Due to the recent terrorism-linked events in France, the 2017 season of the new e-moto championship has been cancelled for security reasons.
It does not really come as a surprise, knowing that the first round of the championship, officially called the Racinger City Tour, was planned to happen on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the very site of last July’s carnage. Other legs were planned in Paris, Strasbourg, Lille, Marseilles. Monaco and Metz.
We introduced the concept of this championship based on the E formula car championship a few month ago: http://cleanrider.com/electric-supermotard-championship-project-in-france/
The French championship was to feature 2-day events run on 400 to 800-yard tracks, 90% paved and 10% dirt. Several categories of 15-minute races were planned: full power (with bikes from Tacita and Alta), 125cc-equivalent (with Zero, KTM and specially-developed bikes from Electric Motion), kids (with Kuberg bikes) and a women category. There was also an important involvement of the French government, to promote clean energy, city life and youth activities.
Interestingly, this racing concept was approved by the International Motorcycle Federation, which agreed to its development in 20 countries. The ambition of Jean Paul Levy, founder of the Racinger City Tour, was to have the same championship in several European countries starting in 2018 (Belgium, Italy, Spain and Austria), and then in the US and Asia as soon as 2019.
According to Tacita, they have already developed a special bike for this championship. It features a new 50 kW motor, a new controller and a new battery with more power for “15 minutes of pure fun”, according to Pierpaolo Rigo, founder of Tacita.
If we can understand why the championship was cancelled for 2017, we do hope it can start in 2018 and soon come to the US.