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Milestone S.r.l. and Dorna Sports S.L. have finally debuted the first gameplay footage of the highly-anticipated next entry to the MotoGP™ series.

Revving Up the Realism

As the developers strive to give players the most authentic MotoGP™ experience possible, the latest entry to the series will feature a series of new gameplay mechanics. One of which, is the well-known Long Lap Penalty, a penalty for disingenuous and unfair riders.

For riders who decide to take “shortcuts” such as running on a route outside of the track, several seconds will be added to their lap time. This feature will be a useful way for stewards to impose minor penalties which could cost riders a single position.

Other gameplay features for a more realistic experience include the Bike Retrieval Sequence, where players will no longer automatically respawn on the track when they fall. Instead, they will have to get up and get back on their bikes as fast as possible. Furthermore, players will now have to monitor the temperature of their brakes and ensure they aren’t too hot or too cold and risk losing their effectiveness. Finally, the Bike Suspension System has been retuned for a more believable level of realism.

However, realism isn’t just confined to how the motorcycles behave, it also includes how the AI opponents behave. Milestone has taken ANNA, their revolutionary AI based on machine learning, to the next level. Opponents will not only be faster but also smarter and more accurate.

For gamers who prefer what goes on behind the scenes of a successful racing team, MotoGP™ 21 will feature a Managerial Career that allows players to delve deeply into the managing experience. 

In this mode, players will take control of various team personnel such as the Chief Engineer, Technical Director, Data Analyst and more. Each of these roles plays an important role to ensure the team runs like a well-oiled machine by conducting R&D, looking for new sponsors and riders, training staff and riders to be more effective and more.

Manage Your Team to the Podium

For gamers who prefer what goes on behind the scenes of a successful racing team, MotoGP™ 21 will feature a Managerial Career that allows players to delve deeply into the managing experience. 

In this mode, players will take control of various team personnel such as the Chief Engineer, Technical Director, Data Analyst and more. Each of these roles plays an important role to ensure the team runs like a well-oiled machine by conducting R&D, looking for new sponsors and riders, training staff and riders to be more effective and more.

Last but not least, MotoGP™ 21 makes the bike the protagonist of the game and has added a slew of customisation options for it. Staff members can be assigned to various bike development branches and R&D points can be used to improve Engine Power, Aerodynamics, Frame and important Electronic features, such as Traction Control, Brake, Anti Wheelie and Power Mapping. But that isn’t all, as players will be able to personalise their bikes to their heart’s desire by using the editor to customise the look of the Helmet, Livery, Suit, Stickers and Racing Numbers.

MotoGP™ 21 promises fans and gamers a more realistic, strategic and adrenaline-fueled experience. So stay tuned as more gameplay features will be announced as we draw closer to the game’s April 22nd, 2021 release date.

Championship Level Partnership

The other exciting news that comes hot on the heels of the gameplay footage reveal is the announcement of the renewed partnership between Dorna Sports and Lenovo™. This multi-year agreement will see Lenovo Legion gaming devices powering MotoGP™ eSport Championship events.

Lenovo™ will be the exclusive provider of gaming PCs, monitors and accessories for the Championship’s four live events - giving the best gamers in the series the opportunity to compete on high-performance and stylish Legion gaming devices.

This year’s MotoGP eSport Global Series will consist of eight races held across four rounds starting May and ending in November. Onsite events are currently set to begin with the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley on May 28th, 2021, followed by the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich on August 13th, 2021 and the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini on September 17th, 2021. Similar to the previous years, Valencia and the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana will host the season finale; which will be held on November 12th, 2021.

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  • For more information about the MotoGP eSports Championship, click here.