The Ducati MotoE bike made its debut at the Misano World Circuit recently. The prototype of the e-motorcycle (codename V21L) was tested by MotoGP rider Michele Pirro.

Ducati’s first electric motorcycle has been developed to be race-ready, and from 2023, the motorcycle manufacturer will be the exclusive supplier for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP World Championship.

DUCATI MOTO E PROTOTYPE

The bikemaker’s plan is to make high-performance electric motorcycles that are light and offer a good range. Ducati’s experience in the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup will be instrumental in this project. The team has mentioned that this is a first prototype that’s nowhere close to the finished race bike, let alone the road-going derivative that Ducati has confirmed will go into production at some point.

Pirro came away impressed with the prototype. He said, “Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history. The bike is light and already has a good balance. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that, in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70 percent of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my [MotoGP] bike.”

This first electric motorcycle is a project by the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers, led by Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director. About the bike breaking cover, Canè said, “We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is reality and still not a dream! We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick’.”

Going forward, Ducati’s goal is to create a road-focused Ducati EV that will be sporty, light, exciting and perfect for enthusiasts.