The FIM have today announced details of the new MotoE World Cup which will begin in 2019.
The electric racing series will see a grid of 18 bikes take part in a number of races based in Europe, as an extra support class. The bikes will come from the seven independent MotoGP teams and four teams from the Moto2 and Moto3 paddock. The MotoGP teams will have two bikes each, with the independent teams having one bike each.
The series launch took place at an event in Rome this morning, which included details of the bike to be used.
The electric bike will be a race tuned Energica Ego, with teams running with identical machinery in a single supplier class. This follows a similar pattern to Formula E which started as a single supplier series. Once the series was established and technology advanced, it was opened up to different suppliers.
Sponsor and Format
FIM also announced that the series will be sponsored by Enel, an Italian energy company. They will be the sponsor for the start of the series.
Whilst the schedule has not been announced, the races are expected to take place at selected European rounds. There will be between 5-8 races at select circuits, of around 8 laps each.
With 18 riders on the grid over an 8 lap race, it should lead to some close racing within the series.