The CEO of electric motorcycle manufacturer Energica Motor Company says she’s pleased with the successful debut of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup after a “very tough” preparation process.
Livia Cevolini (pictured above with podium finishers Bradley Smith, Niki Tuuli and Mike Di Meglio) explained the difficulties of preparing the field of 18 identical Energica Ego Corsas in time for the first ever MotoE round, held on Sunday at the Sachsenring.
This was because of a fire that destroyed the entire paddock during a pre-season test at Jerez in March, sending the championship back to square one.
Series organizer Dorna Sports was forced to delay MotoE’s debut race by several weeks, while Energica was tasked with preparing another batch of bikes in just two months.
“I have to say I’m very excited above all because of that,” commented Cevolini.
“For us, it’s been very tough because we’ve had to do the championship twice.
“With one championship, it was difficult enough in a little less than one year, now we’ve had to do another in two months.
“This is something incredible, we’re making history, with a company that was only born two years ago. Incredible.”
The championship’s manager described the inaugural race as a “great moment”, highlighting the entertainment produced by the innovative electric bikes.
“It’s really great, and a great moment because it’s the first race ever with 18 electric bikes on the same track,” added Nicolas Goubert, MotoE’s executive director.
“We had a great show, we had a very impressive E-Pole [on Saturday] with the guys going one at a time. We saw some impressive shots from Eric Granado, for example, making big slides and rear tire fumes.
“We had the first race ever in difficult conditions, because the track was wet during the Warmup for [other] categories and then it dried up just before the start of MotoE.
“It was declared a wet race but at the end, everybody picked up the slick tire choice. We saw great battles between these guys with a lot of overtaking, so it was a great moment.”
Race-Ending Red Flag Explained
Goubert explained the reason for prematurely ending the race after a crash for Lorenzo Savadori, explaining that similar conditions would have warranted a red flag in any category.
The seven-lap race ended two laps early, with a red flag coming out on Lap 6 when Savadori went off track and his bike burst the air bag barrier.
While the MotoE bikes are heavier than MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 machines, making them more likely to puncture air bags, Goubert says that a similar procedure would have been necessary “whatever the category”.
“He had to run on the curbs and because of the rain this morning, the curb was wet so he lost grip straight away and had a crash at quite high speed,” explained the former Michelin technical director.
“What was unfortunate was that the air fence was damaged, and when you have a damaged air fence, whatever the category, it’s a red flag.
“We had to red flag it because we had already done five laps, which is more than two-thirds of the race distance, so that was the end of the race.”