[UPDATE] MotoGP: Despite Cancellation, There’s Still a (Twit)GP This Weekend


What Happens When Social Media Meets Bored MotoGP-ers

1:38pm EST — While most knew that the MotoGP race in Japan this weekend would be canceled Sunday and the FIM announced Monday that it has been rescheduled for October 3, a dedicated band of insiders and fans have determined that there will, in fact, be a GP this weekend.  Seemingly based solely on Twitter and with no website, the first ever TwitGP has begun, and begun collecting quite the talent base.  Run through two Twitter accounts, TwitGP and TwitGP PR, there have been clever ideas, proposed race, qualifying, practices, a pitwalkabout, and wildcard riders, including a returning Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan. There doesn’t yet seem to be any participation from actual riders, but Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies are dedicated tweeters and might just get in on the action, too.

With regular and former MotoGP journalists and commentators Gavin Emmett, Toby Moody, Suzi Perry, as well as support from Fiat Yamaha (a donated signed Rossi shirt) and Rossi’s mechanic Alex Briggs, followers that include HusqvarnaMotoUK, and many others.  While no schedule has yet been announced, they have been getting some press from newspapers, including The Mirror.  So, if you are as disappointed as the rest of the MotoGP fans and MotoGP community seem to be by the rescheduled Japanese GP (especially after that cracker of a season opener at Losail), follow the TwitGP folks through the above Twitter links and send some air horn “hoooonk!”s their way.

4:19pm EST — In a most amusing turn of events, there also appears to be a TwitDorna as well, run by “Twarmelo Twezpeleta,” though TwitGP has noted that “ONLY @TwitGP & @TwitGPpr are official. Imitators are flattering but nowt to do with us.”

In sadder news, TwitGP announced that “News Update: Multiple World Champ Agostini Rejects Offer of #TwitGP Wildcard – “Schumacher has shown there is no value in going back”.

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