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Saroléa tests E-MotoGP with Capirossi at Aragon

Belgian electric race-bike maker on the shortlist for 2019 electric MotoGP class.

Saroléa have been regulars at the Isle of Man TT Zero over the past few years and – despite some disappointing results – they’ve made quite an impression on the battery-powered racing world.

Whilst the mighty development team of Honda and Mugen have swept up the trophies, brothers Bjorn and Torsten Robbens have steadily and tirelessly worked behind the scenes to develop their SP7 into a machine fit for the premier racing classes; and now it looks as if they might have their chance.

 

In a private testing session yesterday at Aragon, Loris Capirossi took the latest Saroléa SP7 incarnation through its paces around the track and in front of Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta, in what would appear to have been a stage in part of a selection process; a process aimed at choosing a motor supplier for the intended E-MotoGP class.

Dorna’s plans for the new electric race series are believed to be similar to the set-up for Moto2 – where the entire field is powered by a single, engine supplier.

If this supply contract were to be offered to Saroléa, it would be an incredible achievement for the young, startup company; especially as its one that doesn’t even have a road-going bike available at the current time.

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All that is due to change very soon however, as the street version of the SP7 – the Manx7 – is due to hit the first paying customers in 2018, so the production timings would certainly seem to align.

But what did Capirossi – and by extension Dorna – think of the Belgian-based, battery bike? All initial signs would appear to be extremely positive,

“He seemed impressed with the motors character and the relatively low weight of the bike. He [Capirossi] already tested other engines that qualify for this cup, and I suspect they had heavier motorcycles.

We dare to say that we are on the shortlist, along with US company Mission Motorcycles, the Italian firm Energica, and probably another player such as Mahindra.”

Photos: Mirco Lazzari

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    Ian Jubb

    September 23, 2017 at 10:37

    Yes Bjorn and Torsten Robbens! YES!!!!

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    Angus Farquhar

    September 23, 2017 at 18:23

    Can’t wait to see this.

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    MotoFire

    September 23, 2017 at 22:34

    Exciting times.. it’s going to be amazing if they can get the range out of them to be long enough to be entertaining

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    Angus Farquhar

    September 24, 2017 at 06:54

    Based on TT performance they should get about 20 laps? Maybe all the stop start will cut that down.

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    MotoFire

    September 24, 2017 at 13:20

    Yeh, you’re right, the start stop will hammer that. We’d reckon down to 10-14 in the current state. Although that’s not bad

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