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Electric bikes to race at MotoGP E World Cup

Electric bikes to race at MotoGP E World Cup

A motor bike race powered by electric bikes – MotoGP E World Cup – is to make its debut in 2019. Sustainable power is spreading its race track reach, taking the fuelling excitement to another level

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Sustainable power is coming to two-wheeler racing. After Formula E Championship for electric racing cars, it’s now the turn of motorbike racing. FIM and MotoGP have tied up with energy firm Enel to launch the first MotoGP E World Cup racing championship in 2019. Michelin, the official tyre supplier to MotoGP, will deliver the tyres for this race as well.

The racing version of the Energica Ego bike has been revealed in Rome. The grid will comprise 18 bikes across 11 teams from the grand prix circuit. All seven privateer MotoGP teams – Tech 3, LCR, Marc VDS, Pramac, Avintia, Angel Nieto (formerly Aspar) and Gresini – will field two bikes each, while four teams drawn from the Moto2 and Moto3 classes will run one bike apiece.

“Dorna together with FIM are delighted to move ahead into the world of electric mobility – an option we consider a parallel path for the future,” Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was quoted by media as saying. Dorna is the racing event’s commercial rights holder.

“Today we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Enel as the official title sponsor for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, as well as being the Sustainable Power Partner of MotoGP – a technical partner we look forward to working with in this new venture.

“We are satisfied with the commitment and values Enel encapsulates, as they perfectly highlight the principles that the new FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is founded on.

“We are very proud to work with such a global, innovative and far-reaching company such as Enel and look forward to the collaboration which also involves IRTA, the MotoGP Independent Teams and the excellent Energica bike.

“You can be sure that together we can make the Cup a resounding success.”

The calendar for the MotoE World Cup has yet to be confirmed, but it is expected to consist of five eight-lap races, all in Europe – most likely starting at Jerez.

There are currently more than a billion vehicles on Earth. If the rate of growth within the mobility sector continues increasing as it has, that number could rise to three billion vehicles within the next thirty years. This sharply increases the need for sustainable mobility and is driving manufacturers towards more economically friendly solutions. Of those, one of the most important is the dawn of electric mobility.

This is why Dorna Sports will launch the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup in 2019, a statement said. Rooted in cutting edge technology, the zero-emissions series aims to take alternative vision of racing onto the track. Competing as a new class at FIM MotoGP World Championship events, MotoE will be a globally visible example of high-octane yet zero-emission motorsport – benefitting from MotoGP’s state-of-the-art TV production and substantial communication platform.

Michelin

Michelin is the official tyre supplier for the FIM Moto-e World Cup, which begins in 2019. The supplier for the premier class of Grand Prix racing, MotoGP, Michelin are the perfect collaborator for the new Moto-e World Cup as high-octane racing meets zero emissions, Dorna says.

Michelin, based in Clermont-Ferrand in France, joined MotoGP as sole tyre supplier in 2016. Since then, the premier class has enjoyed two of the most spectacular seasons ever, setting a high benchmark in the world of two-wheeled motorsport. Now adding the FIM Moto-e World Cup to their impressive racing portfolio, the French marque are sure to provide excellence, expertise and experience once again – as well as the vision and innovation necessary for this exciting new series.

Pascal Couasnon, Motorsport Director at Michelin, says: “For as long as Michelin has existed, the projects in which it has been involved have sought to take mobility forward, while making it safer, more economical and more respectful of the planet. Progress needs all the stakeholders to innovate, not only on the technological front but also in terms of their vision. As motorcycle racing’s first all-electric competition, the FIM Moto-e World Cup’s creation by the FIM [Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme] and Dorna Sports is a concrete, meaningful move in favour of mobility. For Michelin, it will provide us with an invaluable laboratory for the development of innovations that will go on to feature on our road tyres. We are consequently delighted to be in at the very beginning of this new championship as a technology partner.”

Pau Serracanta, Managing Director – Commercial Area, Dorna, comments: “We are thrilled to extend and strengthen our relationship with Michelin and see them come on board for this new and exciting series. The FIM Moto-e World Cup will be synonymous with innovation and we are sure Michelin are the perfect collaborator with whom to embark on this project. Together we will commit to push forward towards a new age of sustainable but thrilling on-track action.”

(Published in February-March 2018 issue of Tyre Asia)

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