Lorenzo Daretti (aka 73Trast or Trastevere73) showed great speed in the first Global Series round of the 2020 MotoGP eSport season, securing second place in both Race 1 (Mugello) and Race 2 (Jerez).
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 10th July 2020
Today, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo Daretti (aka 73Trast or Trastevere73) demonstrated he is a force to be reckoned with playing the MotoGP20 game. The professional MotoGP eSport rider gave a convincing performance during the first of four Global Series rounds, securing two strong second places.

Daretti is known as a key protagonist of the 2020 eSport player field, having secured the MotoGP eSport Championship Title in 2017 and 2018. After achieving the Vice-Champion honours last year, the Italian was keen on making a strong start to the Global Series this time round and start his hunt for glory off on the right note.

Usually, the Global Series rounds take place live inside the MotoGP paddock, so fans can enjoy the experience at the track. The current Contingency Plan issued by MotoGP’s and MotoGP eSport’s governing body Dorna doesn’t allow these events to be carried out trackside this year. As a result, it was decided to have the qualified eSport players compete in Round 1 from the comfort of their own homes.

Though normally spurred on even more by the cheering fans in the MotoGP paddock during the live Global Series rounds, Trastevere73 was still fired up and ready for action. The practice sessions he had pre-lockdown with Formula Medicine (a training company specialized in physical and mental health training) at the start of the year, and the time he’s spent since then practicing with the new MotoGP20 game – which is said to be more realistic but also more tricky than its predecessor – bore fruit.

Daretti caused much excitement in the first challenge set at the Mugello Circuit. His original tactic for Race 1 was to start from the first row and try to take the holeshot, but due to a mistake in qualifying he had to come up with a new strategy. Luckily, Trast73 is known to be a talented improviser. He had a good start from P4 and was soon battling for the second position with Williams_Cristian (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and AndrewZh (Ducati Team) behind Williams_Adrian (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). The Yamaha rider had the superior pace and won the battle for second place. Though rival AndrewZh came close towards the end of the race, Lorenzo took a lot of risk, enough to earn the runner-up position.

Race 2, set at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto, required a different tactic altogether. Williams_Adrian was the favourite for the win, but Trastevere73 certainly wasn’t going to make it easy for him. He knew that for this race he absolutely had to start from the first row, especially considering the lay-out of the Jerez track. It’s a very tight circuit making the first corners of the race extra tricky. Daretti managed to secure second place on the grid behind his now main rival and aimed to stay behind him as much as possible during the race, trying not to lose any positions. The Yamaha rider followed the plan perfectly, again producing a good start to place his YZR-M1 in second position. He was unable to make a move on Williams_Adrian, but he defended his second place masterfully from Sanshoqueen (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who was right behind him for the entire length of the race. Having withstood the pressure, Daretti was proud to secure another second position.

Trastevere73’s efforts in Race 1 and Race 2 earned him 40 solid points and provisional second place in the rankings for the 2020 MotoGP eSport Championship. He is keen on bridging the 10-point gap to first at the second Global Series round (time and date to be announced soon).
Lorenzo Daretti

Lorenzo Daretti

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP ERIDER

Taking second position twice was great. I'm really happy because my target for the first two races was to get on the podium, and I did it. It’s also a better result than last year, when I finished third and fourth! I have to improve in the qualifying, because it’s very important to be in the lead in the first corner of the opening lap of the race. The feeling was great, but we must make another step forward and always keep improving if we want to win races.

Honestly, it’s very different playing from home, I prefer the ‘paddock live’. My feelings with the 2020 MotoGP videogame are a bit different, and also some of the other riders are stronger or weaker than last year. Anything can happen, so let's see at the next live event ... Fingers crossed! In the end, I’m really happy with my results in the first Global Series round, and I want to say “Thanks” to Yamaha, all the sponsors, my parents, and friends that supported me. See you at the next races!