Hype Builds for the 2nd MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP as Valentino Rossi Joins the Roster

Published 04/10/2020, 9:14 AM EDT


Last month, around 10 MotoGP riders participated in the #StayAtHomeGP. Among them were Marc Marquez, brother Alex Marquez, Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales among others. At that time, Alex Marquez managed to best his older and more successful brother and won that race in Mugello. Now, for the next race, Valentino Rossi is joining the party.

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The Marquez brother, Vinales and Quartararo competed against Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins, Francesco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Iker Lecuona and Aleix Espargaro. When Marquez Jr won, Bagnaia and Vinales completed the podium. Admittedly every rider found it incredibly difficult to stay on the bikes.

Every rider raced nothing like their real-life selves, as they were all taking each other out or crashing on their own. At the end of the discordant race, Alex Marquez won the #StayAtHomeGP

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How will Valentino Rossi fare in the second #StayAtHomeGP?

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This is the first time that The Doctor is participating in such an event, especially against his rival Marc Marquez.  The Italian legend and the Spanish superstar have butted heads on several occasions, with some clashes being quite controversial. In the end, the two have a lot of respect for each other and acknowledge the other’s greatness.

Coming back to the second race, Danilo Petrucci, Michele Pirro, Tito Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami also join in on the fun. The best part is that the riders are racing from the comfort of their own homes, amid the COVID-19 crisis. The race will be broadcast live on the official MotoGP YouTube channel, like last time.

With a few newcomers and last time’s riders also getting to grips, there is a huge guarantee of carnage. Unlike Formula One drivers, not many MotoGP riders race in the virtual world. So, it will be interesting to see how the race pans out.

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Will Alex Marquez take back-to-back wins, or will his brother re-assert his real-life dominance? What about the other riders? Will Valentino Rossi prove that there is life in the old dog, or will Fabio Quartararo establish himself as the next rising star?

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