Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna's current attention might be focused on preparations for the 2022 MotoGP season, but the Italian also has one eye on 2023 and the factory's new role as supplier of the MotoE electric bike class.

Energica has supplied the MotoE machines since the inaugural 2019 MotoE season, but will end its involvement after next year's campaign.

Ducati will then take over, with company CEO Claudio Domenicali pledging: "We want our engineers to become as good as they are at developing internal combustion engines and I think everyone can say our engine in MotoGP is one of the fastest, if not the fastest.

"For motorcycles the main problem (with electric) is the weight, and so we have a program in order to make the motorcycle as light as possible. I think that was one of the winning [parts] of our bid for Dorna."

Speaking on the eve of this week's Jerez MotoGP test, Dall’Igna said he is intrigued by the project and can't wait to get started:

"This is something new for us and we will have to manage the bikes on the track because Ducati Corse will do this [also].

"I think the electric bike for an engineer is a nice choice, because you can develop a lot of different strategies, regarding for example how to extract power from the battery or how to put energy in the battery.

"So I think there are a lot of different things that a technician can enjoy. So I'm honesty really happy to work with a MotoE bike and I would like to start immediately."

While not involved in the Moto2 or Moto3 classes, Ducati - which won this year's MotoGP constructors' and teams' titles - will expand its premier-class program by supporting eight riders in the 2022 season.