Ducati officially showcased the first prototype of their electric motorcycle that will be revealed in the MotoE championship from 2023. The photos of the motorbike were released to the public on Monday (12/20/2021), after being tested by the test rider, Michele Pirro, at the Misano Circuit, Italy, on December 16 last.
MotoE was first launched in 2019 and Energica became the sole supplier of the bike. This event was also held by Dorna Sports with the aim of socializing alternative fuels for motorcycles. The 2019 season was won by Matteo Ferrari from Gresini Racing, while Jordi Torres from Pons Racing won in 2020 and 2021.
However, in October, Energica announced that 2022 would be their last season in MotoE. Not long ago, precisely on the sidelines of the Emilia Romagna MotoGP, Ducati was announced by Dorna Sports as a supplier of new MotoE motorcycles starting in 2023. Ducati has long been interested in developing electric motorcycles, and calls MotoE the best ‘laboratory’.
Not yet a final product, coded ‘V21L’
The motorbike that Pirro tested at Misano was still in the ‘prototype’ status, aka not the final product. Not yet have an official name, the motor is still codenamed ‘V21L’. Moreover, in this trial, Ducati decided to limit its performance to just 70%, which means there is still room for the bike to be developed.
The department that developed this bike is certainly different from the MotoGP racing department. The assembly and development of the V21L was the result of the collaboration of the Ducati Corse team and engineers from the Ducati R&D department, led by the Director of Ducati eMobility, Roberto Cane.