also be Mick Doohan’s wild 1994 Honda NSR500, which carried the Australian to the first of five world titles. Using HRC’s beautiful red and white colour scheme for that year, this bike definitely looks the part.
And the final option is Alex Crivillé’s Repsol Honda NSR500 from 1999, the year he became Spain’s first ever premier class champion courtesy of winning six races. No doubt, this will be a popular pick for many fans and competitors on the Iberian peninsula!
Now it’s time to think back to vintage battles of the 90s and get voting. A place in the Selection Draft is at stake!