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By motogp.com

FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup: a new class of competition

After the new exciting project is unveiled in Rome, a few questions are answered about the upcoming electric racing series

Why MotoE?

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. 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.

Dorna is also analysing how to reduce carbon emissions generated by the infrastructure and logistical demands of MotoGP™.

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FIM Enel MotoE™ bike unveiled

Races, teams and riders

Races

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.

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Capirossi explains the technical side of MotoE™

Teams

There will be 18 bikes competing, distributed to teams as follows:

  • Each of the seven MotoGP™ Independent Teams will receive two bikes
  • Four bikes will be provided for Moto2™ and Moto3™ teams who choose to enter

Riders

Riders will be contracted by the teams and will be required to have sufficient experience in the world of two-wheeled racing – creating an incredible level of competition from the outset.

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Highlights from the MotoE™ launch event in Italy

The sound

The sound of MotoGP™ is unique, and even the sound of each MotoGP™ bike is unique. MotoE™ will similarly 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.

The sound of the machines slicing through the air and the squeal of the tyres – which fans can hear with MotoE™ – are a completely different way to experience racing.

Michelin – the sole tyre supplier

Michelin will be the sole tyre supplier for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup. The French marque, who also supply the premier class of Grand Prix racing, share the values of the Cup perfectly – focused on the sport, competition and incredible opportunities for technological advancement and development.

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