Team Suzuki Press Office – September 23rd
The pressure was on for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Saveri at Round 4 of the MotoGP eSport Global Series, as he entered the round sitting just four points shy of the title lead.
However, he handled this weight of expectation well, and despite some bad luck he came away with two more decent finishes to add to his tally.
In qualifying Andrea managed to get a front row start with third on the grid for Thailand, and 6th for Motegi.
RACE 1 – BURIRAM
Cloudy skies were the order of the day at the tricky Thai track, which is a place with plentiful overtaking opportunities. Andrea made a great start, but he ran wide in a hard braking area on the first lap and ended up down in the gravel and last. The determined Italian was then forced to try and make up as many positions as possible over the course of the next nine laps. Just one lap later, title contender Trast73 also crashed out, making the championship battle even hotter. Andrea closed in on the group in front of him, and made important progress, taking a crucial 6th spot at the lie.
RACE 2 – MOTEGI
Just as the MotoGP riders will be doing this weekend, the eSport riders tackled Twin Ring Motegi for the second race of the fourth round. Starting from 6th on the grid would be a challenge for Saveri, but it was one he was prepared to face up to. He was brave in the first corners, putting himself up to 4th. He kept this fighting spirit up, battling hard with rival Trast73 in the closing stages of the race. However, Andrea then ran wide on Lap 7 and lost two positions, but the ‘comeback kid’ was back into an important 4th before the chequered flag.
Andrea has slipped to 3rd in the championship, but keeps himself in contention, just 13 points from the top.
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Andrea Saveri – Team Suzuki Ecstar eSport Rider
“These two races were a little bit difficult! Even though I was happy with my race pace and my speed in both races, the level was so high and I didn’t have very good grid spots, especially in Motegi. The first race in Thailand started well for me, but I got out of shape on the brakes and in order to avoid hitting the guys in front of me I had to run off the track. I was still able to gain back some positions, but it wasn’t easy. Then, in Japan, I struggled a bit but at least I could get 4th and some more points to stay in contention. I’ll give my all in the final round, thanks to everyone who supports me!”
Matteo Miyakawa - Suzuki Ecstar eSports Team Director
“This round has been a complicated and difficult one, because of the starting positions on the grid but also because of a few technical issues which can arise with online competitions. However, we’re still third in the championship with Andrea and the points gap with the other riders isn’t very big at all. We will be fighting for the title in the final round in Valencia, and Andrea is determined to give his all at the onsite event.”