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16 days ago
By motogp.com

eSport Championship finely poised after dramatic Round 3

There remain four distinct contenders for the 2021 MotoGP™ eSport crown after an action-packed Global Series Round 3

The MotoGP™ eSport Championship continues to thrill and surprise in equal measure, with two dramatic races in the third round of this year’s Global Series leaving the four-way title fight finely poised.

Two heavyweights of the series – reigning champion Adriaan_26 and the 2017 and 2018 victor Trast73 – are separated by just seven points with six races played. What’s more, new star PieroRicciuti55_ and 2019 champ AndrewZh are still in touch, with all four covered by just 20 points.

Global Series: Round 3 of the Championship in full

MotoGP™’s Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst combined their presentation duties with studio commentary on the action, with the current COVID-19 pandemic still restricting the eleven finalists to their homes, where they competed against one another while communicating via a communal video call.

But the action was still as intense as always. The first race was held at the stunning Phillip Island Circuit in Australia, before the colourful Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Italy’s east coast hosted Race 2.

Global Series: Hear from your podium finishers from Race 5

The first race was just two turns old when the championship was blown wide open. While attempting to take the lead, Trast73 crashed out, with Williams_Cristian falling when taking avoiding action. The pair would finish no higher than seventh and eighth respectively. Meanwhile, at the front, an incredible battle between Adriaan_26 and AndrewZh developed, with the lead changing hands several times. In the end, the Spaniard just hung on to win –by the incredibly close margin of only 0.001s!

Global Series: Hear from your podium finishers from Race 6

Trast73 started Race 2 knowing a good result was crucial, and he duly posted a performance of perfection, withstanding heavy pressure from Adriaan_26 throughout to take a much-needed win by 0.6s. Williams_Cristian also atoned for his earlier error, scoring a fine third.

The Championship is still incredibly close, especially when double points are on offer for the final round! The results Adriaan_26 at the head of the table with 112 points, 7 ahead of Trast73, but there’s little in it. AndrewZh is third, 17 points back with Piero Ricciuti55_ fourth, just 20 points off the championship summit!

Check out the full standings here!

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