Filling The Gap: Dorna Announce Virtual Race With Top MotoGP Riders, Free Access To Videopass Content

With on-track racing a distant prospect for the foreseeable future, Dorna is acting to fill the hole created by the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, they announced that on Sunday, March 29th, they will be holding a virtual race around Mugello using the official MotoGP video game.

The race is to start at 3pm CET, and will feature some of the top MotoGP riders playing the game. Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, and Marc Marquez have all signed up for Sunday's virtual race.

In addition, Dorna is opening up its video vault to everyone. It is making all of the contents of the MotoGP.com website available for free, to anyone who signs up, with the exception of users in France and Italy, for contractual reasons. Users can register for the videopass, and gain access to all of the races in the MotoGP.com archive, as well as documentaries, features, and more. Watching the races from different camera angles, on board and the helicopter, is highly recommended.

The free access to the videopass content will end once racing resumes once again, whenever that is.

The Dorna press release appears below:


MotoGP™ set to bring fans a Virtual Race, VideoPass access and more
On motogp.com and across social media, we're focused on bringing fans more of what they love, when they need it

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

For most, MotoGP™ is more than a sport, it’s a passion, and that can make a long break away from racing difficult for any fan. But with the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak, the challenges many face at the moment far outweigh those of simply missing out on sport or entertainment. And that’s why MotoGP™ is putting everything at fans’ fingertips to try and add a little sunshine back into a difficult daily life – starting, but by no means ending, with a Virtual Race.

Virtual Race

Soon, some of the sport’s biggest names – from Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and teammate Maverick Viñales to the likes of Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – will be back in action, but this time online playing the official MotoGP™ videogame from developer Milestone. As the MotoGP™ eSport Championship powers on for 2020, there is no better time to see what they’ve got in virtual reality… and on Sunday, we will!

The track for the Virtual Race will be the stunning Autodromo del Mugello, with six laps around the digital rendition of one of the world’s greatest racetracks set to decide the first ever Virtual Race winner. And just before it gets underway, a five-minute qualifying time attack will decide the grid. The whole event, including qualifying, will be broadcast at 15:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday the 29th of March on motogp.com, esport.motogp.com and selected TV broadcasters, as well as across social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport channels), MotoGP™ eSport Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (via both the MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport pages).

VideoPass

It doesn't stop there. As well as the Virtual Race, fans can now enjoy a whole host more racing as motogp.com makes all content – from races to interviews to documentaries and everything in between – free to watch with a VideoPass trial that’s valid until racing starts again*. It includes the race archive stretching back to 1992 and up to the 2020 Qatar GP, giving fans chance to enjoy each and every moment in recent MotoGP™ history whenever they want.

All documentaries are also free, covering everything from Marc Marquez’ many glories to the likes of fellow World Champions Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, as well as the history of the sport. The first two episodes of Off the Racing Line are also available, focusing on life off-track for Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).

Social Media

Fan engagement and entertainment can also be found across social media platforms. MotoGP™ recently asked for fan art on Twitter to celebrate the creative, with some truly incredible talent shining through from across the globe using the hashtag #MotoGPArt – the best of which can be found in a virtual gallery HERE. There are also quizzes twice a week on Instagram stories, as well as plenty of content from both the Championship and riders on TikTok. New series on IGTV, Facebook and YouTube also keep the content coming, and MotoGP™ is also showing classic races on Facebook Live several times a week.

So as we wait for the sunshine to return, get in gear to enjoy some eSport competition and watch the likes of Rossi take on our Virtual Race. And then go back through the archives to re-watch everything you love and catch up on anything you’ve missed – and make sure to stay tuned to social media as we wait it out. Together.

*excluding France and Italy

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Comments

I didn't renew my VideoPass subscription early this year. I hope Dorna make current subscribers whole somehow, either by offering refunds or extending their subscriptions for the 2021 season. Any word?

Colour me 'old' and/or 'trad' if you wish, but isn't the whole point of motorcycle racing to pit real people on real machines on real tracks against real risks for... admittedly aritificial and transitory reward?  Fzck video games, says I!

... but none of that is happening at the moment.

The 'Not the X Grand Prix' online races for Formula 1 have been quite entertaining. Not least to see which of the motley crews of actual drivers, gamers and celebrities can cope with the needs of sim racing (spoiler, Sir Chris Hoy should stick to bicycles). In the absence of actual racing it's good wholesome fun.

But if you really want f##k videogames, well those exist too, each to their own and all that.

Ah yeah, life has meaning again.

Headed back into the vault for a HEAP of full races. Starting w 2017. Can someone please refer me to a resource of the best races to rewatch? My memory only holds two handfuls of them.

Enjoy!

I'm going to make a bowl of popcorn and watch the 250 race at Mugello from 2009. I recall that one being pretty damn good.

And appreciated. One of blessings of getting older is that you don't always remember what the result was, so watching again can be both surprising and pleasurable. I watched sachsenring 06 last night - would have sworn Dani won it (4th) and PI 02, which I'd forgotten entirely. It would be even better if the wsbk were made available.

Seeing everything opened up is great for everyone, in this rather awful time, which will probably be going on for months to come. In some ways though, I hope there is some kind of rebate or something on the subscription price for Motogp for this year. I really don't see all these rounds going ahead in a short space...theres a lot to go into regarding it of course, but yeah. 

This is the response I just received from MotoGP Support Team in regards to asking whether a refund or credit would be provided to people who've taken out an annual VideoPass..

Dear Jason,

To reply to your recent query, we would like to clarify that the Free Trial is just a temporary pass for our archived material only, while some contents will be available for a short period of time (i.e 1 week) during the current pause.
 
Moreover, when races restart again, these users will be charged at a higher fee should they decide to enjoy Live races afterwards.
 
We kindly remind you that your 2020 VideoPass gives you unlimited access to the video archive, and includes all the live races that will take place later this season, at a lower fee.
 
Please, take into account that in the event of the season extending beyond the current end date of your VideoPass, we confirm such date will be extended until the last GP has taken place, regardless of when that occurs.
  
Thank you very much for your understanding in this exceptional situation.

Kind regards,
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Customer Support
support@motogp.com