New worry in the MotoE Paddock, this time in the Red Bull Ring. The alarms jumped minutes before 4:00 p.m., at which time a slight explosion was heard in one of the tents installed inside the E-Paddock, the place where all the EGO Corsa Energia are stored and handled. MotoE World Championship, the space away from the rest of the trucks and hospitalities of the championship for safety reasons.
According to information provided by several witnesses, the Niki Tuuli Energy, the championship leader, has begun to burn as a result of a small deflagration while charging its battery pack.
The flames have spread rapidly to the tent where the motorcycle was stored, which has also started to burn. Fortunately, after the fire that swept the E-Paddock of the Jerez Circuit last March, Dorna decided to install a specific firefighters team for MotoE 24 hours a day.
Thanks to the speed of these professionals, the fire has not spread to the rest of tents and there has been no need to regret major material or human losses. It is worth recalling that in Jerez more than 1.5 million euros were burned in material, including the 18 motorcycles of the championship.
The MotoE organization issued the following official statement on this incident: “Right now there is an ongoing investigation to determine the reasons behind the fire that has occurred today in the Red Bull Ring, where the second round of the FIM World Cup takes place in the MotoE. In the incident, the motorcycle 66 of Niki Tuuli has been involved and has occurred during the process of loading the motorcycle. The fire has been quickly extinguished by firefighters and everything has been done safely. MotoE will continue as planned. ”
Precisely here, in Austria, Dorna is launching a new rescue vehicle specifically for MotoE. It is a quad that incorporates a special system to extinguish fires of lithium batteries with foam and that also has a fire retardant trailer attached where any MotoE that has suffered a track fall will be introduced.
From now on, when an incident occurs during training or race, commissioners equipped with fire-retardant suits will remove the motorcycle and introduce it in this special trailer, moving the vehicle to a secluded place to thoroughly check the motorcycle and rule out significant damage. on the batteries
This decision comes as a result of the fall suffered by Lorenzo Savadori in the last German Grand Prix, at the inaugural MotoE event. After the fall of the Italian rider, the commissioners did not dare to withdraw their Energica EGO Corsa until a member of the organization assured them that there was no danger of fire or explosion.