Ducati, the reigning MotoGP champions, are taking over as exclusive MotoE supplier following four seasons on Energica machines, as the series also switches from an FIM ‘World Cup’ to full ‘World Championship’ in 2023.

At 225kg, Ducati’s first electric bike is approximately 35kg lighter than the Energica.

The weight-saving crusade means Ducati chose not to raise maximum horsepower beyond the 150 hp (110kW) of the Energica model – slightly more than a Triumph-powered Moto2 bike - while torque has been sliced from 220Nm (Energica) to 140Nm (Ducati).

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Nevertheless, batteries still make up 110kg of the Ducati’s weight and the V21L - which uses a ‘stressed’ carbon fibre battery case joined to an aluminium front frame - remains substantially heavier than a conventional grand prix or superbike:

Bike weight/power:

  • Energica MotoE: 260kg/150hp
  • Ducati MotoE: 225kg/150hp
  • MotoGP Bike: 157kg/300hp
  • Moto2 Rider+Bike: 217kg (if average rider weight of 65kg, bike = 152kg/140hp)
  • Moto3 Rider+Bike: 152kg (if average rider weight of 65kg, bike = 87kg/60hp)

The clear weight savings made by Ducati plus other technological advances mean MotoE lap times are sure to be faster in 2023. Exactly how much quicker will become clearer at this week’s Jerez test, which runs from Monday to Wednesday.

The V21L retains Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Michelin tyres but among the technical changes made by Ducati is a liquid cooling system, which means the bike can be recharged as soon as it enters the garage.

It is said to take approximately 45 minutes to reach 80% charge. However, each day at Jerez is divided into four Free Practice sessions of just 15-minutes in length, with a two-hour gap in-between, highlighting the range limitations of current battery technology:

Jerez MotoE Test schedule:

  • FP1: 10:00 - 10:15
  • FP2: 12:15 - 12:30
  • FP3: 14:30 - 14:45
  • FP4: 16:45 - 17:00

Each MotoE race is between 6 and 8 laps in length, with the same points scoring system as the GP classes. The 2023 season consists of 16 races, at eight European Grands Prix, from May to September.

The MotoE World Cup was won by Matteo Ferrari in 2019, then twice by Jordi Torres (2020 and 2021), with Dominique Aegerter lifting last year’s title.

Monday's opening day at Jerez was wet throughout, with Pramac's Luca Salvadori and Gresini's Matteo Ferrari finishing first and second on the timesheets courtesy of their laps set in FP2.

The combined day one times, after FP4, are as follows:

2023 Jerez MotoE Test - Day 1 (Monday: FINAL, COMBINED)
1Lorenzo SavadoriITAPramac(Ducati)1m 55.522s
2Matteo FerrariITAGresini(Ducati)+0.188s
3Kevin ManfrediITASIC58(Ducati)+0.612s
4Jordi TorresSPAAspar(Ducati)+0.735s
5Randy KrummenacherSWIIntact(Ducati)+1.117s
6Hector GarzoSPAIntact(Ducati)+1.189s
7Tito RabatSPAPramac(Ducati)+1.471s
8Mattia CasadeiITAPons(Ducati)+1.576s
9Mika PerezSPARNF(Ducati)+1.797s
10Alessandro ZacconeITATech3(Ducati)+2.225s
11Miquel PonsSPALCR(Ducati)+2.801s
12Alessio FinelloITAGresini(Ducati)+2.886s
13Hikari OkuboJPNTech3(Ducati)+2.893s
14Kevin ZannoniITASIC58(Ducati)+3.116s
15Maria HerreraSPAAspar(Ducati)+6.302s

SIC58 rider Kevin Manfredi was fastest in FP3, as the wet conditions continued but Luca Savadori's FP2 lap remains the best of the day so far:

2023 Jerez MotoE Test - Day 1 (Monday, FP3)
1Kevin ManfrediITASIC58(Ducati)1m 56.134s
2Jordi TorresSPAAspar(Ducati)+0.123s
3Matteo FerrariITAGresini(Ducati)+0.472s
4Randy KrummenacherSWIIntact(Ducati)+0.505s
5Hector GarzoSPAIntact(Ducati)+0.577s
6Lorenzo SavadoriITAPramac(Ducati)+0.727s
7Tito RabatSPAPramac(Ducati)+0.859s
8Mattia CasadeiITAPons(Ducati)+0.964s
9Mika PerezSPARNF(Ducati)+1.185s
10Alessandro ZacconeITATech3(Ducati)+61.613s
11Miquel PonsSPALCR(Ducati)+62.242s
12Hikari OkuboJPNTech3(Ducati)+62.281s
13Kevin ZannoniITASIC58(Ducati)+4.597s
14Maria HerreraSPAAspar(Ducati)+5.690s

More rain in FP2, when Luca Salvadori took over at the top with a 1m 55.522s, followed by Matteo Ferrari, Jordi Torres and 'rookie' Tito Rabat:

2023 Jerez MotoE Test - Day 1 (Monday, FP2)
1Lorenzo SavadoriITAPramac(Ducati)1m 55.522s
2Matteo FerrariITAGresini(Ducati)+0.188s
3Jordi TorresSPAAspar(Ducati)+1.228s
4Tito RabatSPAPramac(Ducati)+1.755s
5Mattia CasadeiITAPons(Ducati)+2.152s
6Mika PerezSPARNF(Ducati)+2.331s
7Miquel PonsSPALCR(Ducati)+2.801s
8Alessio FinelloITAGresini(Ducati)+2.886s
9Kevin ZannoniITASIC58(Ducati)+3.116s
10Kevin ManfrediITASIC58(Ducati)+4.687s
11Hikari OkuboJPNTech3(Ducati)+6.474s
12Maria HerreraSPAAspar(Ducati)+9.081s

Randy Krummenacher began 2023 fastest in a wet FP1 at Jerez, with a time of 1m 58.847s:

Official Jerez lap records


  • MotoGP: 1m 36.170s (Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati, 2022)
  • Moto2: 1m 40.667s (Remy Gardner, Kalex, 2021)
  • Moto3: 1m 44.988s (Andrea Migno, Honda, 2021)
  • MotoE: 1m 47.778s (Eric Granado, Energica, 2021)*

*Went faster in the race (below).


  • MotoGP: 1m 37.669s (Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati, 2022)
  • Moto2: 1m 41.313s (Sam Lowes, Kalex, 2021)
  • Moto3: 1m 46.060s (Jaume Masia, Honda, 2020)
  • MotoE: 1m 47.473s (Eric Granado, Energica, 2021)

Fastest 2022 Jerez MotoE lap:

  • 1m 48.120s (Hector Garzo, Energica)

The new Ducati has reached a top speed of 275 km/h in private tests at Mugello, which is a fraction quicker than the Energica during last year’s Italian Grand Prix weekend.

The highest MotoE speed at the 2022 Jerez round was 228.3km/h, by both Maria Herrera and Hikari Okubo.