Dorna has announced a new schedule for the MotoE series, consisting of six races to be held at four European rounds of the MotoGP Championship. The 2019 MotoE series will now kick off in July at the Sachsenring in Germany, followed by a race at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and double headers at Misano and Valencia.
The new calendar was drawn up after a devastating fire destroyed the entire fleet of bikes and charging equipment for the MotoE series at Jerez earlier in the month.
With so much equipment gone, and so much to replace, Dorna was forced to cancel the first two rounds of MotoE, due to be held at Jerez and Le Mans, and push back the start of the season to the Sachsenring. The causes of the fire are still being examined.
In previous press releases, Dorna stated that none of the bikes was being charged when they caught fire. The current focus is on a charging station which caught fire, for an as yet unknown reason, but that is not yet confirmed.
Dorna has promised to issue a press release with more details on the causes of the fire once the investigation has been completed.
The new 2019 MotoE calendar is as follows:
- Race 1 – July 5th -7th – Sachsenring, Germany
- Race 2 – August 9th -11th – Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria
- Races 3 & 4 – September 13th -15th – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, San Marino and Riviera di Rimini
- Races 5 & 6 – November 15th -17th – Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Comunitat Valenciana