Reigning MotoE World Cup winners present strong 2023 line-up
The Dynavolt Intact GP team heralds the new Ducati era in MotoE with a strong rider line-up, but unlike their first four years in the only all-electric category, the German racing team brings two big names to the 2023 grid with Randy Krummenacher and Hector Garzo.
A few weeks after Switzerland's Dominique Aegerter won the 2022 MotoE World Cup in commanding fashion with ten podiums in twelve races, the team from Memmingen, which has exclusively fielded Swiss riders in its first four years in the MotoE World Cup, welcomes another Swiss to its ranks.
After Jesko Raffin sat on the Energica Corse in 2019, he was followed for three years by Dominique Aegerter, who finished the seasons from 2020 to 2022 in 3rd, 2nd and 1st place. Now 32-year-old Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher takes the wheel of the all-new V21L, which Ducati promises will put a whopping 150 horsepower on the asphalt and can be charged to 80 percent in 45 minutes thanks to innovative cooling technology and 18 kWh of battery capacity, increasing the bike's operational capability. With a total weight of 225 kg, of which 110 kg is accounted for by the battery alone, the Ducati unitary machine will replace the aging Energica Ego Corsa with its stately 260 kg after four MotoE seasons from 2023.
"Krummi", as the Zurich native is known to everyone, began his career in the German ADAC Junior Cup on the Aprilia 125 two-stroke, then moved up to the 125cc World Championship with Red Bull-KTM and secured his first Grand Prix podium in Barcelona in 2007 with P3. He was also a regular front-runner in the Moto2 World Championship, but bowed out of the class after five years, eventually winning the Supersport World Championship in 2019 on Yamaha.
He will be joined by 24-year-old Spaniard Hector Garzo, who was a feared opponent of the German racing team in the first year of the FIM World Cup. Garzo, unlike Krummenacher, already has experience in MotoE, but the manufacturer change from Energica to Ducati means he too will have to readjust. In recent years, the Valencia-born rider has repeatedly attracted attention. In 2017 and 2018 he rode for the Tech3 Racing team in Moto2, before competing for the same team in MotoE in 2019. The following year he moved back to Moto2, where he competed for Flexbox HP 40 for two seasons, recording his career highlight to date with P2 at the penultimate race of 2020 in his hometown of Valencia. In 2022, his path led him back to Tech 3 E-Racing in MotoE, where he finished the season in eighth place and is now full of euphoria to join the winning team and, together with the experienced Intact GP crew, aims to build on former successes.
According to official manufacturer information, the protagonists can look forward to 275 km/h top speed with the Ducati V21L, which they will exhaust on the eight race tracks in the calendar. In total, the preliminary season of the series, which will in future be known as the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship, will feature 16 races over eight weekends. But before that, the first official tests of the season will take place in Jerez de la Frontera from 06 to 08 March, before the final preparations are made in Barcelona from 03 to 05 April, before the Dynavolt Intact GP team goes in the hunt for the title with the Ducati V21L in its fifth season in the MotoE World Championship, which starts in mid-May in Le Mans, France.