Electric powered bikes have been a little something of a sensitive subject for Ducati around the final few of yrs. Again in early 2019 the company’s CEO Claudio Domenicali said that Ducati would “quickly start production” of an electric motorcycle. As the months wore on into many years, it grew to become apparent that this plan had been scrapped with out so considerably as a prototype getting revealed. For at minimum the final 12 months Ducati’s tune has been that of a Debbie Downer, boasting that battery complexity and electric power density problems manufactured electric powered motorcycles an impossibility.
Which is why the news on Thursday morning that Ducati would develop into the sole provider to electrical motorcycle racing sequence FIM MotoE from the 2023 season, getting about from Energica, was so stunning. What altered? What took place? Why did the Italian manufacturer modify its tune so speedily? Ducati states it is hoping to transfer encounter from the race observe to the road, as it has for a long time absent by.
The purpose is to produce expertise and systems in a continually evolving world this sort of as the electric one particular, by way of an practical experience familiar to the enterprise like that of racing opposition. This has been a consolidated tradition for the Borgo Panigale organization starting up from the Ducati 851, which inaugurated the pattern of Ducati street sports activities bikes by revolutionizing the thought with its progressive two-cylinder water-cooled engine, digital gas injection and the new twin-shaft, four-valve heads, deriving from the Ducati 748 IE bicycle that designed its debut in endurance races at Le Castellet in 1986.
Since then, this countless transfer of know-how has often taken put from the Superbike Earth Championships, in which Ducati has participated because the initial edition in 1988, and from MotoGP, in which Ducati is the only non-Japanese bike manufacturer to have won a Earth Championship.
The deal with Dorna Sports activities, which is the organizer and promotor of MotoE, extends from 2023 by way of the finish of the 2026 year. It is possible the contract will be expanded beyond that, but if the collection carries on escalating at its existing level, it could grow to be a multi-manufacturer championship. I totally hope at the very least a handful of dozen makers to have made electric powered activity bikes by the time 2027 rolls all around, so that appears to be possible.
Claudio Domenicala, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding: “We are proud of this agreement since, like all the to start with times, it represents a historic second for our corporation. Ducati is always projected in direction of the upcoming and every single time it enters a new world it does so to create the best carrying out solution attainable. This arrangement comes at the appropriate time for Ducati, which has been learning the scenario of electrical powertrains for decades, mainly because it will allow us to experiment in a properly-identified and controlled field like that of racing competition. We will do the job to make out there to all individuals of the FIM Enel MotoE Environment Cup electric powered bikes that are significant-performance and characterized by lightness. It is specifically on pounds, a essential aspect of sporting activities bikes, that the best obstacle will be played out. Lightness has usually been in Ducati’s DNA and thanks to the technological know-how and chemistry of the batteries that are evolving speedily we are convinced that we can obtain an excellent consequence. We exam our improvements and our futuristic technological remedies on circuits all in excess of the environment and then make enjoyable and appealing products offered to Ducatisti. I am convinced that as soon as all over again we will create on the encounters we have experienced in the globe of racing competitors to transfer them and use them also on manufacturing bikes.”
The FIM Enel MotoE Planet Cup at present runs on a spec Energica Moi Corsa bicycle with 160 horsepower. It started in 2019 with a 6-race season received by Matteo Ferrari, and expanded to a 7-round championship in 2020 with Jordi Torres successful twin titles on the trot. The races are held on the same weekend as Moto GP events — along with Moto2 and Moto3 — generating sanctioning, track rental, and party planning substantially much easier for the all-electrical sequence. It also gives teams and riders an possibility to ride in entrance of significant lover-filled grandstands and the MotoGP heads of state, which always carries its very own pros.
I, for just one, commend Ducati for leaping into the deep conclude of the pool and making this series a priority. Ideally the racing will get even much better with the assistance of a important bicycle manufacturer like Duc. I’d enjoy to see more, for a longer time, and significantly competitive rounds from the sequence.