The FIM is ready to give this electric motorcycle racing thing another try, and this time around the governing body has tapped Dorna (media rights holder to MotoGP & WorldSBK) to handle the details. As such, the MotoE World Cup was created.
Set to take place during five European grand prix rounds, MotoE will rely on teams already in the MotoGP paddock. Those teams will campaign the Energica Evo Corse electric superbike, which is very similar to the road-going version, sans 45 lbs of street-legal bulk.
We have yet to see the names of riders who will be on the spec 160hp machines, but the series of sprint races should prove to be an interesting spectacle for the fans in attendance, with a plethora of bikes banging handlebars each lap (albeit, quietly).
We expect to get the full rider lineup at the Aragon round for the MotoGP Championship, but as of right now we have the schedule for 2019 in our hands. The MotoE World Cup rounds will be at Jerez, Le Mans, Sachsenring, Spielberg, and Misano.
The 2019 MotoE World Cup Schedule:
- May 5th, Jerez, Spain
- May 19th, Le Mans, France
- July 7th, Sachsenring, Germany
- August 11th, Spielberg, Austria
- September 15th, Misano, San Marino