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December 21, 2021

Ducati MotoE bike takes to the track for the first time on the Misano circuit.


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Photos: Ducati MotoE prototype. Images provided by & copyright © DUCATI.


Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 20 December 2021 - The Ducati MotoE bike took to the track first at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Starting from the 2023 season, the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer will be the sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The electric motorcycle prototype, code-named “V21L”, is the result of the joint work of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers. Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director, led the team, and the bike was taken out on track by Michele Pirro, a professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013. He evaluated the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle.

Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director: “We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is real and still not a dream! The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and its extremely short timescales. Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible, and today’s result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick.’”

Michele Pirro, Ducati test rider: “Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history. The bike is light and already has a good balance. Furthermore, the throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to a MotoGP bike. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”

The most critical challenges in developing an electric racing motorcycle remain related to the batteries’ size, weight, and range. Ducati’s goal is to make electric motorcycles that are high-performance and characterized by their lightness available to all FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup participants.

Ducati’s experience in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup will be fundamental support for product R&D. The goal is to create a Ducati electric vehicle for road use as soon as the technology allows it. Sporty, light, exciting, and able to satisfy all enthusiasts.

Source: DUCATI

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