LITTLE remains of the MotoE testing paddock at Jerez this morning after a huge blaze ripped through all of the equipement and bikes.
MotoE chiefs now face a tough day of decisions as they plot the next course of action for the charred electric field, which now looks to be all but destroyed.
While no one has been reported injured, the blaze is said to have obliterated tools, bikes, electronic equipment, rider’s gear, transport facilities and more.
Yesterday, Eric Granado had topped the first of three planned testing days.
But now the motorcycles, all specially modified Energica Ego Corsa models with Enel charging points, will either have to be salvaged or rebuilt completely – hedge your bets for brand new ones, if at all.
This, however, is assuming chiefs agree to go ahead with the championship’s inaugural season.
A statement from MotoGP bosses reads:
A fire in the newly-built E-paddock has destroyed the majority of material for the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup at around 00:15 early on the 14th of March during the second preseason MotoE test at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto. The E-Paddock for the FIM Enel MotoEWorld Cup caught fire, causing major damages and losses. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Fortunately there have been no injuries. An update will follow in the coming hours regarding the exact causes of the fire and any subsequent changes to the calendar.
More when we have it.