How has the MotoE series been received in the MotoGP paddock? And how is it viewed by outsiders? At Silverstone, the Cosmic Shambles network - a network of podcasts and events for the intellectually curious - paid a visit to the Silverstone MotoGP round, to talk to paddock insiders and the people behind the MotoE series.
Dr Helen Czerski, a scientist and, among many other things, presenter of the Fully Charged Show on Youtube, a channel about electric vehicles, talked to MotoE series Nicolas Goubert, Tech3 boss Hervé Poncharal, MotoGP presenter and pitlane reporter Amy Dargan, MotoGP pitlane reporter and former GP winner Simon Crafar, Grand Prix veteran journalist Mat Oxley, Two Wheels For Life's Andrea Coleman, and myself, David Emmett, about the purpose of the MotoE series, the future, and how MotoGP's electric motorcycle racing series fits in with the future of racing, and electric motorcycles in general.
The result is a fascinating view of MotoE, seen from an outsider's perspective. Dr Czerski asks the kind of questions we as paddock insiders forget to ask, about the essence of motorcycling, and why MotoE is a spec series, unlike Formula E. Unfortunately, in my interview, I understated the number of motorcycles Honda produce - it's 19.5 million, rather than 4 million (they sell 4 million PTWs in Indonesia alone). Well worth 30 minutes of your time.
If you enjoyed this show, I can highly recommend the other productions of the Cosmic Shambles network. The live shows with Robin Ince and Professor Brian Cox, the Book Shambles podcast (which also featured Mat Oxley, after the publication of his book Speed), and the Science Shambles podcast are all fascinating, entertaining, and informative in equal measure.