Digital Edition Subscribers: Read Roadracing World Magazine Now >
Roadracing - An Online Service of Roadracing World Magazine
Sep 11, 2018

MotoE World Cup: Former 500cc GP World Champion Franco Uncini Tries Out Energica At Misano

Former 500cc GP World Champion Franco Uncini riding the Energica Ego Corsa electric racebike at Misano.


The San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix lived up to expectations as the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship was welcomed by the usual vocal and passionate Italian crowd at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for what was an incredible weekend of racing and surprises. In this wonderful scenario, Energica Ego Corsa shone as one of the brightest stars when it was taken to the track for the demo lap by 1982 500cc World Champion Franco Uncini. The all-electric superbike by Energica also stormed around the 4.2km (2.63 mile) circuit in its 2019 configuration with Alessandro Brannetti and Loris Capirossi on board for three test sessions.

“It was fantastic to ride the Ego Corsa at Misano” said Franco Uncini. “Like I said last week, I was very curious to try it and it really feels like the future, the acceleration is really amazing. Obviously, I didn’t take any unnecessary risk as it’s still a new bike for me, but I hope I will be able to ride it again in the future. It was really amazing to do the demo lap in front of such amazing crowd, it really felt like a throwback in time! I would like to thank Energica, Dorna and Loris Capirossi for the opportunity.”

The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli (15 Sept) will be the track hosting the season finale of the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, as officially revealed last weekend along with the other four events on the calendar: Jerez (5 May), Le Mans (19 May), Sachsenring (7 July) and Spielberg (11 August).

Along with confirmation of the calendar and the test dates, team principals of next year’s MotoE efforts lined up on the finish line at Misano on Saturday for a group pictures behind two, stunning 2019 Ego Corsa machines and were joined by IRTA CEO Mike Trimby, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM President Vito Ippolito, FIM Sports Director Fabio Muner and MotoE™ Executive Director Nicolas Goubert. But that is not all, as Energica was already on full display earlier in the week when two Ego Corsa joined Team Gresini in a parade lap around the streets of San Marino, before heading to Riccione for a talk show involving Energica’s CTO Giampiero Testoni.

“We are very glad with how the MotoE World Cup is shaping up at a very rapid pace” says Energica CEO Livia Cevolini. “The development is moving forward non-stop and according to schedule. The calendar has been made official along with the pre-season test dates: there is a lot of anticipation for the start FIM Enel MotoE World Cup and we are all on the edge of our seats, but there is still some time left on the clock so we will stay focused and keep working the right way.”

The Ego Corsa will return to action in a fortnight’s time at MotorLand Aragón, with former 250cc and World Superbike race winner Fonsi Nieto as the designated rider for the demo lap.

Top 5 This Week