Jorge Lorenzo Takes Virtual British GP Victory on MotoGP Virtual Race Debut

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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo is a virtual MotoGP race winner!

The five-time Champion wildcard got the better of Reale Avintia Racing's Tito Rabat in the closing stages of Sunday' Virtual British Grand Prix, making the most of his only wildcard appearance in 2020 by taking pole position and the win. 

Despite another fairly dramatic encounter in the virtual world, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the podium behind Rabat.

As ever in virtual races, the opening lap wasn't short of drama with the first incident coming when LCR Honda Idemitsu 's Takaaki Nakagami wiped out Lorenzo through Turns 2 and 3, leaving Quartararo with the holeshot.

He was quickly dropped to second when Nakagami slipped through, however, with the group powering down the Hangar Straight for the first time. 

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Quartararo was keen to make up for his earlier mistake, and possibly in the end he proved too keen. Lorenzo headed into the gravel trap to put a dint in his progress and the Frenchman followed when the front end of his Yamaha folded.

Quartararo's crash elevated Pramac Racing's Francesco Bagnaia to second place, but it wasn't long until the Italian also tucked the front; a surprising mistake from the Red Bull Ring victor and consistent performer in virtual races...

As we completed the opening lap, Nakagami led Rabat and Ducati Team's Michelle Pirro in an slightly unlikely opening trio given track records - but Quartararo was starting to make some progress back through the field after his first lap crash.

He had another setback when crashing after contact with Rabat, however, and by four laps completed Lorenzo was starting to find his feet, squeezing past Pirro and up into third.

Nakagami hit half race distance without making a single mistake, but that was soon to change as the Japanese rider's hopes of a debut MotoGP win evaporated in a crash at The Loop - handing the lead to Rabat, much to the Spaniard's excitement. But five-time World Champion Lorenzo was on a charge, up to second and with his eyes firmly set on the race lead.

Slowly but surely, the lead came down. Ultimately it took the Yamaha rider two laps to close in on the rear wheel of Rabat's Ducati, and a further lap to properly dispatch him. Then, Lorenzo began to break clear and by the time he reached the flag, came across the line two seconds ahead to clinch his first virtual victory in MotoGP.

Fabi Quartararo British GP Virtual GP 2020

Quartararo clinched the final place on the virtual podium after diving past Nakagami on the last lap to take a debut virtual podium and finally overcome his bad luck and trouble with crashes, leaving early leader Nakagami in fourth.

 Pirro completed the top five, ahead of Aprilia's Lorenzo Savadori and a disappointed Bagnaia in seventh after an adventurous event. Team Suzuki Ecstar's Joan Mir was the final finisher, his race starting to go wrong at Turn 1 on Lap 1 and the Suzuki rider not able to pull it back.