FIM offers €5000 inducements to enter e-Power
The FIM is offering teams €1000 (£875) per rider per race and free entry for any team willing to enter its TTXGP-rivalling e-Power series.
The ‘participation allowance’ will go to the first sixteen riders in qualifying for the first round, a number thought to comfortably exceed the expected level of entries. Each rider will get the same fee for the remaining four rounds.
The FIM is also thought to be heavily canvassing the World Endurance field, where three of its five e-Power rounds will act as support races, in an attempt to convince them to build an electric racer for the free-to-enter series.
While the memo to teams appears keen to emphasise the fact its races are “held on FIM homologated circuits, using the high safety standards as required for the FIM World Championships” (in what could be read as a swipe at the long-unhomologated Isle of Man circuit), the proposed e-Power series dates give a wide berth to the Isle of Man’s TT Zero event on 9 June.
Claude Danis, head of the FIM’s Road Racing Commission will chair a meeting with teams at Le Mans on Saturday 17 April at 10.00 am to discuss the future of the e-Power Championship.
FIM e-Power support dates
16-17/04 - 24 Hours, Le Mans (FRA) FIM World Championship Endurance
22/05 - 8 Hours, Albacete (ESP) FIM World Championship Endurance
12-13/09 - Bol d’Or, Magny Cours (FRA) FIM World Championship Endurance
26/09 - Imola (ITA) FIM World Championship Superbike
TBA FIM World Championship Grand Prix