2019 MotoGP eSport World Champion Andrea ‘AndrewZh’ Saveri has signed with Ducati Corse, the new esports team of the bike manufacturer. A dream come true for the young esports star.
The 18-year old Italian looks to defend his championship title this year with Ducati’s newly founded esports team Ducati Corse. With their collaboration, they renew their alliance from last year, when AndrewZh was elected as Ducati’s representative at the world championship.
Now, for the 2020 season, he is going to compete as an official Ducati esports rider. AndrewZh finished eight at the ProDraft, the pre-stage of the world championship, and will run against ten other riders in the Global Series.
The participants of the Global Series will race at four offline events, commencing at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello during the Italian Grand Prix on May 29. The final found is going to be stages in Valencia on November 13.
A dream come true
For AndrewZh, his signing with Ducati Corse is nothing short of a sensation: “Becoming an official Ducati rider and wearing the colours of the squad from Borgo Panigale is a dream come true,” comments the rider. In fact, AndrewZh was born in Bologna, close to Ducati’s headquarters.
Ducati Corse’s Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti added: “We were already discussing this relationship with Andrea before he became World Champion in order to be able to dress him with the official colours of Ducati Corse, riding a virtual Desmosedici GP bike, for the 2020 World Championship.”
It seems the two parties have found the perfect fit for one another. One thing is for certain however: this year’s competition is going to be even harder than 2019. “It was not easy to gain access to the final challenge, as this year the level is very high,” reflects the defending world champion.
Photo credit: MotoGP eSport