THE EGO CORSA STRETCHES ITS LEGS AT THE RED BULL RING
The 92,955 spectators packing the grandstands and fields surrounding the Red Bull Ring last Sunday were in for a treat as the Austrian Grand Prix took centre stage as riders of all three classes of MotoGP™ commenced battle for another fight for victory on track. But there was another star in the firmament to follow around the 4.3km (2.68 mile) Spielberg track: the Energica Ego Corsa, this time in the hands of former MotoGP rider Alex Hoffmann.
The experienced German rider did a live commentary aboard the Ego Corsa for Servus TV as he powered the track-ready, all-electric high-performing superbike machine by Energica around the sweeping corners of the former Österreichring for the eleventh demo lap of the season.
“It was a great experience for me”, said Alex Hoffmann. “I really enjoyed the great crowd at the Red Bull Ring and it was amazing to ride the Energica Ego Corsa in front of all of them. It was a new experience to be riding an electric superbike, but I had the feedback of all the riders who ridden demo laps before me so I had a good idea of what to expect. It’s undoubtedly a very powerful machine and the acceleration is incredible. I know Energica is putting a lot of development ahead of the first edition of the MotoE™ World Cup, and I’m sure the bike will be ready to compete!”
On the Thursday and Friday of the event, the 2019 version of the Ego Corsa was taken for a spin at the Red Bull Ring by Energica’s official test rider Alessandro Brannetti and by Loris Capirossi, with the goal of testing the behaviour of the bike in race configuration on the fast and flowing Austrian racetrack. With rain falling on Friday, the opportunity also arose to try the motorcycle in wet configuration.
The Energica Ego Corsa will return to action in a fortnight’s time at Silverstone, with former British and World Superbike Champion Neil Hodgson as the rider chosen for the twelfth demo lap of the year.