Bolting onto the track with the Ducati MotoE

POSTED: 23/04/2022

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What's faster than lightning?

The Ducati MotoE bike took to the track for the first time ever at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, right where the agreement with Dorna Sports was first announced back in October. Starting from the 2023 season, the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer will become the only supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the entire electric class of the MotoGP World Championship competition.

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The Ducati MotoE V21L

How does it perform?

The electric motorcycle prototype was code-named 'V21L' and is the joint result of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè (Ducati eMobility Director) - and it was taken to the track with Michele Pirro (Professional Rider). Canè evaluated the technical performance and characteristics of the motorcycle and his thoughts are summarised below.

The Ducati MotoE V21L

*Photo source and credit to: News Daily India

Roberto Canè (Ducati eMobility Director)

"We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is reality and still not a dream! The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and for its extremely short timescales. Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible and today's result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid the first important 'brick'."

The Ducati MotoE V21L

*Photo source and credit to: Ride Apart

Meanwhile, Pirro, (Professional Rider), mentions that testing the MotoE was a great privilege as it now becomes the pinnacle of Ducati electronic performance, but a stepping stone for what's to come. Pirro states they were only using an output of "70% of performance", meaning the bike is yet to be reviewed at full effect.

What's next?

The underlining development challenges to overcome in the pipeline are related to the size, weight and range of the batteries. Ducati's goal is to produce a battery packed with maximum high-performance, but minimal in weight and shape. The only problem is, they're moving faster on development than technology advances can allow!

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