At the beginning of the year it was announced that the reigning MotoGP constructor Ducati will take over the sole supply of motorcycles for the MotoE World Cup from the 2023 season.
MotoE made its debut on MotoGP support in 2019 and was supplied by Italian company Energica, although next year will be the last.
The bike, code-named V21L, was put through its paces by Pirro in Misano this week with reduced performance.
The Ducati test rider says that the gas connection and the ergonomics of the V21L were “very similar” to those of the Desmosedici MotoGP bike.
“Testing the MotoE prototype on the track was a huge thrill because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history,” said Pirro.
“The bike is light and has a good balance.
“In addition, the gas connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP bike.
“Without the silence and the fact that we decided in this test to limit the power to only 70% of the power, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”
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Roberto Cane, Ducati eMobility Director, added: “We are living in a really extraordinary moment.
“I can hardly believe that it is reality and still not a dream!
“The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only because of its uniqueness, but also because of the nature of the endeavor: challenging both for its performance goals and for its extremely short time frames.
“It is precisely for this reason that the work of the entire project team is incredible and today’s result rewards us for the efforts of the last few months.
“We are certainly not finished yet; We know that the way is still very long, but in the meantime we have laid the first important “stone”. “
This year’s MotoE World Cup was won by former Moto2 and World Superbike racer Jordi Tores, who defeated Dominique Aegerter after he had received a penalty at the final in Misano for a controversial collision on the last lap.