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MotoE Prepares for Inaugural Race at Sachsenring

MotoE to hold first race this weekend in support of German MotoGP round at Sachsenring…

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The first race of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will take place this weekend as part of the German MotoGP round at the Sachsenring.

A field of 18 riders will compete at the east German circuit in the first of six races for the new all-electric motorcycle championship.

All riders use identical Energica Ego Corsa bikes with limited scope for modification to keep costs down.

The series was first announced early last year while its first test took place at Jerez in November.

A paddock fire at a subsequent test in March destroyed most of the series’ equipment, forcing the season’s start to be delayed while Italian manufacturer Energica rebuilt bikes in time for a final pre-season test last month.

That test included a seven-lap simulation race won by Eric Granado, while Niki Tuuli set the fastest lap time of the three-day test at Valencia.

The series’ sporting regulations were released publicly last week along with details of the event format.

Qualifying will differ to the system used in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3, with a single-lap ‘E-Pole’ shootout used to determine the grid order.

This will take place on Saturday after a pair of 30-minute Free Practice sessions on Friday. The combined order from Free Practice will decide the order in which riders set their E-Pole laps.

The inaugural MotoE race will take place at 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT) on Sunday.

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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    Chris

    July 5, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    So many parallels with FE’s first season. Only difference is FE was only a one make series for one season. No signs of that with Moto E. Which is sad considering they’re 5 years behind.

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