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Ducati takes to the track for the 2023 MotoE World Championship

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The MotoE 2023 World Championship is ready to start and Ducati takes to the track as sole supplier with the V21L prototype. The championship reserved for electric motorcycles was officially presented on the Vallelunga track where Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, together with Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports and the representatives of the main championship partners described the fifth edition of the zero-emission tournament which first time will have worldwide ownership.

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“The choice to participate in the MotoE World Championship as the sole supplier of the motorcycles – explained Claudio Domenicali – is a pillar of the Ducati strategy. In fact, electrification, together with the introduction of carbon neutral fuels for internal combustion engines (e-fuel), it will be necessary to reduce Ducati’s carbon footprint and allow us to achieve our long-term sustainability goals.However, every true Ducati is above all an emotion, so it is very important to manage this transition with great care, taking care to maintain the sporty character and riding fun characteristic of every Borgo Panigale bike”. “With the V21L we wanted to challenge the limits of the sector – said Domenicali – aiming for the most performing electric motorcycle ever made for the track.

Above all, we wanted to develop the company’s internal skills to be ready when battery technology, in particular the weight, will make it possible to create an electric road motorbike with all the characteristics that distinguish a Ducati”. After the first official tests in Jerez at the beginning March, the championship series will once again see all the riders of the World Championship on track in Barcelona on 3, 4 and 5 April to then officially get underway on 13 May with the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

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The calendar then includes Mugello (June 10), Sachsenring (June 17) and Assen (June 24). After the summer break, the Ducati MotoEs will be back on track at Silverstone on August 5, before facing the three final Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring (August 19), Catalunya (September 2) and Misano (September 9). The format will see two free practice sessions on Friday morning, followed by two qualifying sessions in the afternoon. The two races will take place on Saturday, the first at the end of MotoGP qualifying and the second after the Sprint Race, another novelty introduced in the 2023 season.

A new format is foreseen for qualifying while the teams will be able to count on a completely new structure for the paddock. The 18 riders, supported by 9 teams, will race astride the V21L prototype, designed and built by Ducati with a development process that lasted just over a year with the contribution of test riders Michele Pirro, Chaz Davies and Alex De Angelis, who at Vallelunga he did a few demonstration laps on the Ducati electric motorbike.

Source: Ansa

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