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How to be victorious in Valencia!

The final race of the 2021 MotoGP™ eSport Global Series pits eleven finalists on the tight, twisty Ricardo Tormo Circuit outside Valencia

Taking place on Friday 12th November at 18:00 (GMT +1), the fourth and final round of the 2021 Global Series will see an hour and a half-long show hosted by Immy Barclay, Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst in which the eleven finalists will compete in the last two races of the season – around the fabulous Circuit of the Americas and the tight and twisty Ricardo Tormo Circuit– that will decide the winner of this year’s championship.

Eleven competitors from around the world qualified to compete in the all-important Global Series, which is run over four action-packed rounds. And the second of the two races in the final round will test their skills to the max: a ten-lap shootout of the tight, twisty Ricardo Tormo Circuit outside Valencia, a layout to test the precision of the very best in eSport talent!  

Global Series 2021: How to be fast in Valencia

The Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana has been held every year at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo since the World Championship first visited the Spanish track in 1999, the same year the venue construction was completed. The event has become the traditional end of season finale, with huge crowds at the 150,000 capacity circuit creating a brilliant atmosphere.

The stadium-style nature of the stands around the track means the whole of the circuit can be viewed by the fans as the annual MotoGP™ fiesta reaches a crescendo. There are corners at the circuit named after two great Spanish riders; Jorge Martinez Aspar and Angel Nieto. Both of them contributed significantly to the profile of Grand Prix motorcycle racing in Spain and around the world.

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right-handed corners, eight left-handers and an 876m straight.

Although the track is regarded as quite small, the pit complex contains 48 garages whilst the stadium-style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators. The circuit layout which allows all parts of the circuit to be seen from any stand helps to create a unique atmosphere enjoyed by Spanish and international riders alike and as the last race of the season, there is always a party feeling to the Grand Prix, which was voted best GP of 2005 by IRTA.

It all starts with the run down to turn one. Downshift from sixth to third and let the bike run through the apex. Then a short squirt to turn two, where it’s hard on the brakes and back to first gear. Short shift to third gear on the exit and feather the throttle through turn three before gently braking for turn four, taken in second. Hold that until five which requires minimal braking.

Then it’s up to six, again taken in second. Stand the bike up and shift quickly to fifth before the excellent turn seven, taken flat. Feather the front brake as you enter eight and square it off before gently applying the throttle through nine and ten. Brake early and cut off turn eleven for maximum effect.

A good run through the second gear turn twelve is crucial and then your throttle control will be tested to the max! Short shift up to third and hit fourth as you round the spectacular turn 13. Hug the inside white line and then run wide into turn 14, the final bend. Square it off and accelerate aggressively to the line!

Fans can watch the final round of the 2021 Global Series via MotoGP™ Broadcasters, and and across a wide range of social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport channels), MotoGP™ eSport TwitterInstagram, Facebook (via MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport pages) and Twitch via MotoGP™ and MotoGP™ eSport.

Who will walk away with this year’s MotoGP™ eSport crown?  Be sure to tune in on Friday 12th November at 18:00 (GMT+1) to find out!

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