MotoE: Smith and Gibernau headline inaugural championship

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 There will be ten different nationalities lining up in the inaugural MotoE World Cup when the new series gets underway at five round of the MotoGP world championship in 2019, with riders from Australia to Brazil represented.

Four former MotoGP riders, two former Moto3 world champions in the shape of Nico Terol and Mike di Meglio, two Endurance World Champions in Josh Hook and Kenny Foray, and a former European Moto2 Champion, Eric Granado from Brazil will all line up on the grid.

However the star names are likely to be Brit Bradley Smith, joining the Sepang team alongside his Aprilia MotoGP wildcards, and former double MotoGP runner-up Sete Gibernau, coming out of retirement to take part in the series’ first year.

The series will race at five rounds next year and see six races, at Jerez, Le Mans, Sachsenring, Red Bull Ring and a double header with a Saturday race at Misano.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer