(CNN)A major fire has destroyed the entire roster of electric bikes ahead of the MotoE World Cup — the electric spin off of MotoGP.
The blaze ripped through the newly-built paddock after the first day of preseason testing in Jerez, Spain, with all the 18 bikes caught up in the damage. A statement from the organizers confirmed that the fire “destroyed the majority of material” and that an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the inferno. “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,” the MotoGP statement read. The fire is thought to have broken out at 12.15am local time at the Circuito de Jerez. Read More
MotoE series bosses Dorna have confirmed that 'a majority of material' has been lost in last night's fire at Jerez, but that thankfully no one was hurt. An investigation into the causes is underway. pic.twitter.com/HBpHTZl0wZ
— MCN Sport (@MCNSport) March 14, 2019 READ: Charlie Whiting: Formula One race director dies suddenly, aged 66READ: The ‘new futuristic championship’ likened to Mario KartREAD: From a roar to a whirr — MotoGP goes electricThe all-electric series was planned to serve as a supplement to MotoGP and race on the same weekend, with 12 teams signing up for the MotoE World Cup last year.The entire field had attended the test day ahead of the championship’s scheduled start at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 3 but it is yet unclear whether this will go ahead has planned. Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farFormula E 2018/19 – The 2018/19 Formula E season is set to be a thriller, with the exciting new Gen2 cars boasting top speeds of 280km/h and more drivers than ever with realistic hopes of taking home the title.Hide Caption 1 of 6 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farHong Kong, race five – Edoardo Mortara backed up his third place in Mexico by claiming top spot in Hong Kong, Venturi’s first ever victory in Formula E. Sam Bird had initially crossed the line in first place but after a four-hour investigation, was demoted for smashing into the back of race leader Andre Lotterer.Hide Caption 2 of 6 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farMexico City, race four – Former world champion Lucas Di Grassi celebrates his victory at the Mexico ePrix, arguably the most thrilling race in the sport’s five seasons. Race leader Pascal Wehrlein’s battery died just meters from the line, allowing Di Grassi to swoop past on the inside and snatch victory.Hide Caption 3 of 6 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farSantiago, race three – On a sweltering afternoon in Santiago, Chile — the hottest ePrix in history — Sam Bird stormed to victory at the Parque O’Higgins Circuit. After finishing third overall last season, the Briton will have hopes of coming out on top this time around.Hide Caption 4 of 6 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farMarrakesh, race two – Jerome d’Ambrosio followed up his podium finish in Saudi Arabia with victory in Marrakesh — his third in Formula E — to take an early lead at the top of the championship.Hide Caption 5 of 6 Photos: The 2018/19 Formula E season so farAd Diriyah, race one – The season got off to a thrilling start in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, as Portuguese driver Antonio Felix da Costa edged out Jean-Eric Vergne and Jerome d’Ambrosio to claim the second Formula E win of his career.Hide Caption 6 of 6The bikes used for MotoE are adapted from the standard MotoGP bike design, much like what Formula E has done with its race car.