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MotoGP™ mobile game crowns the 2018 Fan World Champion

Tito Rabat edges out Jorge Lorenzo to claim victory

Tags MotoGP, 2019

The official MotoGP™ mobile game ‘MotoGP™ Championship Quest’ by WePlay.Media announced the winners of the 2018 MotoGP™ Fan World Championship contest which has been won by Tito Rabat, who edged out Jorge Lorenzo in second place ahead of the retiring Dani Pedrosa in third.

Rabat, represented by avid MotoGP™ fan Izdam Mansor of Malaysia, has developed a loyal band of fans in the "MotoGP" Racing app. The Spaniard clocked over 400,000 races during the season and had around 47,000 hours of support invested in him, with Rabat tallying an amazing 1.9758 billion points.

From New Caledonia, Laurent Giraud improved his end of year performance from 3rd in the 2017 season to 2nd in support of Jorge Lorenzo scoring 1.9603 billion points. Giraud is a huge MotoGP™ fan and he made his way to the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to support his hero Lorenzo.

Yunita Rahma of Jakarta, Indonesia, became the first female to take a podium in the MotoGP™ tournament with a fantastic performance in support of her favourite rider, the retiring Dani Pedrosa. Yunita clocked an impressive 1.9338 billion points on her way to the podium leaving many seasoned players in her dust.

The series was not without controversy as two of the leading players were disqualified by "MotoGP™ Championship Quest" race direction when it was found that they had used an exploit to achieve their lofty scores. A review of their scores on the game servers found that they had cheated and were subsequently disqualified.

Graeme Warring, organiser of the "MotoGP™ Championship Quest" mobile tournament programme, commented on the end of season controversy saying “it is no wonder that people look to find exploits in the series as the winners of the Fan World Championship receive amazing prizes worth thousands of dollars including limited edition Tissot watches, Nolan MotoGP Helmets, passes to races, Brembo merchandise, and the prized Brembo Fan World Championship trophy made from the callipers and discs of a real MotoGP™ race bike.”

“This is the first time players in a mobile gaming application have competed to win a championship which is rewarded with such incredible real-world prizes,” said Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of Dorna Sports. “MotoGP fans are not only at the forefront of supporting the best motorsport event in the world, but they have also become the first to compete in this highly organised and engaging contest available on all Wireless platforms.”

In the manufacturer’s championship, Movistar Yamaha was the most frequently chosen team, followed closely by Honda and then Ducati.

The consistent rise of virtual sports games and the ubiquitous uptake of high-end smartphones have been huge contributors to the massive uptake of the new MotoGP Racing App which has been downloaded by over 30 million people to date. Fans from around the world have been able to download the app for free and compete against one and other while making a meaningful contribution to their favourite manufacturer and rider.

The 2018 season demonstrated the popularity of the sport with over 250 million races completed and 30 million hours of gameplay invested by players from around the world. Demand for the MotoGP™ Racing app is strongest in Asia where motorcycles are a way of life. Countries such as India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam are home to the most avid MotoGP fans while countries such as Spain, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom lead the way in Europe.

MotoGP™ wasted no time in kicking off the 2019 Fan World Championship season which commenced on the 1st of January 2019 and will wrap up at the end of the calendar year. The extended season gives fans of MotoGP™ an outlet to enjoy the sport in the few months pre and postseason. As Warring, says, “too much MotoGP racing is barely enough.”

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