Ducati unveiled their MotoE prototype, V21L, seen on its first Misano circuit test.
It was at the Misano Circuit that the Ducati MotoE bike made its debut, where Dorna Sports announced the agreement in October. The V21L prototype showed off in a test drive on the tarmac.
As announced two months ago, starting from the 2023 season, Ducati will be the sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, taking the place of the Energica Ego Corsa.
The Ducati V21L.
Michele Pirro, a professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013, evaluated the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle, code-named V21L. The electric motorcycle prototype was developed by the Ducati Corse team in collaboration with the Ducati R&D engineers, under the leadership of Ducati eMobility Director Roberto Canè.
Ducati’s goal is to make electric motorcycles that are high-performance and still characterized by their lightness, containing weight and keeping consistent power delivery, through the development of a cooling system created for this purpose.
The V21L went out on track with a testing on 70% of performance, as Ducati completed their first testing and will likely provide some more details about the bike’s performance in the near future.
“…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…”Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director
“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.”Michele Pirro, Ducati test rider
Ducati has set their goal to create and develop, as they progress their technology, a Ducati electric for road use with a sporty and light characteristics.
It may take time until we actually see Ducati’s on the streets, but until that comes, we will definitely track as MotoE will start it’s next season.