FIM and Dorna Sports introduce all-electric MotoE series

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Dorna Sports has announced that it will launch the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup in 2019, an all-electric two-wheeled championship.

Italian firm Energica Motor Company, along with its parent company CRP Group, will provide the FIM Moto-e World Cup with 18 zero emission bikes. The series aims to take alternative vision of racing onto the track and will benefit from MotoGP’s state-of-the-art TV production and substantial communication platform.

Dorna is also analysing how to reduce carbon emissions generated by the infrastructure and logistical demands of MotoGP. Races are proposed as 10 laps in duration. Any evolution achieved in terms of the bike or power will be used to improve out-and-out performance rather than increase the lap count of races.

In 2019, five races will be held at five of the European circuits on the MotoGP calendar. This leaves huge scope for MotoE in the future; beginning in Europe with a view to growing worldwide. Practice sessions will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and races on Sunday. Before the inaugural MotoE season begins, the first official test for riders and teams is scheduled to take place at the Circuito de Jerez in February 2019.

The new World Cup will be a leap into the future through the competition of the world’s first Fast Charge electric motorcycles manufactured by Italian company Energica, bringing together performance and zero emissions.

There will be 18 bikes competing, with each of the seven MotoGP Independent Teams receiving two bikes per team, whilst an additional four bikes will be provided for Moto2 and Moto3 teams who choose to enter.

Dorna is keen to highlight that MotoE will have its own unique sound, which will be very different to the noise of the premier class of Grand Prix racing. Electric bikes are quieter, but also allow fans to hear the sounds that would normally be lost in the roar of an engine. Michelin will be the sole tire supplier for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.

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