MotoGP organisers Dorna have today announced details regarding its new-for-2019 electric racing class MotoE, which will support several European rounds of the MotoGP world championship.
Italian electric energy company Enel was announced as the series title sponsor alongside the Energica Ego racer that will form the basis for the championship.
The grid will be made up of 18 bikes from 11 teams in its first season with MotoGP privateers Tech 3, LCR, Marc VDS, Gresini, Pramac, Angel Nieto and Avintia all running two bikes each.
Seven teams that will be selected from the Moto 2 and Moto 3 support championships will run all run a single bike each, with riders for all teams to be announced at a later date.
The official calendar will also be announced at a later date, although the number of races is likely to stand between four and six.
“Dorna together with FIM are delighted to move ahead into the world of electric mobility – an option we consider a parallel path for the future,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta at MotoE’s Rome launch this morning.
“Today we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Enel as the official title sponsor for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, as well as being the ‘sustainable power partner’ of MotoGP – a technical partner we look forward to working within this new venture.
“We are very proud to work with such a global, innovative and far-reaching company such as Enel and look forward to the collaboration which also involves IRTA, the MotoGP independent teams and the excellent Energica bike.”
Former Ducati, Suzuki and Honda MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi was on hand to give the new Moto E machine its first public demonstration.