Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 17 Mar 2017
Dorna hoping to start electric bike race series
The media rights holder to Moto GP and World Superbike, Dorna Sports, have revealed that they have hopes to start their own race series for electric motorcycles, which they would like to begin in 2019. The firm came up with the idea as they felt the need to replace the FIM e-power Championship. Nevertheless, Dorma are keen to make some major changes that will make the series relatively different.
Dorna Sports Boss, Carmelo Ezpeleta explained to Spain’s AS publication that the firm are looking to develop a five-round format, with 10 laps and speeds up to 125 mph, which will take place at the same time as the Grand Prix, and function as a support class.
Supposedly, two motorcycle manufacturers have already expressed interest in providing race bikes for the series, although there has been no mention of any names just yet. In addition, it has been said that Dorna are keen to take on around 14 Moto GP riders/teams to take part in the series. With some great teams in the Moto GP line up, we can only hope that Dorna will take on some of the best.
Ezpeleta stated that that race series will be completely carbon neutral, which means the host venues (which are still to be decided) will be required to install green energy power stations, which of course must be powered by solar panels or wind turbines.
We look forward to seeing the plans move forward over the next two years.