Ducati begins testing MotoE bike

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Ducati’s MotoE bike has taken to the track for the first time in Misano, Italy, ahead of the company assuming the sole supply for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup in 2023, the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship.

The electric motorcycle prototype, codenamed V21L, is the result of joint work between the Ducati Corse racing team and its R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè, Ducati e-mobility director.

Canè commented, “We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is reality and not a dream! The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and for its extremely short timescales. Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible and today’s result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick’.”

Ducati noted that the most important challenges in the development of an electric racing motorcycle remain related to the size, weight and range of the batteries. To this end the containment of weight and the consistency of power delivery during a race were key objectives in the bike’s development.

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