Press Release: Ducati MotoE bike takes to the track for the first time on the Misano circuit

The Ducati MotoE bike made its debut on track at Misano, in the hands of Michele Pirro. Afterward, Ducati issued the following press release:

Ducati MotoE bike takes to the track for the first time on the Misano circuit

  • The Ducati prototype that will race in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup from 2023 has completed its first laps on the track at Misano
  • Michele Pirro, official Ducati rider and test rider, took part in the tests

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 20 December 2021 - The Ducati MotoE bike took to the track for the first time at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, right where the agreement with Dorna Sports was announced in October. In fact, starting from the 2023 season, the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer will be the sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The electric motorcycle prototype, 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, and was taken out on track by Michele Pirro, professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013, who evaluated the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle.

Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director: "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. 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'."

Michele Pirro, Ducati test rider: "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 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike."

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 characterized by their lightness available to all FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup participants. The focus of the project are, in addition to better performance, the containment of weight and the consistency of power delivery during the race, obtained thanks to the attention in the development of a cooling system suitable for the objective.

Ducati's experience in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup 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 that is sporty, light, exciting and able to satisfy all enthusiasts.

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Now all we need is some uber-secret footage to leak.

I bet they're saving some weight in that swing arm!


That's a big if! If it is lighter than a Zero. Faster than a Mugen around the mountain circuit.

Bi-Directional charging would be essential.

Red & carbon fibre optional. I don't want another black Duc in my flock.

Plenty of lean angle available. Tyres, Ohlins and Brembos are basically the same anyweigh.

Yes I would ride one. All they would hear is the rear tyre spinning!

Compared to many Ducatis the outlandish prices of EVs don't seem so silly.

Indeed it looks a lot better than the Desmosedici of the past couple of years! It even looks like an Aprilia to me. Maybe it's just the colours, but I think it's those sharp lines too. Actually it reminds me of the RS3 Cube, almost the same nose and edgy lines.

What's the weight of this "thing"?

What's the total emission of CO2 to displace 80 KG of driver for e.g. 50.000 KM? , from the mining to the disposal of the batteries and including the charging of the batteries compared with a proper petrol motorbike?

What's the cost (in terms of CO2) of the extra weight needed for heavier brakes, suspension, tyres due to extra weight of the batteries. What's the consequence on tyres duration?

Just saying.

No idea.

However, to be fair and reasonable the comparison should include the CO2 emissions of retrieval/refining of the oil used to make the petrol. I wonder how many battery charges could be performed with the electricity required to produce enough fuel for one race. Transport etc of said fuel versus the availability of electrickery. The costs of an M1 motor in comparison to an electric motor which i guess would last longer but i don't know that. I heard Lin Jarvis say that the most fuel efficient Yamaha is the M1. I have no idea if this is true or weighted by promotion but it wont be as energy efficient as an electric motor.

Times change. I still miss the two strokes.

You and me both, brother. I keep reading about the huge improvements in them (see KTM off-roaders, for example) but an still eagerly awaiting street bikes. If I could have two "vintage" bikes they'd be a Scott Flying Squirrel and an 80/81 RD350LC.

We'll have to wait on the weight, but it is damn easy to top the hefty Energica. All the electric stuff is advancing REALLY quickly, so expecting good things. Perhaps the generation that follows this first Duc will be getting into a good weight?

"Top 5 Saves of 2021" video. Check out #4 and #1! Wow. (And hello Neil, always proud you are in the box).

Even though Ducati has styled it better, I still have no interest in these things whatsoever. Should MotoGP ever be forced to go completey electric, that will end my interest in the sport, which, for me, involves both the riders and the hardware.  

I am fortunate enough to attend races in Europe every summer and MotoE does serve some purpose - all the teams use the MotoE race as the time to serve their guests lunch as nobody minds missing that part of the schedule.

Given the relative minescule impact of MotoGP bikes on global warming and the environmentally unfriendly means of producing toxic battieries, is this not an incredibly expensive and ineffective solution to a problem which exists only in theory? 

As Heraclitus is reputed to have said (some time ago), everything flows. It changes, whether you (or I) like it or not.

I think that's true, MotoGP bikes make an atom of water in an Ocean difference to global warming. I think if it happens it's a gesture. However, if that's what the sponsors money wants then that's the way it will go.

As it has been over the last seasons i think MotoE is great, the torque has been good, lots of sliding...but MotoGP it is not....currently. Time will tell. If it gets to a full race distance, fast exciting bikes and the best riders in the world fighting on them I could probably forgive the lack of noise in time. Don't want it to happen but that's just little old me.

A friend custom upgraded a spendy E mountain bike that is beefy enough to be several steps towards a motocross bike. Instant power, lightweight, good suspension. It bloody rips up to over 50mph, scares me. Getting close to something that interests me. 

A hefty cross country mountain bike, and a Yamaha WR250 but electric. Now make a baby right in the middle, and silently tear through single-track. 

Road going sport bikes? Not challenging petrol any time soon.

To save the environment we need bigger scale change. Like less driving period. I am 51 yrs old, and attached to gassers. But this World isn't mine, we are borrowing it from generations that follow, right? 

So let's make them some cool Ebikes. Make no mistake, the future is coming...quietly. But quickly enough for us to see it. 2042 will have electric GP's on spec with the best gassers. I will bet you the 2014 Triumph 675R I will still be riding. 

Battery tech is making HUGE strides, and accelerating. Lithium Ion is about to be obsolete. But am I watching the Goldwing weight and almost 250 single dirt bike tech pace current Eshite? Nope.


 Repsol Honda just said Marc's eye issue progress is going well, he is in full training mode prepping for next season, and they are planning for his return. This is good. 

"The Repsol Honda Team rider, who last October was diagnosed with an episode of diplopia after suffering a fall while training for the Portuguese GP, has continued periodic visits to his trusted ophthalmologist to assess the evolution of his vision over the past two months. During these reviews the progress made has been deemed favourable and as a result Marquez will continue with a conservative treatment plan for the next few weeks." (Conservative = no surgery)

"Marc Marquez will continue to undergo periodic reviews with Dr. Sánchez Dalmau during the coming weeks alongside the conservative treatment plan. The situation does not prevent the rider from Cervera from continuing his physical training plan to prepare himself physically for a new season."

Yes Tanker Man apparently it has a radiator.

Gigi gadget man says cooling the battery and motor is one of their technically improvements.

" and the consistency of power delivery during the race, obtained thanks to the attention in the development of a cooling system suitable for the objective."

It has all that battery weight and lack of power to keep the front wheel on the ground. You don't put wings on a GoldWing either.

The rules allow a custom engine ringtones....crazy frog or whatever the hell it was called. Flight of the Valkyries maybe ? Danger Zone by Mr Loggins ?