The FIM Enel MotoE World Cup was involved in another fire-related incident on Friday when championship leader Niki Tuuli’s bike caught fire during charging.
It’s the second time that the new electric motorcycle racing championship has been caught up in fire drama after a serious incident during testing at Jerez in March, which destroyed most of the bikes.
Friday’s incident, involving Tuuli’s Ajo bike while charging at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Sunday’s second race of the season, was considerably smaller and easily contained.
“The fire was immediately extinguished by the fire department and the action was performed in complete safety,” a statement released by Dorna Sports read.
“MotoE action will continue as scheduled.”
Despite the fire drama during the day, Tuuli topped both of Friday’s Free Practice sessions with a best lap time of 1:35.225 in FP2 to go six-tenths clear of Mattia Casadei.
MotoE lap times at the Austrian circuit are so far around 1-2 seconds quicker than the junior Moto3 class, six seconds slower than Moto2 and 12 seconds off the MotoGP pace.
The second ever MotoE race is scheduled for 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT) on Sunday after an E-Pole qualifying session at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT) on Saturday.