First rider for MotoGP's new MotoE support series announced

The Dynavolt Intact GP team has become the first team to sign a rider for the inaugural five-round MotoE season in 2019

First rider for MotoGP's new MotoE support series announced

The outfit's sole entry on the 18-bike grid will be ridden by 22-year-old Swiss rider Jesko Raffin.

"Right from the start, when we heard about this championship for the first time, we wanted to hire a top rider for this MotoE World Cup," said team manager Jurgen Lingg.

"Therefore we are very happy that we could reach an agreement with Jesko Raffin.

"Jesko fits perfectly into our Intact GP family! We are very happy about it and are very excited about the coming season."

Raffin competed in Moto2 full-time from 2015-17, and recorded a career-best finish of fourth last year en route to 20th in the standings - only to be denied a 2018 entry due to a "lack of consistent good results" despite a valid contract with Interwetten.

He instead returned to the Spanish CEV Moto2 series, having won it in 2014, and currently leads the category's 2018 standings.

"It's a great opportunity to start for such a professional team," said Raffin.

"I am very grateful that I get this chance and that they believe in me.

"My motivation is huge because it is a new championship. And it's not just a new series for the moment, it's also the future.

"Of course it's difficult to estimate what we can expect next year because it's new for everyone and everyone will be sitting on the same bikes. The rider will finally be the benchmark."

MotoE has been planning to announce its rider line-up as early as this weekend's MotoGP round at Aragon.

While Raffin is the only rider formally confirmed so far, Fonsi Nieto and former 125cc champion Nico Terol are among those who are expected to join him on the grid.

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