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Following the 2021 MotoGP eSport Championship‘s four Pro Draft Challenges, which he passed with flying colours, Lorenzo Daretti is set to take part in the Global Series again. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are delighted to take this opportunity to announce the renewal of their contract with the double MotoGP™ eSport World Champion, also known by his gamer tag Trastevere73 or Trast73.
Daretti has been a top challenger in MotoGP™ eSport since 2017. He showed great professionalism as well as a genuine passion for motorsports from the start of his career, and it therefore came as no surprise that he secured the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP™ eSport World Championship Title. In 2019, he joined the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team as its official eRider for the first time. To this day, Trastvere73 remains the man to beat. He went on to secure the 2019 and 2020 Vice-Champion title and is as hungry as ever for the win.
The 21-year-old and his avatar will again have matching customised rider gear (leathers, boots, gloves and helmet), to finish off the complete Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider look.
Besides cheering him on in the MotoGP™ eSport Championship, fans can also look forward to seeing Daretti in action at various (Covid-19 friendly) promotional events. Moreover, being a biker himself, he will also participate in selected Yamaha events on track and on road (following Covid-19 prevention guidelines).
Lin Jarvis (Managing Director Yamaha Motor Racing): "We enter our third year with Lorenzo as our eRider, and for him personally it‘s his fifth year competing at the top level of MotoGP eSport. We witnessed the MotoGP eSport Championship grow in terms of professionalism. The level of the player field also increases every year."
"For Lorenzo to adapt to a new MotoGP game each season and still be competitive in this field for four years in a row so far, shows his exceptional talent and drive. He genuinely loves both eSport and MotoGP, and that‘s exactly why he fits our team so well. Though the global pandemic made it difficult for the team to meet him face to face so far in 2021, we are cheering him on and are looking forward to another great year with him."
Lorenzo Daretti. " I‘m very happy to remain a part of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team. We have grown very close. The team support me in eSport as much as I support them in racing. Sometimes I still can‘t believe my luck. When I was a child, I wanted to be a MotoGP rider. To be a part of this team now as an eSport Rider still sometimes feels like a dream to me."
"The last two years we secured second place in the championship, which means I need to work even harder this year to raise my level. So far, I‘m feeling good. I know it won‘t be easy, there are many fast guys out there, but I‘m feeling confident. I‘m mostly just excited to start the 2021 MotoGP eSport Global Series now. I would like to go back to racing live as soon as possible, at the circuit and not from home... But either way, I will give it my all to win my third World Title. Let‘s have some fun!"