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Ducati's MotoE electric motorcycle prototype has been code-named ‘V21L’

Ducati's MotoE electric motorcycle prototype has been code-named ‘V21L’

Ducati’s goal is to make high-performance, light electric motorcycles

Ducati’s goal is to make high-performance, light electric motorcycles

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put the MotoE through its paces at Misano in Italy

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put the MotoE through its paces at Misano in Italy

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Ducati's MotoE electric motorcycle prototype has been code-named ‘V21L’

The Italians have much better weather than us so they managed to get the new Ducati MotoE bike onto the track for the first time at the rather wonderful Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli as the rest of us were surrendering to Christmas.

This is the same circuit where the agreement with Dorna Sports to run the series was announced back in October. Since then it’s been confirmed that, starting from the 2023 season, the world’s favourite manufacturer of red motorcycles will be the sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel sponsored MotoE World Cup. This will be the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship.

The electric motorcycle prototype, which has been code-named ‘V21L’, is the result of the joint work of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director.

The new beast was taken out on track by none other than Mr Michele Pirro, a professional rider and Ducati test rider for almost a decade at this point. He got to spend his Christma evaluating the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle.

Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director, was incredibly excited.

“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," Canè said.

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Ducati’s goal is to make high-performance, light electric motorcycles

Ducati’s goal is to make high-performance, light electric motorcycles

Ducati’s goal is to make high-performance, light electric motorcycles

"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 a first important ‘brick’,” he said.

Pirro, meanwhile said: “Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill, because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history. The bike is light and already has a good balance.

“Furthermore, the throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70pc of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my own bike.”

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Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put the MotoE through its paces at Misano in Italy

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put the MotoE through its paces at Misano in Italy

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro put the MotoE through its paces at Misano in Italy

The most important challenges in the development of an electric racing motorcycle remain related to the size, weight and range of the batteries. Ducati’s goal is to make electric motorcycles that are high-performance and characterised by their lightness available to all FIM MotoE World Cup participants.

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The focus of the project are, in addition to better performance, the containment of weight and the consistency of power delivery during the race. The plan is to achieve this thanks to the development of a clever cooling system that.

Of course, Ducati’s experience in MotoE will be a fundamental support for product R&D. The goal is to create, as soon as the technology allows it, a Ducati electric vehicle for road use.

This will be, according to Ducati, “sporty, light, exciting and able to satisfy everything any Ducati rider’s heart could desire”.

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