Follow live coverage of the inaugural MotoGP Virtual Race, a six-lap race at Mugello, here.

The opening digital race, arranged to help fill the void in MotoGP activity caused by the coronavirus, will see ten riders (below) do battle over six-laps of Italy's Mugello circuit on the official MotoGP19 videogame:

Repsol Honda Team: Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP: Maverick Viñales

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini: Aleix Espargaro

Team Suzuki Ecstar: Alex Rins, Joan Mir

Petronas Yamaha SRT: Fabio Quartararo

Red Bull KTM Tech 3: Iker Lecuona, Miguel Oliveira

Pramac Racing: Francesco Bagnaia

Qualifying will be held just before the race, which is due to be broadcast online.

The real MotoGP racing is set to begin until May 17 at Le Mans, although the French Grand Prix is already in talks about delaying until June. There are also serious question marks about whether the Italian Grand Prix can be held in May.

A second MotoGP Virtual Race is already planned, set to take place on Sunday April 12. The racetrack and rider line-up for 'Virtual Race 2' is still to be confirmed, but Dorna is promising some of the Race 1 grid will return for round two, with 'fresh faces from the likes of the Ducati Team and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing also slated to take part'.

"All of us are living in a difficult moment so it will be really nice to have some fun and bring some action to the fans," Marc Marquez said during the build-up to the Virtual MotoGP.

"We are doing this for all of the people who love MotoGP, to give them something nice during these incredibly hard days, thanks to the other riders and the championship for putting this together.

"I have been remaining at home, still training as much as I can while staying safe. Alex and I enjoy playing the MotoGP game together but now we must be a little more serious about it."

 

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