Ducati is to become the electric motorcycle supplier to the FIM MotoE championship 2023, with its contract running until 2026. This follows the announcement that Energica will cease its support of the series after the 2022 season. Ducati says it will use its involvement in MotoE to advance the development of electric road bike offerings.
Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, commented, “We are proud of this agreement because, like all the first times, it represents a historic moment for our company. Ducati is always projected toward the future and every time it enters a new world, it does so to create the best-performing product possible. This agreement comes at the right time for Ducati, which has been studying the situation of electric powertrains for years, because it will allow us to experiment in a well-known and controlled field like that of racing competition.
“We will work to make available to all participants of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup electric bikes that are high-performance and characterized by lightness. It is precisely on weight, a fundamental element of sports bikes, that the greatest challenge will be played out. Lightness has always been in Ducati’s DNA, and thanks to the technology and chemistry of the batteries that are evolving rapidly, we are convinced that we can obtain an excellent result. We test our innovations and our futuristic technological solutions on circuits all over the world, and then make exciting and desirable products available to Ducatisti. I am convinced that once again we will build on the experiences we have had in the world of racing competition to transfer them and apply them also on production bikes.”
No details have been revealed about the specification of the bikes Ducati will supply, or whether the powertrain will be entirely developed in-house or in conjunction with specialist partners.