Saturday, Mar 16 10:30am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Cause of catastrophic MotoE fire revealed

Organisers of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup have detailed the cause of the fire that destroyed 18 bikes and equipment.


A temporary pit structure went up in flames on the eve of the final day of pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain. It has been revealed that a short circuit, a loop of electrical components which leads to extreme amount of current and consequently heat, was the cause of the fire.



“Initial evidence regarding the cause of the fire at the E-paddock of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto on March 14 seems to point to a short circuit as the main cause of the incident,” a statement read.


“The source of the short circuit has yet to be identified but, once the fire broke out, it ignited the high-density battery which is part of the high-performance charger used at MotoE events.


“The motorbikes were not connected to the charging infrastructure at the time the fire began.”



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


The opening round of the season, which was meant to begin at the Spanish Grand Prix in support of MotoGP, has been cancelled. 


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