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Former Champions Amongst Inaugural MotoE Field

Several former champions are amongst the 18-rider entry list for inaugural MotoE season…

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Several former motorcycling world champions are amongst the 18 riders signed up for the inaugural FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, which gets underway next year.

The full entry list for the new championship, which uses identical all-electric motorcycles and will support MotoGP events, was released earlier this week.

2011 Moto3 world champion Nico Terol, 2008 125 world champion Mike de Meglio and former FIM Endurance world champions Kenny Foray and Josh Hook are all included in the field.

Two-time MotoGP runner-up Sete Gibernau and former European Moto2 champion Eric Granado also add to the experience in the field.

Official testing will get underway at Jerez on Nov. 23-25, followed by additional running in March and April.

The field will race as part of the support package for MotoGP at five European events next season, starting at Jerez on May 5.

It will later visit the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit, Sachsenring, Red Bull Ring and Misano, with a double-header event at the Italian circuit on Sept. 15.

Races will last approximately 15 minutes and will take place on the Sunday morning, ahead of the Moto3 race.

All riders will use Energica Ego Corsa bikes, which will be identical apart from select parts, such as springs, which teams will be able to choose from a range depending on each rider’s specific needs.

The bike has a battery capacity of 20 kWh and produces up to 120 kW.

It has been demonstrated on track at each MotoGP round this season, including by Loris Capirossi, Alessandro Brannetti and Jorge Aspar Martinez at the season finale in Valencia this weekend.

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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    November 17, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I’m excited to watch it but it really shows how far behind the motorcycle industry is from the car industry. This is significantly behind even FE season 1.

    They can catch up quickly if the desire is there to do so. But I find it hard to believe that Dorna and all the manufacturers are going to rush for this to grow exponentially. Like most in the motorsport world, they’d rather put their fingers in their ears and sing la la la than actually face up to the fact that electric isn’t just some little side project that will stay niche and run alongside MotoGP for decades to come.

    It will entirely take over or motorsport will die a quick death.

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