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Bikes Destroyed in MotoE Paddock Fire, Series Start Delayed

MotoE bikes, equipment destroyed in paddock fire; series start delayed…

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The start of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup has been postponed following a fire in the paddock during testing which destroyed the majority of equipment for the new series.

The E-Paddock, where the electric motorbikes were housed during the test, caught fire on Wednesday night following the first day of testing at Jerez.

Statements released by organizing body Dorna Sports confirmed that: “no one suffered any injury as a result and the damage was purely material.”

It appears that the fire was caused by a short circuit, the source of which is yet to be identified.

The fire then ignited the high-density battery which is part of the high-performance charger used for the bikes, although no bikes were charging when the fire started.

Dorna is still awaiting the official conclusion of the investigation by local police.

The series was set to get underway at Jerez on May 5, but that race has since been cancelled.

MotoE is still set to begin this year, and a new calendar will be confirmed in due course. Work is already underway to rebuild and replace materials and bikes lost in the fire.

Eric Granado had gone quickest in the opening day of testing, held on Wednesday, on his Avintia Esponsorama Racing machine.

It was the second of three initially scheduled pre-season tests, all at Jerez, following the first one in November, which was topped by Bradley Smith.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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