Devastating fire threatens electric motorbike World CupMarch 14, 2019
A major fire on the race track of Jerez (Spain) destroyed the electric motors for the very first MotoE World Championship.
The drivers participating in the new electric racing class went to Spain for testing. However, a fire broke out in the paddock during the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The garage on the Circuit de Jerez-Angel Nieto, in which all the engines, equipment and electronics of the teams were, burned out completely.
"The fire caused great damage and losses," said Dorna, the organization of the MotoE and MotoGP, among others. "Fortunately, there were no injuries." The fire brigade had 25 burned-out e-engines.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Not only all engines went up in flames, but also laptops and suits of the drivers. They would take the track on Thursday and Friday, but the three-day test has now been canceled.
It is unclear what the consequences are for the start of the new racing class. The intention is that at the beginning of May, on the same circuit in Jerez, the first grand prize will be held. The first edition of the MotoE World Championship consists of five competitions, all in Europe.
The races on the circuits of Jerez, Le Mans, the Sachsenring, the Red Bull Ring and Misano all consist of ten laps.
18 drivers are taking part in the World Cup, all of which have the same engine. The electrically driven machines can reach a top speed of 270 kilometers per hour. The intention is that the MotoE World Championship will travel around the world in the long term.
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