After saying the 2019 FIM MotoE World Cup roughly a yr in the past, particulars have been sluggish to emerge about this electrical motorbike collection, which can run in parallel to the MotoGP Championship.
Late final yr we discovered that Italian agency Energica had received the contract to provide MotoE with race bikes, which might be primarily based off the Energica Ego manufacturing superbike, and now right this moment we study a bit bit extra about this fledgling collection.
In a press occasion saying Enel because the title sponsor (extra on that in a minute), Dorna and the FIM laid out the fundamentals for MotoE, by way of groups, bikes, tracks, and race format.
As such, Dorna envisions 10-lap races for the MotoE World Cup, with little want to extend the race distance because the collection continues past its 2019 begin date.
That is in order that because the efficiency of the electrical bikes will increase, so does the spectacle, quite than attempting to cram extra laps right into a race.
For the inaugural season, 5 races will happen (places TBD), all of which might be at European rounds for the MotoGP Championship. That is no coincidence, as Dorna and the FIM hope to make use of the eye of MotoGP to propel electrical motorbike racing into the general public consciousness.
That is additionally an essential facet, because the 18-bike grid might be crammed by present grand prix groups. To fill these grid spots, every of the eight unbiased MotoGP groups might be supplied with two bikes, with the 4 remaining machines to be slotted into Moto2 or Moto3 groups who selected to enter MotoE.
This bike allotment is probably going Dorna’s killer app for the MotoE World Cup, because it ensures that recognizable names, groups, and types might be discovered on the MotoE grid, which offers not solely legitimacy to the collection, but additionally helps interact already current fan bases.
Follow periods will happen on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the races will happen on Sunday – mimicking the present GP schedule. The primary pre-season take a look at is about to happen at Jerez, later this month.
Michelin will proceed as a single-tire provider within the GP paddock, offering rubber to the MotoE groups. Enel, the title sponsor for the collection, can even be on-hand to assist with charging the electrical bikes.
The partnership with Enel is definitely fairly in depth, with the Italian electrical firm offering fast-charging stations to the MotoE paddock, in addition to inexperienced vitality provide/storage on-site on the 5 MotoE venues.
Enel can even be working with the MotoGP Championship to make the thermic motorbike paddock extra vitality environment friendly.
On the technical aspect of issues, Dorna says that Enel can even make use of a battery-equiped cellular charger on the MotoE races, which can recharge the machines in lower than 30 minutes.
That is perhaps a tall order although, with Dorna boasting the Energica Ego race bikes might have as much as 50 kWh of battery on board (roughly double of what we see from the 550+ lbs TT Zero bikes), which is doubtful declare in its personal proper.
Nonetheless, the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup is more likely to push electrical motorbike racing firmly into the general public consciousness, with Dorna and the FIM successfully leveraging the success of the MotoGP Championship to launch the brand new collection.
The large query although: will the racing be any good? As all the time, time will inform.