Energica supplying bikes for 2019 Electric MotoGP

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  1. voltsxamps

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    Energica powers 2019 electric MotoGP
    POSTED ON 13TH DECEMBER, 2017 BY MARK HINCHLIFFE
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    Electric bikes will race in support MotoGP races from 2019 and the Italian electric motorcycle company Energica will supply the bikes.


    The FIM Moto-e World Cup will run as a support event at select MotoGP rounds around the world.

    There is no word yet on which rounds will feature the electric races, but they expect up to 20 bikes to compete in the inaugural season, with races of about 10 laps.

    MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna of Spain awarded the contract to Energica ahead of Belgian company Sarolea.

    FIM boss Vito Ippolito says the Moto-e World Cup championship supports the development of new technologies.

    “Energica is proving itself to be a reliable and expert leader in this sector and with the highly qualified support of Dorna we are sure that we are taking the road to success,” he says.[​IMG]

    Riders will compete on race versions of the Energica Ego powered by a permanent magnet AC electric motor.

    I’m looking forward to watching this!
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    This should help develop the commercial Energica bikes as new technology developed as a result of MotoGP trickles down. On their web site they claim the Ego is electronically limited to 150 MPH so you can't help but wonder how much more speed the drive train is capable of.
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    I hope in the future the competition will open to other manufacturers as well. Racing is not just about riders, but vehicle development too!
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    I would argue that in this stage of electric motorcycle development, it should be ALL about the vehicle development!

    It is so far unclear, but it seems like all the competitors will be running the same bike. What modifications are allowed? That's a pretty damn important question. Voltage limits? Current limits? Rider aids incorporated in the controller? Safety requirements? If you make it a spec bike series and don't give competitors a chance to experiment, technological advancement will not happen.

    From the OP: "FIM boss Vito Ippolito says the Moto-e World Cup championship supports the development of new technologies." That's just plain false. If everyone rides the same bike, differences between bikes will be incremental at best and development will be drastically limited. What they're really doing is timidly dipping a toe in the water of a different kind of racing to make sure it's not a business mistake. I get that, but call it what it is - don't try to say you're advancing the technology when you're not. If you eventually want a real class with multiple players, say this is an initial experiment to gauge interest.

    FIM and/or Dorna need to get down into the details of creating an entirely new class of racing. They need to learn what the technology is all about, and write a set of rules that will encourage experimentation that actually WILL result in technological advances. Hopefully they will see in this first season that this kind of racing is worth keeping - and then get down to business and do it right.

    The simple fact is this: At this stage of the game, the major interest is in the technological development, much more than the riders. The problem with the current approach to Moto-e is that they have their priorities reversed.
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    Agreed. As you say, open it up. The TT Zero races are open to all....
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    Neat bike but distance is a bit of a problem in its most sporty mode. Still, it’s pretty amazing bike.

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    Energica’s SS9 offers 120-170 miles of range, 0-60 in 3 seconds, and 125 ft/lb torque. Quicker than a $40,000 Ducati 1299 Panigale, this Italian beauty’s $23,000 price tag is not much more than a Zero SR.

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    Notable is it’s ability to recharge 0-85% in just 25 minutes with its on board L4 charging.

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    Also accepts L1 & L2 charging for universal top offs.

    Energica has other advantages over Zero’s similarly priced top street bike in chassis, adjustability, weight distribution, acceleration, and (to my subjectivity) style. Track worthy from the start, it’s easy to see why they were chosen as the official suppliers for E MotoGP.
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    MotoGP™ Grand Prix of Qatar will start on Sunday, March 18th, lights out at 17:00.

    MotoE™ first demo lap will take place on Sunday, March 18th, at 16:25 so tune on www.motogp.com to watch it live.

    http://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/03/...-world-cup-electric-motorcycle-world-premier/

    MotoGP™ Reporter and 500cc race winner, Simon Crafar, rides the brand new MotoE™ bike and talks about his experience on the machine >> http://www.motogp.com/en/videos/2018/03/16/how-fast-is-the-new-motoe-bike-at-losail/252298
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    No word yet on what rounds they will race?
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    Sounds like this year is the test year and racing will begin in 2019.
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    From Aprilia forum:

    AF1 Racing is now an official Energica dealer, only one in Texas
    Happy to report we are now the official Austin Energica dealer, the first in Texas. We currently have the EVA in stock to demo, and a EGO is on the way. There are some huge discounts on all remaining 2017s in the warehouse, and we are taking orders for all of the 2018s.

    Come ride it, they are extremely fast, Italian-built with top notch components like Brembo, optional Ohlins and OZ Racing forged wheels, and carbon fiber. On board standard Level 2 and DC-DC fast charging for VERY fast charging.


    http://www.energicamotor.com/

    They are supposed to bring the e-MotoGP racebike to our party next Friday night
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    I really like that EsseEsse9. I priced one with the tubeless spoke rims, mini windscreen, saddlebags and gold bolt fasteners. It was $24,599.00

    I like the parking mode the evo, ego, and ss9 offer. Forward and reverse assist parking speeds. I saw it first hand on a guys eva. Pretty niffty.
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    Already brought up in the general updates thread.

    To briefly recap my response there, this should not be a problem. The bikes were all the same, so just run stock Egos until the bikes can be upgraded with whatever mods were done for racing. It's even a benefit, because the public will see exactly the same bike that they can buy, racing on the track. This will only add interest, where interest is needed.

    It's a setback. And an opportunity. Not a catastrophe, unless it's allowed to be.
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    What caused the fire?
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