The second preseason MotoE™ test at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto met with an unfortunate fate when a major fire engulfed a paddock and destroyed 18 bikes overnight. Although there were no injuries recorded, the massive damage forced all the remaining tests and the first race to be cancelled.
According to the reports, the fire started at 00:15 in the newly constructed Paddock E. The event organisers confirmed that no bikes were charging at the time of the accident and that there is always a lot of risks involved in ambition to evolve and experiment with new technologies.
The accident was caught on camera and can be watched below.
The authorities have confirmed that the investigations are underway and believe that the cause of the fire will be known shortly. The Formula E inspired event has received a major setback but are determined to bring the race back on track at the earliest.
An open statement by the organisers read, “Dorna Sports and all of our partners in this new venture are committed to getting the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup back on track as soon as possible, with work already underway to begin rebuilding and replacing materials and motorcycles lost in the fire.”
Jorge Viegas, the President of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme [FIM] which is the governing body behind MotoE, said, “It is a terrible blow but I am sure that all those working for this exciting new venture will find the strength and motivation to overcome this unfortunate occurrence and make the Championship a success.
“We look forward to putting this behind us and are confident in the future”, he added.
The MotoE season which was previously scheduled to be organised from 3rd – 5th May 2019 in Jerez has now been indefinitely postponed. The revised calendar for the event will be out shortly.