Thursday, Mar 14 09:21pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

MotoE series in doubt after fire reportedly destroys bikes

Whether the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will get underway as planned this season remains unclear after a major fire in Spain.


Reports out of Jerez indicate all 18 of the Energica Ego Corsa race bikes were inside a temporary pit facility that was engulfed in flames overnight on Wednesday.



The six-round series was set to begin at the Spanish Grand Prix in support of MotoGP. However, doubts the series will start are mounting.


Tools, laptops, riders gear and additional equipment has reportedly been lost in the fire. Fortunately no one was killed or injured in the blaze.


“A fire in the newly-built E-paddock has destroyed the majority of material for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup,” a statement from the organisers read.


“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fortunately there have been no injuries. An update will follow in the coming hours regarding the exact causes of the fire and any subsequent changes to the calendar.”



There are only six weeks until the season is scheduled to start, but to build 18 new bikes may be a stretch for manufacturer Energica.


Eric Granado set a 1:48.984 for BRA Avintia Esponsorama Racing during day one of pre-season testing. By comparison to current MotoGP standards that puts the bikes roughly 10 seconds off the pace of the fastest Grand Prix bikes.


Testing was scheduled to continue today. 


2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup 


Round Date Grand Prix
1 5 May Spain Spanish Grand Prix
2 19 May France French Grand Prix
3 7 July Germany German Grand Prix
4 11 August Austria Austrian Grand Prix
5 14 September San Marino San Marino Grand Prix
7 15 September