MotoE: Fire destroys entire fleet of electric bikes ahead of championship

A major fire has destroyed the entire roster of electric bikes ahead of the MotoE World Cup — the electric spin off of MotoGP.

The blaze ripped through the newly-built paddock after the first day of preseason testing in Jerez, Spain, with all the 18 bikes caught up in the damage.

A statement from the organizers confirmed that the fire “destroyed the majority of material” and that an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the inferno.

“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,” the MotoGP statement read.

The fire is thought to have broken out at 12.15am local time at the Circuito de Jerez.

The all-electric series was planned to serve as a supplement to MotoGP and race on the same weekend, with 12 teams signing up for the MotoE World Cup last year.

The entire field had attended the test day ahead of the championship’s scheduled start at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 3 but it is yet unclear whether this will go ahead has planned.

The bikes used for MotoE are adapted from the standard MotoGP bike design, much like what Formula E has done with its race car.

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