Motorcycle racing's premier series is set to go electric for 2019 with the news that MotoGP is launching the world's first electric racing championship – the MotoE World Cup. There will be 18 bikes competing in the inaugural season, supplied by Italian company Energica, all filled by current grand prix teams, with each of the eight independent MotoGP teams provided with two bikes, with the four remaining machines to be slotted into Moto2 or Moto3 teams who chose to enter MotoE. Practice sessions will take place on Friday, qualifying on Saturday, and the 10-lap races will occur on Sunday – mimicking the current GP schedule. The first pre-season test is set to take place at Jerez, later this month. Michelin will continue as a single-tire supplier in the GP paddock, providing rubber to the MotoE teams. Enel, the title sponsor for the series, will also be on-hand to help with charging the electric motorcycles – recharging time is said to be less than 30 minutes. The partnership with Enel is actually quite extensive, with the Italian electric company providing fast-charging stations to the MotoE paddock, as well as green energy supply/storage on-site at the five MotoE venues.