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All set for debut of Electric Bikes World Series

All set for debut of Electric Bikes World Series

on 02/07/2019

Germany’s 3.671km Sachsenring in Saxony is the venue for the inaugural round this weekend of this remarkable evolutionary motorsport series, the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup.

The five-round calendar originally coincided with the 2019 MotoGP schedule. But a disastrous fire in Jerez, Spain, in March destroyed all the electric bikes, forcing cancellation of the initial opener. The series now features six races.

The FIM and Dorna – the rights holder and governing body of MotoGP – announced early last year the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup for electric motorcycle racing would join the main stage of moto competition, the Grand Prix World Championship.

The electric-support class features 18 identical Energica bikes, fielded by 11 teams. Seven of these teams are privateers that compete in MotoGP, and include Fresini, Angel Nieto, Avintia, Pramac, Marc VDS, LCR and Tech 3. Contingent on the circuit, the electric bike races will last between seven and 10 laps.

The Energica Ego Corsa is tweaked over the base model – shedding weight is the largest change for the race bike compared to the production bike. The race bike weighs 260kg – 24kg lighter than the production Energica.

Other stats include: Engine power – up to 160 horsepower. Torque – 148 ft/lbs. Max speed – up to 168 mph (270.369 km/h). Battery pack – 20kw.

2019 CALENDAR

– Race 1 – July 5th -7th – Sachsenring, Germany

– Race 2 – August 9th -11th – Red Bull Ring, Austria

– Races 3 & 4 – September 13th -15th – Misano, Italy

– Races 5 & 6 – November 15th -17th – Valencia, Spain

– Race 1 – July 5th -7th – Sachsenring, Germany

– Race 2 – August 9th -11th – Red Bull Ring, Austria

– Races 3 & 4 – September 13th -15th – Misano, Italy

– Races 5 & 6 – November 15th -17th – Valencia, Spain

IMAGES: motogp.com

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