Marquez: MotoGP “has responsibility” to keep people at home

Esports | March 27th, 2020

MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez says it is the riders’ “responsibility” to encourage self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, hence Honda’s participation in Sunday’s all-star Esports race.

MotoGP announced earlier in the week that it would be hosting a six-lap online race around a virtual Mugello circuit on the MotoGP 19 video game, with the 10 premier class riders taking part.

Honda’s 2020 line-up of reigning six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez and his Moto2 title-winning brother Alex will represent the brand in Sunday’s race.

With the COVID-19 outbreak confirmed to have infected over half a million people and killed over 18,000 worldwide as of Friday, countries have been issuing stricter social distancing measures to quell the spread and ease the immense strain on their health care systems.

A number of series, including Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and Supercars, have set up Eseries in lieu of actual racing to keep people entertained.

The youngest Marquez insist riders and drivers have to urge people to stay inside, and this can be achieved by “bringing the races to them”.

“We have a responsibility to encourage people to stay inside and follow the guidelines; if they can’t come to the races then we can bring the races to them,” Alex said.

“I have been following the advice and staying inside, adjusting my training and how I live so that we can all get through this.

“I thought my [MotoGP] ‘racing debut’ would be a little different but I am looking forward to it either way.

“Normally I am quite competitive in the MotoGP game when I play with friends, so I am not sure I am a true rookie but it is very hard to know the level of the other riders.”