Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP are pleased to announce the continuation of their partnership with double MotoGP eSport World Champion Lorenzo Daretti. He will again be the official Yamaha Factory e-Rider in 2020.

The 2020 MotoGP eSport Championship is set to kick off on 5 March with the first round of the Pro Draft Challenge. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team take this opportunity to announce the renewal of their contract with double MotoGP eSport World Champion Lorenzo Daretti, also known by his gamer tag Trastevere73 or Trast73.

Daretti’s showed his professionalism in 2019, competing as Yamaha’s factory e-rider. The 2017 and 2018 MotoGP eSport Champion was the man to beat, so the pressure was on. Hungry rivals were aiming for his crown, and the number-73 rider was consistently one of the front-runners throughout the season. It came down to the wire: Race 2 in Valencia, the last race of the final round. Though he came just two points short of defending his title, Trast73 could hold his head up high as the 2019 Vice-Champion.

Whilst the highlights of Daretti’s career are securing the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP eSport Championship crowns, he also highly values the experience he gained in 2019 as a Yamaha Factory e-Rider. The 20-year-old is keen to up his level for 2020 as he’s more than eager to reclaim the MotoGP eSport crown.

This year, the Italian youngster and his avatar will again have matching customised rider gear (leathers, boots, gloves and helmet), to finish off the complete Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider look.

Besides cheering him on in the MotoGP eSport Championship, fans can also look forward to seeing Daretti in action at various promotional activities. Moreover, being a biker himself, he will also participate in various Yamaha events on track and on road.

Lin Jarvis

Lin Jarvis

Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing

We are very happy to continue our partnership with Lorenzo. Last year, he became the first official eSport rider signed by a MotoGP team and showed great professionalism. His talent is exceptional, and it comes paired with a bright personality that fits our team. He also shows genuine passion for both eSports and bikes in general. This really appeals to Yamaha and, we hope, also to MotoGP eSport and MotoGP fans alike who have these interests in common with him.

"Lorenzo very narrowly missed out on defending his Championship Title last year by just two points after the second race of the final round. Still, as a team we really enjoyed watching him in action, and we have a great amount of belief in him. We’ve seen that eSports is a rapidly growing sector, which means the level of competition gets elevated every year, but we have confidence in Lorenzo’s skills. We will be supporting him to our best ability during the 2020 MotoGP eSport season and will be cheering him on every step of the way.

Lorenzo Daretti

Lorenzo Daretti

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP ERIDER

I'm very happy to know that, in 2020, I will again compete with Yamaha. The team is like a family to me, and last year they all welcomed me warmly. When I was a child, my dream was to become a rider, and now being able to remain a part of this team as an eSport Rider is amazing for me. I'll do my absolute best to bring them and myself to the top.

"Last season was very important for me. I learned a lot from the Yamaha team. They made me grow as a rider and also as a professional. It's different racing alone or having a team that supports you. And it’s not just that, I also had a lot of fun at the events that Yamaha organised: riding on race circuits with the Yamaha motorbike, the Dolomiti Ride, travelling to Brazil for the Salão Duas Rodas event, and more. The most beautiful experience was to ride at the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp. I would like to do it a thousand times over.

"In 2019 the season was composed of six Global Series races. In 2020 the World Championship will be more or less the same but with two more races and it will last six months, meaning that we have to work a lot to remain at the top.

"I expect it will be a very tight championship but hopefully a little bit less so than last year when the three riders at the top finished within five points. For sure, I expect there will be some new competitive riders, but I’m focused. My goal is to not think about it too much and secure as many podiums and victories as possible in order to win this World Championship.