The first season of MotoE will flag off in 2019. After a lot of brainstorming, the list of teams which has been given a green flag to be a part of the first season has been revealed.
There will be a total of 18 bikes on the grid, distributed among 11 teams. Out of these 11 teams, 7 of them are privateer teams currently racing in MotoGP. These include Tech 3, LCR, Marc VDS, Pramac, Angel Nieto, Avintia and Gresini. All of these teams will be provided with two Energica race bikes each.
The remaining 4 teams belong to the Moto2 and Moto3 categories. These include VR46, Pons Racing, Intact GP and SIC58 Squadra Corse. Unlike the privateer teams, these will get only a single Energica race bike each.
Speaking about the list of teams, Nicolas Goubert, Series Director, said, “We had the first meeting with all the teams who will be competing next year in MotoE. There will be 11 teams, running 18 bikes. All the bikes will be Energica bikes, the same, so it will be a cup [rather than a world championship].”
He further added, “We will have five rounds next year in Europe. We haven’t yet decided on the tracks we’ll be going to, but as I said it was a kick off meeting so all things have to be put in place. Basically, it starts now. It was important to see all the teams because now they have enough information to get organised; to start looking at the riders they’ll have and look at the crew they’ll have.”
We’ve got mixed emotions for MotoE. It is exciting because the Energica electric race bikes are very fast, and it will be interesting to watch a bunch of riders racing electric bikes, especially when it comes to the noise. And the noise is also one of the reasons to kill the excitement a bit. Anyway, we’d have to wait until next year to get our emotions in line, till then we’re going to enjoy the ongoing MotoGP.