Press Release: MotoE World Cup: Ducati Tests Electric Prototype At Misano

From Ducati’s press release

So I just saw this pop up on Linkedin. Now remember the big claim for Ducati taking over bike building of the one make series was lighter race bikes in the name of safety. Ducati also feels their traction control system will be a big step forward in safety and familiarity with riders. I feel they can absolutely claim that while at the same time casting absolutely no dispursions at Energica’s effort. They simply have been able to put in that much more work for that many more years. Simple as that. The lightweight part I’m a bit suspect on. But they are claiming it is already lightweight. Just what they consider lightweight I would like to know, but for now I will give them the benifit of the doubt.

Michael Uhlarik had his unique designer take on what he saw, and posted it on Linkedin, “

Ducati Motor Holding released images of the prototype electric race bike they plan to supply the FIM for the all-electric MotoE series.

Notable is the wide, tall fairing devoid of the edges and winglets that normally adorn gas-powered street bikes. Like its MotoGP sibling, the fairing design is clean and focuses on hiding the rider as much as possible.

With electric motorcycles, drag reduction is paramount, and rational aerodynamic efficiency has to supersede styling trends. Aerodynamic devices that to add downforce, such as winglets, also add drag.

While this prototype is almost certainly wearing off-the-shelf Ducati MotoGP fairings for development purposes, it highlights physical reality. Motorcycles will have to evolve towards cleaner, less fussy designs as they transit to electric power trains.

We live in interesting times.”

Here’s the press release I found on Ducati’s website. Enjoy:

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

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.”

Weather keeps TT Zero bikes at bay, and Schedule update

So I only had 3 hits on this page today, and I suspect they were bots. I find it strangely relieving. Not to mention I have to be to work in a few hours and here I am typing away on possibly the best blogging laptop every with my wife a sleep next to me. She finds out I wrote this she’s going to kill me. We have a wedding ceremony in 2 . . . no, 1 day! Yes a bit backwards I know, but such is life. Anyway on to the real news that no one is reporting.

So according to this news bit on the TT’s website the gas bikes only got 1 lap, and weather got so bad they shut everything down 1.5 hours before the Elmotos were to take the track on for the first time. Which was Wednesday. Then they canceled Thursday all together because of weather. So no one got to play. Not that I really care about any bike besides the elmotos.

So there is a revised schedule now. But it is only for Saturday to Tuesday. Friday will be Thursday’s schedule which is exactly the same for the TT Zero crew. So this the new TT Zero practice/Qualifying start times:

Friday: 8:40pm (all Isle of Mann time)

Saturday: 5:00pm

Sunday: 4:40pm

Monday: 4:05pm

Tuesday: 3:55pm



A Quick Preview of 2015’s Racing: Updated.

Hello All, long time no writing.

This is just a Quick and Dirty  from here in the North Sea. As is typical I receive next to nothing from teams or series in my in box. The only way I get info from manufactures is because I sign up for their news letters. eMotoRacing is getting better and their Facebook page keeps you pretty up to date.

eMotoRacing (USA): Well these folks (OK the dude) put the racing schedule up months ago. The first round has already gone down and looks like another solid year of club racing for them with some former Superbike racers fielding bikes on the grid. The biggest news is Round 2 is this weekend, so stay tuned to their Facebook page and website for the details. And keep an eye out in April for a 100hp Empulse R hot rod, the work of Brian Wismann (Brammo’s Dir. of Prod. Dev.) and Ely Schless. Its a not for certain deal, and may be a private entry as for now it is a side project the two are doing on their own time.

Moto-E (Europe): The brainchild of a member of the now defunct TTXGP has yet to post a schedule. I know of at least one bike being built that series that is looking pretty badass. A few months back I was assured that there would be a series this year, but the website hasn’t been updated since September and I have seen no official word. Looks like more of the same from across the pond. Bad show ol’ boys.

eFX (Australia): Well, after the media guys who were trying to push the series hard gave up, its pretty much any other club series no one else pays attention too. [Update} Oh, I finally got the site to load and stumble my way through it. The first race is this weekend.

Pikes Peak: So far there are 4 production based Zeros signed up, and 3 prototypes. So that should be fun. No Brammo or Lightning.

Ilse of Mann: Mugen will be back with yet another new bike, and Sarolea (sp?) has a pretty active Facebook page, so I suspect they will be back too. I don’t know who eles might show. [Update] Sarolea got a hold of me minuets after I posted this. So first of, thank you guys for being one of the 6 people who still read my blog and being so proactive in keeping me up to date.. 😀 Second, and more importantly, they WILL be back for the 2015 TT Zero, AND with a new bike that is going to be unveiled April 5, 2015. Remember that date. I am excited to see what they bring to the table after a year under their belt!

Elmotos taking on the ICE Armada: Look out for Brammo to bring out and continue to use racing to develop their stuff in the AFM series. The Electric cowboys are taking on the same small displacement GP series they have for the past few years out west, and have been doing it on Zero SRs. Yeah, that seems fair . . . not. Also, there has already been one Empulse owner taking it to the Clubman class bikes in another local series.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll be home in two weeks, but then I am off to finish my music ed degree, so don’t expect to hear much from. Things are heating up though, so keep an eye out on the Facebook page where I try to share all the goings on. As far as the day of 160-200hp elmoto prototypes doing battle at Laguna Seca . . . those days are gone. At best we could hope to see a battle between Mugen, Lightning, and Brammo at the Ilse of Mann, but that is but a pipe dream. Maybe if I win the Lottery. Be sure to tell your grand kids about back in the day when electric two wheeled monsters roamed the earth and did battle like gladiators.


There is racing this weekend!

From Future Electric’s Facebook page

OK, so I have a smoking new computer that I am still getting set up (transferring files and such), more trail building going on, bike rides, and no I didn’t get an Empulse. What do financing people know anyway. But above an beyond all that there is racing this weekend! MotoE is at  Hockenheim this weekend and Future Electric, JJ, who knows, who else are already there (OK, Mike Edwards knows). I am off to the bike shop to work on kids bikes and change bicycle tubes for the day. Enjoy!

Heading back home soon, and news to look out for

So my 5 week “hitch” as they call it in the seismic community is coming to a close. That’s 5 weeks straight of 12 hour days, so as you can imagine I’m ready to be able to sleep in for a change. But there has been a bunch of stuff happening that I have not been able to blog about. But I have been doing my best to share what I find on my Facebook feed.

Mostly we have the first two rounds of the MotoE racing series in Europe with the next two coming at the end of this month and a Final scheduled at Donington Park in October, if memory serves. That means the last two rounds are in Great Britain (for however long that lasts) and at major tracks. That’s a nice score for MotoE.

eMotoRacing here in the US just ran last weekend with their round at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The kids from Calgary showed up with a very clean-looking bike. I am not sure any Zeros made it though. EBoz still has the the Empulse R (TTX?) railing, and Shane Turpin, who is for all intent and purposes THE Miller ringer, not only left all the eSuperStock bikes behind, but also crushed every last gas bike on the circuit. No seriously. He won by so much on Saturday they made him start from the back on Sunday, and even then it didn’t make much of a difference. Brammo clearly has been working on that bike.


Speaking of which, Brammo is having a ridiculous sale that lasts until the end of October. $7000 off of 2013 Empulses and $5000 off of 2014. Go get ’em if you can find them.

Since I have been busy with this new job I have not been in as good a contact with folks. A little bit here and there, so the hope is after I get settled in back at home I can get some detail to these stories. I might even have time to analyze lap times if I can get my hands on them. I really want to record some new interviews as it has been a while, but I really need to get all those old ones edited and up first. They are still relevant. I also have an appointment scheduled to talk to someone about professionally doing the website. We’ll see how that goes. And progress shall be made on the 500 Interceptor, come hell or high water. 😉



FB Blurb outs Brammo as bringing the RR to eMR Miller round

This is a quickie, but hopefully will wet your appetite for news coming out of this weekends Miller Motorsports Park’s round of the eMotoRacing series. Here’s the post from last week’s post on the Electric Racing group on facebook:

eMotoRacing coming to BonnevilleGP at Miller Motorsports Park Aug 30/31. The Brammo Racing Team including the fast RR, Zeus Racing Team from the Univ of Calgary, the debut of a full streamliner, plus privateers from all over…will you be there?
This is the last race out west of the 10 round series, and it will be a good one!

Follow eMotoracing and Brammo on Facebook. I will try to share on the Facebook page as best I can.

Press Release: University of Calgary to contest Miller round of eMR

Another university to rescue of electric motorcycle racing. Excellent.

TEAM ZEUS of the UNIVERSITY of CALGARY to contest eMotoRacing event at Miller Motorsports Park

Press Release: for immediate release


On August 29 – 31, eMotoRacing will hold it’s 8th race of the 2014 season at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah.  We have had a great stirring of rumors as to who will be in attendance.  One thing is certain — there will be a good mix of contestants, including the official Brammo racing team, and Team “ZEUS” of the University of Calgary. “ZEUS” stands for “Zero Emission Ucalgary Superbike”, and the team is comprised of engineers, business and physics majors. The team will be racing their Generation I bike, which uses an Agni 95-R motor mounted to the frame of a 2004 Suzuki GSX 600, which was straight from the factory, and then stripped of its gasoline engine components.  We are excited to see this eBike in action!  To check out more about Team ZEUS, hit their website or facebook page.