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.

Times:

Pos No Rider Team Time Diff Prev
1 66 Niki Tuuli Ajo Motorsport 1:51.721    
2 51 Eric Granado Avintia Esponsorama 1:51.842 0.121 0.121
3 14 Randy De Puniet LCR E-Team 1:51.906 0.185 0.064
4 38 Bradley Smith One Energy 1:52.339 0.618 0.433
5 5 Alex De Angelis Alma Pramac 1:52.403 0.682 0.064
6 63 Mike Di Meglio EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:52.574 0.853 0.171
7 2 Jesko Raffin Dynavolt Intact GP 1:52.675 0.954 0.101
8 32 Lorenzo Savadori Trentino Gresini 1:52.689 0.968 0.014
9 15 Sete Gibernau Pons Racing 1:52.817 1.096 0.128
10 8 M. Casadei   1:53.629 1.908 0.812
11 18 Nico Terol Angel Nieto Team 1:54.192 2.471 0.563
12 78 Kenny Foray Tech3 E-Racing 1:54.413 2.692 0.221

Combined times from all four sessions:

Pos No Rider Team Time Diff Prev
1 66 Niki Tuuli Ajo Motorsport 1:51.721    
2 51 Eric Granado Avintia Esponsorama 1:51.842 0.121 0.121
3 14 Randy De Puniet LCR E-Team 1:51.906 0.185 0.064
4 38 Bradley Smith One Energy 1:52.339 0.618 0.433
5 5 Alex De Angelis Alma Pramac 1:52.403 0.682 0.064
6 63 Mike Di Meglio EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:52.574 0.853 0.171
7 2 Jesko Raffin Dynavolt Intact GP 1:52.675 0.954 0.101
8 32 Lorenzo Savadori Trentino Gresini 1:52.689 0.968 0.115
9 15 Sete Gibernau Pons Racing 1:52.817 1.096 0.142
10 8 Matteo Casadei Ongetta SIC58 1:53.629 1.908 0.812
11 7 Niccolo Canepa LCR E-Team 1:53.959 2.238 0.330
12 18 Nico Terol Angel Nieto Team 1:54.192 2.471 0.233
13 78 Kenny Foray Tech3 E-Racing 1:54.413 2.692 0.221
14 16 Josh Hook Alma Pramac 1:55.731 4.010 1.318
15 11 Matteo Ferrari Trentino Gresini 1:58.314 6.593 2.583
16 6 Maria Herrera Angel Nieto Team 2:00.562 8.841 2.248
17 84 Julian Miralles Avintia Esponsorama 2:06.002 14.281 5.440
18 27 Luca Vitali Ongetta SIC58 2:06.560 14.839 0.558
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They sound like those racers from Star Wars. I didn't see Anakin Skywalker in the riders list though. Awesome!

Total votes: 20

That’s five seconds slower than the 125cc eight years ago. Nice. 

Is anybody really interested in this politically driven vacuum cleaner class? I feel it is being shoved down our throats.

Nice to see Sete Gibernau in the mix though. Doing pretty good in this field. 

Total votes: 33

I am, because I'm not so narrow minded and short sighted that I have to discard a new piece of technology because "the old bikes are for men, mate, these RC toys will never be real bikes!!! I tell you the day they stop making them with engines is the day I stop riding!!!".

So let's see, you're worried about a new piece of technology being slow on it's first formal day of testing.
Compare the first test of the IOM TT Zero with subsequent years and let me know if you think they've stagnated.

2020/2021 should see graphene ball lithium ion batteries if Samsung is to be believed - and they have a pretty decent record on innovation so far - so you'll see lighter, more powerful (also cheaper according to Samsung), longer lasting, more thermally stable and faster charging bikes. In theory BEVs have a much higher potential than ICEs, and we're only starting to mass produce and develop them.

Being shoved down your throat? No bud, no one is showing a new class with 5 races per year down your throat. Don't wanna watch it? Then don't, it's not required by law. You get one more racing series for free and the first thing you do is complain.

Political? Yeah I'm fairly sure climate change is not political.
We can continue going forward stubbornly because we love the wroom sound or actually start devising alternative plans and not setting off a chain reaction which we will never be able to ammend.

And yes I'm genuinely interested in this technology, both from a technological aspect and from a racing enthusiast's point of view. The development of BEVs will benefit society much more than the development of ICEs, remember that those batteries are everywhere.

Also they will most likely shave a couple of seconds by the next test.
 

Total votes: 6

I am absolutely interested in this, I love seeing new technology pushed to the limits and it’s nice to see environmentally friendly racing too. Sure, it’s not the same as ICE powered racing but you I think once racers get used to these machines, it will be better than what the shows so far. I can imagine having instant torque and no need to shift gears can be an advantage when coming out of corners for instance. Im cautiously optimistic.

Total votes: 3

I don’t get how this is political or how it is being forced on anyone. My TV is just like my bike - the throttle goes both ways and it has a kill-switch.  

Electric bikes will get faster and lighter, just like  internal combustion vehicles did. I’ve been racing and riding on track for 30 years and the noise has always been my least favorite part. I can’t wait for the electric future! 

Total votes: 26

I'm not a fan of alternative energy for my motorized equipment whether it's my car, bike or snowblower.  I like many people will miss the exhaust note of a racing engine at full song.  Nonetheless the racing may very well be exciting to watch and as an ex racer to mix it up with 15 other racers I imagine the thrill of the competition would be satisfying and more than make up for the lack of noise.  The competition is the thing, I'd race wheelbarrows if they had a racing series!  Fans may want the noise, racers wear earplugs and helmets.  But hey, nobody will force you to watch these guys!

Total votes: 1

They'll get a few seconds faster still. In qualifying trim that is, can only do so much before the battery overheats and/or drains. I can't imagine they're that much fun to ride though, they're very heavy but also very slow at the same time. Notice how all they ever mention is torque and how great it is. It's because it's the only good thing about an electric motor. Some decent riders in there which will hopefully make up for the boring bikes.

Total votes: 1

E-drive bikes are the way of the future.  I'm excited to watch the technology progress.  How many years before MotoGP, the top class, is on e-drive bikes?  My guess is 5 or more years, but certainly less than 10.
I can't wait to see what max torque at any RPM has on offer, and how the tire manufacturers are going to handle the different power characteristics

Total votes: 2

I get that two stroke racing fuel is the sweetest smelling thing ever. I understand that people don't like electric bikes but they are the future. It won't be long before Motogp & F1 will be electric, probably in our lifetime. You can include everything you drive or ride as well. Everything I've read suggests they make awesome road bikes to ride, range notwithstanding. Once development shifts into top gear in the entire auto industry, I'm sure we will see significant improvements in all areas. The sporting electric road bikes already have superbike beating power and torque.

Total votes: 3

Having watched the progress of TT Zero since 2009, I have to say I am impressed with the speed and technological progress. The machines are truly awesome but just lack one ingredient, excitement. There just ain't enough of them and even fewer capable of running competitively for long enough. 

I've tried to get excited about them, I really have, just as I have about Formula E. Maybe it's an age thing and younger people may see something in it but I am struggling.

As for an electric future, my opinion is that it will be devoted to purely travel, electric scooters and soul less cars to fulfill a transport need. I really do want to be positive but I just can't, not just yet anyway!

Total votes: 0

I'm seriously looking forward to the MotoE future! As much as I have a nostalgic love for the internal combusiton engine (I grew up at flattrack races in the 70s, love the sound of a Ducati and even the sweet smell of a good ol' 2 stroke) but I can't wait to see what the E bikes of the future will bring. Before you know it they'll have a motor the size and weight of a cantaloupe that puts out 300hp. The development of the ICE has plateaued it and its just a matter of time before they are overtaken by electric motors. Can't wait!

Total votes: 1