The second ever MotoGP Virtual Race saw some new riders compared to the previous one, where some big names as Valentino Rossi, Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro, Tito Rabat and Takaaki Nagakami were absent. This time, these guys made their appearance on track, but we did not have Suzuki riders, while Marquez’s brothers, Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales were once again competing for the victory.
Race and qualifying were set in Austria at Red Bull Ring, with Francesco Bagnaia who made the fastest lap and started on pole position ahead of Maverick Vinales for just 38 thousandths of a second, while first ever Virtual GP winner Alex Marquez qualified in 3rd.
Start was once again chaotic and funny, with a lot of riders crashed, letting Vinales and Bagnaia running alone with the two guys who engaged a nice battle for the first position, with Yamaha riders who made his move on the Italian in the middle of the race. Francesco did not give up anyway and his tenacity paid off as long as Maverick crashed with two laps to go.
Meanwhile, Marquez’s brother were involved in a duel for last podium position after falling down due to Takaaki Nakagami who ruled out both before crashing alone. A small mistake from the older Marquez made the job a little bit easier for Alex, who ended in third, with Marc 4th and Fabio Quartararo behind them after a stunning comeback where he overtook Danilo Petrucci in the final laps.
Valentino Rossi tried the same on the last corner but did not have enough luck and fell down finishing in 7th ahead of Takaaki Nakagami, Michele Pirro and Tito Rabat.
If you ever thought fight for the win was over, you could not be more wrong than that. Maverick Vinales, after the crash, pushed again over the limit and closed the gap on Bagnaia just on the last lap where the two engage a stunning fight for the win.
The Spaniard tried his winning move on turn 4, but the Italian replicated immediately with a superb move (just a little bit illegal going on the grass, but it is just a videogame) and created the gap he needed to win the race and got the second ever Virtual GP. Vinales could not do anything but gave everything and made a fantastic job in a really fun and spectacular race to watch.