Production of Ducati MotoE bikes for the 2023 championship begins as the dawn of Ducati’s electric era commences.
Ducati has combined its renowned racing and production skills to create a MotoE prototype that will explore uncharted territory in the world of electric sports bikes. And after a successful track intro and test trial with Michele Pirro at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli a year ago, production of the 2023 MotoE World Championship V21L is already underway.
The Ducati MotoE project has been vigorously tested for an entire year by Michele Pirro, Alex De Angelis, and Chaz Davies on the V21L prototype. A fleet of 23 V21Ls will be finished by mid-February in advance of two pre-season tests that have been scheduled at Jerez and Barcelona before racing begins on May 13th in France. All riders and teams will have three days of testing in March at Jerez followed by additional three days of trials at the Montmelò circuit in Barcelona during April.
The Ducati MotoE Racing Department has assembled 18 motorbikes that will be raced, as well as five spares. The combination of Ducati R&D engineers with the Ducati Corse team created a unique MotoGP experience, fusing electronic technologies and chassis dimensions developed specifically for this purpose alongside the design process used in bikes such as the Panigale V4.
On Saturday, May 13th, the inaugural race for the 2023 MotoE World Championship will commence at France’s Grand Prix and run over eight GP weekends with two Saturday races per event.
“The start of production of the Ducati MotoE is a historic moment for our company, which with this project is thoroughly studying the technologies of the future for the world of motorcycling. It is an important area of experimentation, in which we are investing to build know-how, so that we will be ready when battery technology should allow the creation of an exciting electric road bike with the weight, performance and range that enthusiasts expect from a Ducati. We are therefore embarking on this new adventure with the aim of developing the people and skills within the company to shape what the character of a future Ducati electric road bike might be. The MotoE project represents a decisive step for Ducati to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions on the product side, alongside research into synthetic fuels (eFuel) that can reduce the total CO2 emissions of internal combustion engines to zero. Environmental sustainability is something that all individuals and all companies must consider a priority if the delicate balance of the planet is to be preserved. Ducati is committed to this also at industrial level, and the construction of the new Finitura e Delibera Estetica area classified as Nearly Zero Energy Building is just the latest example.” – Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati.