Lorenzo Daretti (aka 73Trast or Trastevere73) showed great resilience at the second Global Series round of the 2021 MotoGP eSport season. Though both races proved to be a challenge due to some bad luck, the Italian never gave up and pushed on to take sixth and third place respectively in Race 3 (Germany) and Race 4 (Austria).
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 20th August 2021
Today, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo Daretti (aka 73Trast or Trastevere73) started the second of four Global Series rounds smoothly, battling for the win at the Sachsenring (Germany) until a crashing rider took him out on Lap 5. A wrongly chosen set-up in Qualifying for Race 2 at the Spielberg track (Austria) saw him take eighth place on the grid. It made the already tricky race all the more difficult, but the two-time World Champion put the bit between his teeth and rode to a solid third place.

The Sachsenring and Spielberg are very different tracks but are both notoriously difficult circuits to get right in terms of set-up.

Daretti started Race 3 from pole at a wet Sachsenring, where it’s already difficult to overtake in the dry. The Italian, who enjoys the wet races and is strong at the German track, was fancying his chances for the win. He made a good start and led in the first four laps. Unfortunately, Trast73 was passed by RiccardoBottaro64 and Williams_Cristian after a minor mistake, and then Williams_Cristian crashed in front of Daretti, taking the Yamaha man down with him. Nevertheless, once remounted, Trastevere73 kept pushing relentlessly, moving up the order from ninth place. In the end he had to settle for sixth after setting the fastest lap of the race.

Number 73 had a lot of ground to recover during Race 4, set at the Spielberg track. Though, Trastevere73 had to make up places from eighth on the grid, he was up for a podium finish. Daretti was pushed wide by a rival in the realy stages, but never gave up. Step by step he worked his way onto the podium, putting in various overtakes amidst the busy pack. Though the two-time World Champion loved the close racing at the Spielberg track, it did lead to the front two riders being able to break away. Still, Trast73 recovered to third place on the podium, which is an impressive feat.

Trastevere73’s damage control in Race 3 and Race 4 brought his total up to 71 solid points. This keeps him in first place in the rankings for the 2021 MotoGP eSport Championship, with a 4-point gap to the rider in second place.

The Global Series will resume with Round 3, held on 17 September 2021, when the riders will take on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and the Phillip Island Circuit.
Lorenzo Daretti

Lorenzo Daretti

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP ERIDER

It was a very daunting round with a lot of stuff happening in both Race 1 and Race 2.

We were in good shape, with great pace and great speed in Germany. I like the wet conditions. Qualifying went well, I grabbed pole position even though it wasn't an extraordinary lap.

After a fast start, I did four laps in the lead with three rivals very close behind me. A mini mistake cost me the position, but I was immediately thinking about reclaiming first position again when a disaster happened. Cristian crashed and his bike touched my bike... We had to restart everything from ninth position. I did my best and with a fastest lap of the race I managed to overtake three opponents and finished sixth, very close to Adrian, my main rival in the championship standings.

All in all, it was a good race, because we had the right strategy, but it’s just too bad that I had some bad luck.

About Race 2, in Austria… I also have mixed emotions, it was both good and bad.

I don't remember much about this race because it was all fully instinctive. I'm sure that it will be nice to review it. I started well, but it is always difficult to slip through the group. I did the right things at the right time, aggressive and precise braking, overtaking and counter-overtaking, and I even had the bit of luck that it sometimes takes, so I finished third, behind the two riders that broke away from the pack at the start.

This was the best result I could get in Austria, so I'm happy. It's too bad about the race in Germany. Up next are two tracks that I really like, so I’ll keep my head down like a true racer. Let's fight for this World Championship!