In real-life MotoGP racing, the series utilises what’s called a ‘long lap penalty’ to penalise indiscretions in a neat way. Often, a drive-through penalty can ruin a race for a rider who makes a small mistake, so these days each track as a little extra loop on one specific corner and should someone receive a penalty, they must take this extra route.
Think of it as a joker lap in rallycross or the WTCR at Vila Real but mandatory if you’ve been a bit naughty.
MotoGP 21 is the first game in the series to introduce this system. It means implementing new ways of how penalties are applied and changing every track layout to match. But, for this year, the team at Milestone has achieved it.
The first gameplay clip sees you ride behind Jack Miller in his box-fresh Ducati around Circuito de Jerez. After making a jump-start, you then take the long lap penalty on the final corner. It’s one of the new features for this year’s game and something the fans have been crying out for.
This adds an extra level to the authenticity, but as for the online, career and the new crash animation, we’ll get back to you soon when these are previewed. MotoGP 21 is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series this time around when it’s launched next month. Stay tuned for more on the game as and when we get hold of it.