Ducati Cooperates with Alex de Angelis to Test Motorcycle Prototypes at the Vallelunga Circuit

 Ducati released a video showing their MotoE bike in action for the first time. This time the manufacturer Borgo Panigale took a new test racer, Alex de Angelis. The test is known to be at the Vallelunga circuit, Italy. This is quite a surprising phase regarding the development of electric motorcycles from Ducati. The V21L prototype development project continues to show continuous progress.

Ducati Cooperates with Alex de Angelis to Test Motorcycle Prototypes at the Vallelunga Circuit

As we know, this year is the last season in which Energica Ego Corsa becomes the exclusive supplier of the MotoE World Cup. From next season Ducati takes the place of his compatriot since the beginning of 2019. It has signed a contract with Dorna to supply the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup from 2023 to 2026.

In fact, the steps taken by Ducati at that time were a little unreasonable, because they had not yet built an electric motorcycle. But the project continues and develops. In this sense, the Borgo Panigale brand has been working on a prototype 'V21L', which aims in the long term to increase the competitiveness of the category, as well as the autonomy of racing motorcycles. Still, Ducati wants to point out that this is only the beginning of the electric era for the brand, and it will be interesting to see which direction they take electrification in the future.

And now Ducati has released a video showing the motorcycle being ridden on the track in Vallelunga, Italy. The bike, called the V21L, is known to have been tested by former MotoE racer and former MotoGP star Alex de Angelis. He is one of the test drivers for the project, having previously been Michele Pirro who was the first to debut at the Misano test last December.

De Angelis is certainly no stranger to the tools or components owned by the Ducati V21L. He has also participated in electric motorcycle racing in 2019. His input and data will also be important in technical development efforts. Unfortunately, there is no information about the lap times, or what improvements Ducati has made to prepare for MotoE 2023.

to be sure, the test in Vallelunga continued the inaugural test which was held at Misano late last year. Ducati continues to collect as much data as possible, so that the V21L can perform optimally when used starting next season.

The V21L prototype emerged from the close collaboration and constant knowledge exchange between Ducati Corse and Research and Development (R&D). High performance, and built with a light weight for electric motor power. There is no doubt that the MotoE project is an important step in the history of the Italian manufacturer, because it is also the beginning of the electric era that Ducati has entered.

Over the next few months, Ducati will also share more information about the technical evolution of its projected bike. Then the manufacturer, which is commanded by Claudio Domenicali, will describe the next steps regarding the MotoE project, and the latest developments in the V21L.

Director of eMobility Ducati, Roberto Canè, said, "Since bringing the MotoE Ducati prototype to the track for the first time, the development of the project has never stopped, not even for a moment. “The hard work of the whole team pays off for the efforts made through continuous progress, which gives us great satisfaction. In just four months, our prototype has overcome corners at several of Italy's main circuits, giving a positive response. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the direction is definitely in the right direction.”

Following involvement in the MotoGP and World Superbike projects, a new adventure in MotoE will prove the perfect laboratory for Ducati to bring technology and innovation from the track to the showroom.

The V21L electric motor for MotoE will be built specifically from Ducati's racing DNA. Focused on creating lightweight motorcycles that unite tradition, passion and innovation in the electric world championship.


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