Leaders meet for MotoE summit in Barcelona

Dorna discusses electric-powered category with teams and sponsors.

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Promoter of the MotoGP World Championship and MotoE World Cup, Dorna, has hosted a summit amongst industry leaders to discuss the electric-powered category.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta was the first speaker and introduced the summit, detailing the role of Dorna in MotoGP, motorcycle racing and now the Enel MotoE World Cup. He emphasised the personality of each of the teams and the goals of the cup, which he laid out as being focused on high quality racing.

“The goal is to develop this cup, along with all the partners, and to develop it as much as we can,” Ezpeleta explained. “To have competitive races that we develop over the next three years. The main aim of the cup is to have a new competition in the world championship – that’s the idea and we hope you’re all happy to compete and be part of it.”

Dorna sports managing director Pau Serracanta recounted the birth of MotoE and the MotoGP partners who join the project as well as those who come on board for the new Cup. Fellow director Manel Arroyo talked about the incredible TV and broadcast presence that will be a key part of this new competition within the MotoGP™World Championship.

Social media, the communications plan for the new Cup and its presence in the MotoGP VIP Village were on the agenda, too – giving the room a detailed overview of each and their roles.

Executive director of the cup, Nicolas Goubert, took a key role in proceedings. Providing an overview of everything about the competition itself from the number of laps to the design and layout of the E-Paddock, the intricate workings of the cup were explained.

That included focus on the teams, riders and safety, as well as how long the races would be and one important fact – ensuring the power is constant from the start to the end of each 15-minute race.

Motorbike manufacturer Energica were represented on stage by CEO Livia Cevolini and CTO Giampiero Testoni, and they talked about the company’s interest in the world of electric motorcycles and how it grew to see them create the machinery chosen to compete in the Cup.

CEO Francesco Venturini represented Enel X, who are the title sponsor and set to power the Cup using renewable energy, to talk through the challenge of powering this newest class of competition.

MotoE will be out on track for the first time in 2019 at Jerez in Spain on 13-15 March for testing, with the opening round scheduled for 5 May at the Jerez venue.

Source: CycleOnline.com.au

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