Dorna Sports, the commercial rights-holder of the MotoGP motorcycle-racing series, has named Energica as the supplier of the new Moto-e World Cup, which is due to launch in 2019.
Energica, an Italian manufacturer of electric motorcycles, will provide its Ego street bike to teams as part of the agreement.
The Moto-e World Cup will serve as a support series for MotoGP, with races to be held at select grands prix.
According to the Autosport website, Energica saw off competition from Belgian constructor Sarolea to land the supplier contract for the Moto-e World Cup. The report also said that Michelin MotoGP technical director Nicolas Goubert would serve as the executive director of the new series.
International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) president Vito Ippolito said: “The FIM is very happy to support the development of new technologies, of which the new FIM Moto-e World Cup is an example. Energica is proving itself to be a reliable and expert leader in this sector and with the highly qualified support of Dorna we are sure that we are taking the road to success.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta (pictured), chief executive of Dorna Sports, added: “The FIM Moto-e World Cup is a new and exciting project for Dorna, and it makes us very proud to announce Energica will be the supplier in this new venture. We believe in excellence, quality and performance and we cannot think of a better collaborator with whom to launch the FIM Moto-e World Cup. Energica are an industry-leading and innovative company and we look forward to the incredible spectacle of electric-powered racing together.”