It seems that the future is indeed electric for Ducati. Just recently, the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer announced that the development of their V21L electric bike prototype is proceeding at a rapid pace with continuous progress shown during the tests which in this first phase are taking place at the main Italian racing circuits.
Since the first track test, carried out at the Misano World Circuit in December 2021, the development of Ducati’s first-ever electric bike has proceeded relentlessly through analysis of the collected data, technical developments, and numerous tests carried out internally and at major motorcycle circuits.
In the video, shot on the Vallelunga track, the Ducati MotoE bike is in the hands of former world championship rider Alex De Angelis, who took part in the 2019 edition of the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup and who is very familiar with the MotoE competition. De Angelis has officially joined the development team, which among its test riders can also count on the experienced Michele Pirro, the first man to ride the prototype.
The path that will take Ducati to the role of sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup (the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship) starting from the 2023 season, is proceeding with great enthusiasm both on the track and in Borgo Panigale, thanks to the teamwork that is involving numerous company areas.
The "V21L" prototype comes about from the close collaboration and constant exchange of know-how between Ducati Corse and product R&D to create a motorcycle that is both high performing and with a lightweight benchmark target for an electric motorcycle. The MotoE project is undoubtedly an important step in the history of the company as it represents the start of the Ducati electric era.
Over the next few months, the Borgo Panigale manufacturer will share further information on the technical evolution of the bike and on the subsequent steps concerning this fascinating and ambitious project, and the technology that is developed might also see the light of day outside of the racing world.