It wasn’t long ago that Ducati surprised everyone by announcing that they would supply the unit bikes for MotoE, the electric class surrounding MotoGP. However, a motorcycle has not been presented so far. Now a first prototype has been tested on the race track.
The first pictures of the “V21L” from the Misano World Circuit show a silhouette reminiscent of the Panigale, which is not really surprising. In terms of components, you can see Öhlins and Brembo. Installed is a double-sided swingarm with an under-braced design and progressive shock linkage.
To keep the weight down, a lot of parts were made of carbon, including the self-supporting rear end. Behind the front wheel, you can spot an oil cooler in the lower area. There seems to be another radiator above it, but it is questionable whether the V21L needs so much cooling and whether it is not part of the battery housing.
Ducati’s first electric motorcycle is currently being tested by Michelle Pirro.
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.”
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