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Motorcycles SIC names Smith's replacement for new MotoE season

17:15  29 june  2020
17:15  29 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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SIC Racing has signed Moto3 veteran Jakub Kornfeil to head up its MotoE effort, following Bradley Smith ' s call-up to an Aprilia MotoGP race ride. The new MotoE season will comprise seven races, starting at Jerez on July 19 and concluding with a double-header at Le Mans in October.

Smith , who will be replaced by Johann Zarco in KTM' s line-up after next weekend' s Valencia season finale, will combine his MotoE duties for the SIC Racing Team with his new role as Aprilia test rider. The Briton has previously made little secret of his interest in the new five-round support series but

SIC Racing has signed Moto3 veteran Jakub Kornfeil to head up its MotoE effort, following Bradley Smith's call-up to an Aprilia MotoGP race ride.

a person wearing a hat and sunglasses: Jakub Kornfeil, Prustel GP © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jakub Kornfeil, Prustel GP

Czech rider Kornfeil, 27, will campaign SIC's sole bike entered under the 'WithU Racing' banner in the all-electric support class, as Smith replaces Andrea Iannone for the opening rounds of the new MotoGP season at Jerez.

Iannone is currently serving an 18-month doping suspension, with Smith set to fill in for the Italian for the foreseeable future.

Smith dovetailed his MotoE duties with his programme of MotoGP wildcards for Aprilia last year, placing second in the standings in the former behind Matteo Ferrari.

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Smith , who will be replaced by Johann Zarco in KTM' s line-up after next weekend' s Valencia season finale, will combine his MotoE duties for the SIC Racing Team with his new role as Aprilia test rider. The Briton has previously made little secret of his interest in the new five-round support series but

Bradley Smith will join the inaugural MotoE grid for 2019 having signed for the Sepang International Having lost his spot on the MotoGP grid for next season , Smith will join the Aprilia squad as an “This is a completely new chapter in the motorcycling world and I am very excited to be a part of MotoE

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Bradley Smith, SIC Racing Team © Motorsport.com Bradley Smith, SIC Racing Team

Bradley Smith, SIC Racing Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Kornfeil is a veteran of 143 starts in Moto3, having made his debut in the lightweight class back in 2009. Since then he has scored five podiums and a sole pole position.

He had already been ousted from his ride at the Prustel GP squad, which has recruited rookies Barry Baltus and Jason Dupasquier for the 2020 campaign.

One other change to the MotoE entry list since it was originally issued last year is former 125cc champion Nico Terol making way for Alejandro Medina at the Aspar team.

Spanish rider Medina placed third in the Spanish Superbike series last year, and also started two Moto2 races in 2018 for the SAG team in place of Isaac Vinales.

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MotoGP podium finishers Bradley Smith and Alex de Angelis are poised to return to MotoE for a second season , with both Also retaining an unchanged line-up is Aspar, which will continue to field Maria Herrera and Nico Terol, and the single-bike teams of Ajo, Marc VDS and SIC 58, who will carry

“When the new MotoE World Championship appeared, we were clear that we wanted to be present, without a doubt, electric motorcycles are destined to Testing for the maiden MotoE season begins at Jerez on 23-25 November. The inaugural MotoE championship gets underway at Jerez next May

The new MotoE season will comprise seven races, starting at Jerez on July 19 and concluding with a double-header at Le Mans in October.

2020 MotoE entry list:

#RiderTeam
5 Alex de AngelisPramac
6 Maria HerreraAspar
7 Niccolo CanepaLCR
10 Xavier SimeonLCR
11 Matteo FerrariGresini
16 Josh HookPramac
20 Xavier CardelusAvintia
27 Mattia CasadeiSIC58
35 Lukas TulovicTech 3
38 Bradley SmithWithU (SIC)
40 Jordi TorresPons
51 Eric GranadoAvintia
55 Alejandro MedinaAspar
61 Alessandro ZacconeGresini
63 Mike Di MeglioMarc VDS
66 Niki TuuliAjo
70 Tommaso MarconTech 3
77 Dominique AegerterIntact GP

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© Motorsport Images Andrea Iannone sat on Aprilia for the last time in November 2019 Bradley Smith will pilot the second Aprilia at the MotoGP season start. Since Andrea Iannone is banned after the positive doping test, Aprilia uses internally and nominates test driver Smith. So far, Smith has made a solid impression at the Misano test. "He is our test rider and knows the motorcycle because he helped to develop it. That is why he will be the one who will ride at the start.

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