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FIM MotoE World Cup
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Series Information
Official Name FIM Enel MotoE World Cup
Announced 6 February 2018[1]
Based Flag of Spain Madrid, Spain
Inaugural Season 2019
No. Races 0
Supports
Current Season
Drivers Champion None
Teams Champion None
Constructors Flag of Italy Energica Motorcycle Company
Manufacturers {{{manufacturers}}}
Tyres Flag of France Michelin

The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, otherwise known simply as MotoE, is an all electric racing series developed to use electrically powered motorbikes.[1] The series, which is promoted by Dorna Sports SL and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in support of the MotoGP series, overcame a pre-season fire to make its debut in 2019, with eighteen drivers fielding identical Energica Ego Corsa bikes against one-another.[1][2][3]

MotoE and the ABB FIA Formula E Championship bare no direct relation, although they do share a similar philosophy as well as a mutual tyre supplier in Michelin.[4]

Background

Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holders for the MotoGP Championship, announced their intentions to stage an all electric bike racing series on the 6 February 2018.[1] The new creation, dubbed the FIM MotoE World Cup, immediately attracted a title sponsor in the form of Enel, with Italian bike constructor Energica securing a deal to supply the series.[1][3] Dorna and the FIM also decided that the new series would use identical bikes, with privateer teams from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 all incentivised to take part.[1]

History

MotoE began testing in November 2018, with several former MotoGP winners, as well as Moto2 Champions, registered as entries.[5] An initial six race calendar was announced with the series starting in 2019, although a major fire at the final pre-season test on 16 March 2019 saw all of the series' bikes destroyed.[2] A revised six race schedule was revealed in the following weeks, with races at Jerez and Le Mans dropped.[6]

Energica managed to build eighteen new bikes before the end of May, with the series staging one final test in late June prior to its inaugural race, staged at the Sachsenring in Germany on 7 July 2019.[7]

References

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References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jake Kilshaw, 'MOTOE: MotoGP Organizer Dorna Launches Electric Motorbike Series', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 06/02/2018), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/motoe/motogp-organizer-dorna-launches-electric-motorbike-series/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'MotoE reveals cause of fire that destroyed bikes', eurosport.co.uk, (EuroSport, 29/03/2019), https://www.eurosport.co.uk/moto/motoe-reveals-cause-of-fire-that-destroyed-bikes_sto7206120/story.shtml, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'STRAIGHT TO THE RACING HEART: ENERGICA TO SUPPLY MOTORCYCLES FOR FIM ENEL MOTOE WORLD CUP', energicamotor.com, (Energica Motorcycle Company S.p.A., 12/12/2017), https://www.energicamotor.com/8524-energica-supply-motorcycles-fim-motoe-world-cup/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named MichelinA
  5. Jake Kilshaw, 'MOTOE: Former Champions Amongst Inaugural MotoE Field', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 18/11/2018), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/motoe/former-champions-amongst-inaugural-motoe-field/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
  6. 'New MotoE™ calendar announced', motogp.com, (Dorna Sports SL, 27/06/2019), http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2019/03/26/new-motoe-calendar-announced/287184, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Debut
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