ROUND 4 – RACE 7 (COTA) & RACE 8 (Valencia) Overall – After three online rounds due to Covid-19 restrictions, we headed to the final round of the 2021 MotoGP eSports Series in Valencia with two rounds (COTA, and Valencia), in the same place where the las
ROUND 4 – RACE 7 (COTA) & RACE 8 (Valencia) Overall – After three online rounds due to Covid-19 restrictions, we headed to the final round of the 2021 MotoGP eSports Series in Valencia with two rounds (COTA, and Valencia), in the same place where the last eSports LAN event was 2 years ago. GP COTA (P5) Qualifying: Mixed feelings after many practice sessions considering the amount of time all riders needed to adapt to the new on-site event conditions (place, positions, environment, hardware, etc). Cristian wasn’t comfortable before practice, but he ended up finding a few tenths to fight for pole position. “I see myself very strong for COTA” he mentioned before arriving at the event. He fought for the 1st place during the 15min qualifying but his competitor, Andrew, ended up getting 1st place by a very small margin. “I’m happy to start on the front row as it gives me all chances to fight for what I deserve here in this track”. Race: Cristian, starting on the front row and focused on leading the race, had some issues at the start and a crash at Turn 1 involving Adrian and Andrew, left Cristian in P5, fighting to recover some positions. Unfortunately, a mistake forced Cristian to drop more positions and end up at the back of the field, with the only option to recover as many positions as possible. “It was frustrating that I couldn’t fight for the victory, but what happened to me, can happen to anyone else.” P5 was the final result for Cristian at COTA.
GP Valencia (P5) Qualifying: Cristian headed to Valencia with the intention of getting the best result despite the difficulty of the bike at this track. Atter a few attempts to set the fastest lap of the race, Cristian was comfortable placed on top positions of the grid, ending up in P3 and surprised with the overall performance of the bike. “I’m happy to take this after all the practice sessions. I didn’t find my pace before qualifying but P3 here in Valencia and fighting for the pole, is the best result and feeling I could have”. – Cristian mentioned after both qualifying sessions.
Cristian Sanchez (Suzuki Ecstar Esports Rider): “Happy to be back with Suzuki here in Valencia after 2 years, because they always treat me like one of the family, regardless of the result I get in the races. For me it is a challenge to represent them as best as possible. It has been a complicated year where we have lost 4 out of 8 races, but I kept my pace and competitiveness showing that I have returned to be in the championship fight, as has been seen in COTA. It will be necessary to transform the bad luck of this year into being able to achieve the best result that this team & family deserves." Javier Guerra (Suzuki Ecstar Esports Team Manager): “It’s great to be back at LAN events, being able to see all riders fighting for the big prize, but it’s even better to see Cristian fighting to win races despite his position in the overall standings before arriving here. We have to be happy with the final result, especially considering what’s behind all the results and performance in the championship, and I’m sure Cristian will have a chance to win this series, as he has been fighting very close in the last seasons”