Today, Dorna and Ducati announced that Ducati is to take over from Energica as the official manufacturer supplying bikes for the MotoE championship.
Energica is to withdraw as official manufacturer motorcycles for the MotoE class at the end of the 2022 season. After four years, MotoE will see something other than the Energica Ego Corsa machine being raced.
The MotoE class has been a qualified success since the class started back in 2019. It got off to a troubled start - a fire at the final test of 2019 at Jerez saw the entire fleet of Energica machines destroyed, causing the start of the inaugural season to be delayed until early July, to give Energica enough time to build replacement machines.
There were concerns about how the class would be received by fans, the motorcycle industry being notoriously conservative. But after some mild initial skepticism, the series has been embraced, the short (7-10 lap) races producing exciting and intense battles. The 2021 season finale at Misano 1 generated the controversy and excitement needed to raise the profile of the series, with Jordi Torres taking the title after a last-lap clash with Dominique Aegerter, the Swiss rider making a final desperate lunge into the hairpin at the end of the back straight and taking both riders down.
MotoE standings after Race 2 in Misano:
Results and summary of MotoE Race 2 at Misano:
MotoE standings after Misano 1:
Results and summary of Race 1 of the MotoE cup in Misano:
The red flags in Moto3 had a knock-on effect through the entire morning of practice, eventually conditioning the MotoE E-Pole session. With rescheduled timings due to time lost, E-Pole was reduced to a 15 minute session, with riders restricted to a maximum of 5 laps on track.
MotoE closed a rainy day 1 in Misano and Miquel Pons made the best of pretty poor conditions to lead the way in the second practice session. Jordi Torres was once again second best, almost four tenths of a second behind the leader, while teenage sensation Fermin Aldeguer joined his compatriots in the top 3.
The MotoE class made its return early morning in Misano and after a slow start and to track action, followed by the reigning cup champion leading the way, Eric Granado picked up the lead for the final couple of minutes by a tenth of a second. Jordi Torres dropped to second, with current cup leader Alessandro Zaccone in third, three tenths off the lead. Miquel Pons and Dominique Aegerter rounded out the top 5 positions as the last men within half a second of the leader.
MotoE standings after Austria: