Dorna sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP has announced the engine supplier for the new electric support series which begins in 2019.
The new championship which was announced earlier this year, will be known officially as the FIM Moto-e World Cup and will be a support race at an as yet unknown number of MotoGP rounds in 2019.
Energica, an Italian electric superbike manufacturer has won the rights to supply engines to the single engine class. Teams will use a modified version of their Energica Ego streetbike, which is claimed to be limited to 150mph andproduce up to 145bhp.
Whilst few details are confirmed for the new championship, we do know that it will begin in 2019 and there are expected to be between 15 and 20 bikes on the grid at the start.
MotoGP team bosses gave their thoughts on electric racing at the final race of the season in Valencia, with almost all of them sceptical about the impact it will make and how successful it will be. However, with petrol engines being unsustainable long term due to the finite nature of the fossil fuel, Dorna are being pro-active in developing an electric series. It should also see more young riders integrated into the paddock.
The FIM Moto-e World Cup is a new and exciting project for Dorna, and it makes us very proud to announce Energica will be the supplier in this new venture. We believe in excellence, quality and performance and we cannot think of a better collaborator with whom to launch the FIM Moto-e World Cup. Energica are an industry-leading and innovative company and we look forward to the incredible spectacle of electric-powered racing together.