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Lorenzo Daretti (aka Trast73 or Trastevere73) kept his cool in today’s Round 2 of the 2023 MotoGP eSport Global Series. Despite a difficult Sprint and two Races, he holds on to his lead in the standings by one point at the halfway stage of the championship.
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 15th September 2023
Today, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo Daretti (aka 73Trast or Trastevere73) showed his professionalism and experience in Round 2 of the 2023 MotoGP eSport Global Series. The three-time MotoGP eSport Champion (in 2017, 2018, and 2021) withstood the heat of his rivals in a hard-fought Sprint (Sachsenring, Germany) and two Races (Race 3 staged at Motegi, Japan, and Race 4 in Mandalika, Indonesia).

The Sachsenring qualification for the Sprint was difficult for Lorenzo. He didn’t finish his lap perfectly and secured P5 on the grid. Daretti left it late in the Motegi QP, but he still took P3. After a good lap, he completed the Mandalika QP in P4.

Riding in the dry, Trastevere73 had a strong start in the 3-lap Sprint at the Sachsenring, but he remained in fifth. He went on to battle with Jack Hammer4658 for most of the race. Both experienced riders, they showed great overtaking skills. The Italian, however, had the moves and ultimately snatched fourth place, 0.634s from the race winner.

The thrilling Sprint had put Daretti in a fighting spirit for Race 3, held at the Mobility Resort Motegi in completely wet track conditions. He needed to make a move early on in the 8-lap contest and then try to break away. As he did so expertly, the strategy was then to keep his head down and find the perfect balance between pushing hard and saving his tyres. The nerves of the three-time World Champion were put to the test though by a charging 26_adriaan on the last two laps. Nevertheless, the Yamaha man remained calm and faultless and was therefore successful in securing the victory by 1.436s.

Trast73 was on a high, but things took a turn in Race 4. Daretti soon realised he made the wrong tyre choice and would not be able to battle to his true potential or even defend his position at the front of the field over the 8-lap race duration. He made the calculated decision to focus on salvaging as many points as possible to defend his lead in the championship standings. It didn’t happen without a fight though. Daretti had to fend off ‘home rider’ MikiRaiko and did so skilfully despite the tyre set-back. He saved his sixth place, crossing the line 8.115s from first.

Trastevere73’s efforts in Round 2 of the Global Series keep him in the lead with a 91-point total and a 1-point advantage over his closest rival.

Round 3 will take place on 6th October, when the eRiders will take on the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (Sprint), the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (Race 5), and the Chang International Circuit (Race 6).
Lorenzo Daretti

Lorenzo Daretti

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP eRider

The Sprint was amazing! We finished in P4, which is good. I had a great start, but I remained fifth. Then I battled with Jack Hammer4658. We overtook each other multiple times, but in the end I had the upper hand. I did a crazy overtake and was able to take fourth position. In Race 3, I did it! It was one of my toughest races ever to take P1. The whole race I was pushing so hard, trying to create as big a gap as possible between me and the pursuers. Ultimately, it was a case of controlling my nerves until the last corner, with 26_adriaan gaining on me in the final laps. I managed to keep my cool though, and I brought home 25 very important points for the world rankings, so I’m really, really happy! But Race 4 was a different story. Unfortunately, I made one of the most stupid and worst mistakes of my entire career... I made the wrong tyre choice for the Race. The feeling was horrible, and at the end I had to fight for sixth position. It’s a shame because I had the pace for the podium and also for the victory. I will learn from this mistake, but it definitely affected the championship rankings. Lets see what happens in the next round. It will be difficult because Algarve (Sprint), and Buriram (Race 6) are not my favourite tracks. I only like Phillip Island (Race 5). The other tracks are difficult for me, but lets see. This year we are fast, and we have to remain focused to achieve our goals. The most important thing is to come to the last round with the first position in the final standings as close in our grasp as possible.