Jordi Torres will replace Sete Giberau in the Join Contract Pons 40 line-up for the second season of the MotoE series.

The Spaniard will dovetail his MotoE debut with another year in the World Superbike championship after re-signing for Pedercini Kawasaki for 2020 having been joined at the team by another all-electric series rider in Lorenzo Savadori.

Given none of the 2020 World Superbike and MotoE race weekends clash it provides a logical two-pronged campaign for the Spaniard who previously competed in the Grand Prix paddock in 2018 for Avintia Ducati in MotoGP standing in for the injured Tito Rabat. Torres also competed in Moto2 between 2010 and 2014 with the highlight of winning the 2013 German Moto2 race.

“Being part of this great project and in this category where what is expected as the technology of the future is used as a propulsion is a pride and a satisfaction,” Torres said. “I think it comes at a point in my career where I feel quite mature and more prepared than ever, I really want to and I feel thrilled to start this new adventure.

“To do it with a team like Sito Pons, which is one of the most leading in the world championship, both for its past and present achievements, is almost a dream come true.

“I want to thank Sito for this opportunity and for my part I will give everything I have to offer a great show. I know that I will have all the tools to fight for the maximum and I hope to live up to this challenge. Everything will be new and I'm sure that it will be very electrifying. I will have to adapt as quickly as possible and be able to do my best. I want to do it well and surely it will bring me a lot in my sports career.

“Being able to be part of the evolution of these motorcycles is an honour and I already want to meet the team, get on the bike and start working to give 100%.”

In the maiden MotoE campaign Gibernau came out of retirement to compete for Pons and ended the year 11th in the riders’ standings after scoring points in five out of six races including the highlight of sixth place in Austria. Gibernau confirmed at the Valencia finale he would step away having fulfilled his dream of returning to competitive racing aged 46.