The success of the Isle of Man TT Zero and FIA Formula E has paved way for the development of electric motorcycle racing class that Moto GP is about to introduce. The new supporting discipline that shall commence with 5 races in the 2019 championship already has 4 manufacturers willing to power it.
The electric motorcycle racing is relatively a new concept within the world of motorcycle racing. The Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) first expressed its interest in this field with the TTXGP that made its debut in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) in 2009.
Having gained some momentum, the TTXGP faced its ill fate with the e-Power championship resulting in a bad streak with competing events. This bad run was short lived and it was in 2013 that TTXGP joined forces with FIM which sanctioned the eRoad Racing World Cup. This served as a second blow to the face for the TTXGP and resulted in an incomplete season.
Having severed its ties with TTXGP, the Isle of Man authorities managed to successfully bring to life, its very own electric class of 2010. The cream of the crop for riders such as John McGuinness and Guy Martin along with some manufacturers helped the TT Zero secure its place in the TT proceedings with generating significant publicity.
This reassurance along with FIA’s proven viability with the Formula E championship has given impetus to fresh ideas, leading to the comeback of FIM. It has finally been revealed that an electric class is set to join the Moto GP machine in 2019.
More than 4 manufacturers are expected to make offers for this one-make series. To field around 18 prototypes with top speeds of 200 km/h (124mph) is the plan for this series. With most seats to be offered to existing privateer teams from MotoGP and Moto2, the electric class shall participate in 5 MotoGP events in Europe.
With the second attempt from FIM, conditions seem to be a little more favorable this time around with the support of a single-make class. Even though fewer anticipation circles around the coming events, this silent electric class racing is bound to gain momentum in 2019 with the immense growth that has been seen in the last decade. Even with a pace similar to 250 cc Moto 3 class bikes, the prototypes might just surprise you!