MotoE Championship Rescheduled After Fire Destroys Bikes And Equipment At Jerez Test

Tragedy has struck the MotoE championship at Jerez. Shortly after midnight, a fire broke out in the specially constructed unit holding the MotoE machines, destroying all of the bikes and a large part of the equipment involved with the series. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the fire.

Alex De Angelis, racing in the series for the OCTO Pramac team, posted a picture of the fire on his Instagram feed, showing the extent of the blaze.

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Tom's Tech Treasures: Close Up With The 2019 MotoE And Triumph-Powered Moto2 Machines

Behind the fairing of the Kalex (Marc VDS)
Peter Bom: A typical winter test photo. The wiring hasn't been tidied up and isn't very neat. Below the clutch lever, you can see a sensor which measures the movement of the steering damper. This isn't part of the ECU strategy (yet), but it does tell the data engineer a lot about the position of the bike, for example, if the bike is getting sideways when braking.

Triggered wheel to compute the wheel speed (MotoE)

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2018 Jerez MotoE Saturday Test Times: Smith Fastest As Times Drop

The weather hit the MotoE riders perhaps even more hard than the Moto2 riders: there are 12 bikes present, and 19 riders, so riders in two-rider teams are having to share bikes. And when some sessions are wet and some dry, making comparisons is hard.

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2018 Jerez MotoE Test Friday Times: Tuuli Fastest In MotoE Debut

MotoE made its debut at Jerez on Friday, the electric bikes taking to the track in earnest for the first time. Feedback from the riders if very positive, Bradley Smith telling us, "It feels like a race bike". Track conditions were tricky, with a half-wet, half dry session early in the afternoon, and a fully dry session at the end of the afternoon, so times do not mean too much at the moment. There is a lot of setup work still to be done.


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