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By motogp.com

Title fight wide open after Global Series qualifying

Of the four title contenders, Trast73 has the biggest reason to smile after qualifying for the final round of the 2021 Championship

The fourth and final round of the Global Series is fast approaching and a thrilling title fight is finely poised after two dramatic qualifying sessions for the final races of 2021.

The eleven finalists were all present at the Valencian Grand Prix for the first MotoGP™ eSport on-site event in two years! And in a thrilling title fight – Adriaan_26, Trast73, AndrewZh, and Piero Ricciuti55 are separated by just 20 points – it was Trast73 who had the most reason to smile after the qualifying session that took place on Thursday.

11 gamers, hailing from Australia, the UK, Brazil, Italy and Spain, made it through the Pro Draft and Draft Selection phases and have been chosen by the MotoGP™ teams to represent them in the prestigious four-round series.

On Friday 12th November, the finalists will take on two races. The first sees the finalists take on the difficult and demanding Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas before attacking the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia for race two.

Ahead of the first race, Trast73 pieced together a lap of near perfection to claim his second pole of the year and give himself the perfect chance of breaking clear in race one at the Circuit of the Americas. Williams_Cristian will start race one from the middle of the front row, while reigning champ Adriaan_26 could do no better than third despite his best, late efforts.

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Global Series 2021: Austin qualifying in full

And there was a fair share of drama in qualifying for the second event at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. AndrewZh blazed his way to a stunning fourth pole position of the Global Series, meaning he is the best qualifier of 2021. He, therefore, wins a Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Chronograph and will receive the award ahead of tomorrow’s races from Tissot ambassador Thomas Luthi.

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Global Series 2021: Valencia qualifying in full

Trast73 will be pleased with his qualifying haul as he set the second fastest time ahead of Williams_Cristian. But there will be some consternation for title contenders Piero Ricciuti55 and Adriaan_26, who will start race two from fifth and sixth respectively.

Be sure to tune into the action-packed show tomorrow (Friday 24th September) at 18:00  (GMT +1), when presenter Immy Barclay will host the show with Jack Appleyard and Jack Gorst on commentary duties during an hour-long show, beginning with highlights of qualifying before the 11 riders take on two races.

Friday’s action will be available to watch live via MotoGP™ broadcasters, on motogp.com and esport.motogp.com,  and across 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.

Qualifying results for race 1:
1. Trast73, 1’58.132
2. Williams_Cristian +0.066
3. Adriaan_26 +0.082
4. AndrewZh +0.101
5. RiccardoBottaro64 +0.418
6. PieroRicciuti55 +0.685
7. Jack Hammer4658 +0.904
8. Joel_Clay +1.187
9. DarkBright +1.933
10. MrTftw +2.215
11. FooXz +2.478

Qualifying results for race 2:
1. AndrewZh - 1’25.881
2. Trast73, +0.150)
3. Williams_Cristian +0.202
4. RiccardoBottaro64 +0.332
5. Piero Ricciuti55 +0.374
6. Adriaan_26 +0.384
7. Jack Hammer4658 +0.687
8. Joel_Clay +0.851
9. DarkBright +1.067
10. FooXz +1.086
11. MrTftw +1.318

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