Press Release: MotoE Championship Details Announced - 5 Races, Riders To Be Announced At Aragon

On Saturday at Misano, Dorna announced further details about the MotoE championship for electric motorcycles, due to make its debut next season. The championship will consist of five races, at Jerez, Le Mans, Sachsenring, Austria, and Misano. The championship will feature 18 riders from 12 teams, with the riders due to be announced at the next race in Aragon.

The press release with the details of the championship appears below:


FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup calendar confirmed at Misano
Five races will make up the inaugural season, from Jerez to Misano

At Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup took another big step towards becoming a reality in 2019 as the Team Principals, FIM President Vito Ippolito, IRTA CEO Mike Trimby, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and MotoE™ Executive Director Nicolas Goubert gathered on the grid for a photo opportunity and more details about the Cup were announced.

Calendar

The calendar is the biggest headline, and races will take place at the following circuits as part of each respective Grand Prix event in 2019:

Jerez - 5th May
Le Mans - 19th May
Sachsenring - 7th July
Austria - 11th August
Misano - 15th September

Races

More details on the races themselves have also been released. MotoE™ will be intense, high-adrenaline races that will ensure the power from the bike will remain constant from the first lap to the last. Depending on circuit length, the duration of the races will be between seven and ten laps.

The Bike

The racing-spec 2019 Energica Ego Corsa has a number of adjustments to the production model. The weight is one of the biggest changes, with the racing machine streamlined by an incredible 20kg – lowering the weight 260kg.

Engine power: up to 120kw
Torque: 200N.m
Max speed: up to 270km/h
Battery pack: 20kw

Riders

Riders will be announced at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.

Teams

The Team Principles for those competing were part of the Photo Opportunity at Misano. Previously confirmed, the teams with two MotoE™ entries are Tech 3 Racing, LCR Team, Pramac Racing, Esponsorama Racing, Gresini Racing and the Angel Nieto Team. Teams with a single MotoE™ entry are Sepang International Circuit, Marc VDS Racing Team, Ajo Motorsport, Pons Racing, Dynavolt Intact GP and SIC58 Squadra Corse.

Test Dates

November 23rd to 25th 2018 - March 13th to 15th 2019 - April 23rd to 25th 2019

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Comments

What will they sound like ? Will they smell good ? 

A new class, heavy with the power of a 600.

Give them time & they will get faster, I guess ?

While it is a " one make " class & all the bikes are the same, there will be no improvement in the technology ! So what is the point ? Token zero emissions racing so Dorna et al can pretend they care ?

Five rounds in Europe. Not Mugello because they would look slow. Seven laps is not too long, but still gives us time to get a beverage and or snack before the next resources guzzling bike race.

Tyres ? Not mentioned in the press release, another different tyre maker to add to the mixture of stuff left on the track surface ?

Good luck to them.

572 pounds! Holy Moly Batman! Think of the crash inertia. High sides. Hopefully injuries are no worse than regular GP.

As soon as they figure out how to build light weight batteries with a ton of capacity... bye bye combustion engine.   It's already starting with electric vehicles; hybrids/evs are available all over the place (in 1st world), and by most major manufacturers; Walmart has recently expanded it's fleet of Tesla trucks from 15 to 45, etc.

Racing just demands too much of the current state of EV tech at the mo.

I wonder if they can't last the full race without that large heavy battery....regardless, excited to watch the races. Interested to see how the bikes deal with crashes....could be more dangerous then petrol engines crashing.