Ducati will be the exclusive official motorbike supplier for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship from the 2023 season.
Ducati will be the exclusive official motorbike supplier for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship, from the 2023 season. The deal has been made with Dorna Sports who is the organizer and promoter of the world’s most prestigious two-wheel racing championships. The deal will run until 2026 and will cover four seasons of the MotoE World Cup.
Ducati’s Racing Pedigree
Following its tradition of using racing competition as a testbed for ideas and solutions that eventually become reality for all motorcyclists, Ducati enters the world of electric bikes from the most competitive area, the MotoGP World Championship’s electric class.
“We test our innovations and our futuristic technological solutions on circuits all over the world and then make exciting and desirable products available”DucatistiClaudio Domenicali, CEO, Ducati Motor Holding
The objective is to create expertise and technology in a rapidly changing world, such as EV technology, by utilizing a company-wide experience such as racing competition. This has been a long-standing tradition for the Borgo Panigale company, dating back to the Ducati 851, which launched the Ducati road sports bike trend by revolutionizing the concept with its innovative two-cylinder water-cooled engine, electronic fuel injection, and new twin-shaft, four-valve heads, deriving from the Ducati 748 IE bike, which made its endurance racing debut at Le Castellet in 1986.
From then, this never-ending transfer of knowledge has always come from the Superbike World Championships, which Ducati has competed in since the first edition in 1988, and MotoGP, where Ducati is the only non-Japanese motorcycle company to have won a World Championship.
The crossover is also evident in Borgo Panigale’s most recent and prestigious products: Panigale’s V4 engine is strictly derived from the engine that debuted on the Desmosedici GP in 2015 in its entire construction philosophy – from the bore and stroke measurements to the counter-rotating crankshaft.
The V4 Granturismo that equips the new Multistrada V4 was then derived from the Panigale engine. All the vehicle control software is also directly derived from those developed in the racing world as well as the field of aerodynamics.
Harmonious With the Vision
Ducati can give its fans incredibly high-performance and fun-to-ride motorcycles thanks to technological solutions created in the world of racing and applied to the items that make up the range. The FIM Enel MotoE Championship will be no exception, allowing the company to develop the most advanced technologies and testing procedures for sporty, light, and powerful electric motorcycles.
At the same time, the fact that Ducati is a part of the Volkswagen Group, which has made electric mobility a key component of its “New Auto” plan for 2030, is the best precondition for a remarkable exchange of expertise in the field of electric powertrains.
On the day of the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, the third to last round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship, the deal was announced during a joint press conference in the press room of the Misano World Circuit ‘Marco Simoncelli.’ Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, were both presents.