With the MotoGP season on hold due to the coronavirus, Dorna has confirmed a Virtual Race is to take place involving some of the sport's biggest stars.

Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins and reigning champion Marc Marquez will be among those joining the digital grid on March 29, to do battle via the official MotoGP videogame.

The contest will involve a six-lap showdown at Italy's Mugello circuit, preceded by a five-minute qualifying time attack to decide the grid order.

The whole event, including qualifying, will be broadcast online at 15:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday March 29 and via selected TV broadcasters as well as across social media platforms.

The MotoGP initiative follows F1's Virtual Grand Prix series, which will see Esports events run as replacements to the postponed rounds of the 2020 season, with all teams and drivers invited to take part.

However, of the current F1 line-up, only Lando Norris (McLaren) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) took part in last weekend's opening Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix.

The first real event of the 2020 MotoGP season is currently set for Jerez on May 3, but looks almost certain to be pushed back until at least June...

Latest 2020 MotoGP Calendar (March 11)

Round

Date

Race

Circuit

1

8 March

Qatar (no MotoGP class)

Losail International Circuit

2

3 May

Jerez

Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto

3

17 May

France

Le Mans

4

31 May

Italy

Mugello

5

7 June

Catalunya

Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya

6

21 June

Germany

Sachsenring

7

28 June

Netherlands

TT Circuit Assen

8

12 July

Finland*

KymiRing (Subject to circuit homologation)

9

9 August

Czech Republic

Brno

10

16 August

Austria

Red Bull Ring - Spielberg

11

30 August

Great Britain

Silverstone

12

13 September

San Marino

Misano

13

27 September

Aragon

MotorLand Aragon

14

4 October

Thailand

Chang International Circuit

15

18 October

Japan

Motegi

16

25 October

Australia

Phillip Island

17

1 November

Malaysia

Sepang

18

15 November

Americas

Circuit of the Americas

19

22 November

Argentina

Termas de Rio Hondo

20

29 November

Valencia

Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

 

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