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Global Series kicks off with stunning event at Misano

Excitement, drama and controversy was all on display at the first round of the 2019 MotoGP™ eSport Championship at the #SanMarinoGP

Cristianmm17 staked his claim to become the 2019 MotoGP™ eSport Champion by putting in a near-flawless performance at a thrilling first round of the Global Series to take a healthy 12 point championship lead to round two at Aragon.

In a star-studded double-header, which saw the 12 Global Series finalists take on Mugello and the Red Bull Ring for races one and two, MotoGP™ stars Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo were on hand to offer advice and opinion on the events on track.

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Watch Race 1 & 2 of the MotoGP™ eSport Global Series Round 1

Miller was interviewed on stage by presenters Gavin Emmett and Amy Dargan as he provided typically humorous tips to the finalists prior to race one as rookie sensation Quartararo joined Matt Dunn and Jack Appleyard for commentary duties during race two.

The first race was a classic two-horse race between Ducati Team’s AndrewZh and Team Suzuki ECSTAR’s Cristianmm17, the gamers that qualified first and second on the grid in Thursday evening’s qualifying session. The chasing pack couldn’t get close as the pair reeled off a succession of fast, consistent times. In the face of unrelenting pressure, AndrewZh held his nerve to take the chequered flag 0.4 seconds ahead.

The fight for third was intense at first, with reigning eSport Champion pkoaetpjipowT4Wtrastevere73 making swift progress from his qualifying position on the second row. Despite his best efforts, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider couldn’t bridge the gap to the leaders. He would ultimately collect solid points for third.

Pre-event favourite adrianDP26 (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was a lonely fourth while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Juan_nh16 was an impressive fifth around a difficult circuit for KTM’s RC16. XxBoMbeR_45xX (Petronas Yamaha SRT) staged a remarkable recovery from the back of the grid to finish sixth, after winning out in an intense battle with Moe (LCR Honda), Mereja (Pramac Racing Ducati), early crasher EleGhosT555 (Repsol Honda Team) and Rllorca (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), who finished sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

The second was as exciting as it was dramatic. After taking the lead on lap 1 at turn 3, Cristianmm17 produced a stunning performance, dominating proceedings to win by a comfortable 4 seconds.

With the Spaniard clear at the front, it was left to Juan_nh16, Mereja and trastevere73 to provide the entertainment in an all action fight for second. There was controversy on lap 2 when race 1 winner AndrewZh and adrianDP26 collided at turn 4, with the Ducati man crashing out. It was a move that was investigated by Race Direction, who eventually concluded no punishment was necessary.

Juan_nh16 produced a brilliant performance to claim second as Mereja held off a last lap trastevere73 challenge for the final podium place. AdrianDP26 came home fifth with Moe completing the top six.

The result puts Cristianmm17 to the head of the championship on 45 points, 12 ahead of AndrewZh and 16 clear of Juan_nh16. Trastevere73 has his work cut out with the Italian sitting fourth, 16 points behind.

The 12 finalists have just five days to catch their breath before the second round of three in the Global Series gets underway at the #AragonGP.

Race 1 Results (Mugello):

1st AndrewZh: 17:22.541
2nd Cristianmm17: +0.400
3rd trastevere73: +2.367
4th adrianDP26: +5.367
5th Juan_nh16: +9.879
6th XxBoMbeR_45xX: +13.113
7th Moe: +14.313
8th Mereja: +15.101
9th EleGhosT555: +15.434
10th Rllorca: +15.500
11th Wimp: +18.868
12th MrTftw: +25.901

Race 2 Results (Red Bull Ring):

1st Cristianmm17: 13:37.388
2nd Juan_nh16: +4.266
3rd Mereja: +5.066
4th trastevere73: +5.333
5th adrianDP26: +7.791
6th Moe: +8.857
7th EleGhosT555: +10.890
8th AndrewZh: +11.691
9th Wimp: +12.724
10th Rllorca: +16.325
11th MrTftw: +16.559
12th XxBoMbeR_45xX: +22.526

Championship Standings after Round 1:

1st Cristianmm17: 45 points
2nd AndrewZh: 33 (+12)
3rd Juan_nh16: 31 (+14)
4th trastevere73: 29 (+16)
5th Mereja: 24 (+21)
6th adrianDP26: 24 (+21)
7th Moe: 19 (+26)
8th EleGhosT555: 16 (+29)
9th XxBoMbeR_45xX: 14 (+31)
10th Wimp: 12 (+33)
11th Rllorca: 12 (+33)
12th MrTftw: 9 (+36)

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