The FIM has launched a world championship for electric-powered motorcycles.
Concerned about the preparation for the future of motorcycle sport and in order to promote Alternative Energies, the FIM is pleased to announce the launch of its new Electric Motorcycles Championship.
It will be called the FIM e-Power International Championship.
The events will be held during the opening race of a few rounds of our prestigious championships as of 2010.
FIM president Vito Ippolito said: “The FIM, as the governing body of motorcycle sport, must take into account current environmental problems. This is why, in the framework of our agreement with the United Nations Environmental Programme, we put in place every year initiatives aimed at making the motorcycle world aware and reminding us of our duties towards our planet.
“With the same goal and in order to promote new energies, the FIM is pleased about and proud of the creation of the FIM e-Power International Championship that will be managed by the Road Racing Commission (CCR). We hope to gather many teams around this project in preparation for the future of our sport.”
Claude Danis, Road Racing Commission President added: “The CCR is enthusiastic to support this new championship. We have already seen the interest of the organisers, who like us, are concerned about environmental issues and who want to be involved in competitions using new energy for the benefit of the motorcycle racing of tomorrow.
Details on the organisation of this championship will be announced in the coming weeks and other dates should be added to the 2010 provisional calendar.
The provisional 2010 FIM e-Power International Championship calendar is:
Round 1: 18 April, Le Mans (Opening race of the Le Mans 24hours), France.
Round 2: Date to be confirmed, Albacete (Opening race of the Albacete 8 hours), Spain
Round 3: 12 September, Nevers-Magny Cours (Opening race of the Bol d’Or), France.
Round 4: 14 November*, Doha (Opening race of the Doha 8 hours) Qatar. * To be confirmed
All riders, teams, organisers and National Motorcycle Federations interested in the FIM-e-Power International Championship are invited to contact:
Paul Duparc or Alex Goldenberg
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