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FIM E-Xplorer World Cup, Extreme E to hold joint weekend in Sardinia

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The FIM E-Xplorer World Cup can be described as a two-wheeled version of Extreme E: both are electric off-road series whose teams consist of one male and female competitor each. The two series will join forces for the first time on 16/17 September as E-Xplorer will end its inaugural season in Sardinia as part of a joint weekend with Extreme E’s penultimate round.

Extreme E founder Alejandro Agag is already close with E-Xplorer’s leadership, having contributed to its development phase before and giving his full blessing to the nascent championship ahead of its d├ębut. The first round took place in Barcelona in May, followed by races in Crans-Montana in June and Vollore-Montagne the following month.

“We share the same values as Extreme E, and Alejandro Agag is a strong supporter of the series,” said E-Xplorer boss Valentin Guyonnet. “Both these championships race off road with electric vehicles and field a female and a male rider in each team. Racing at the same event is a great opportunity and I am very grateful for everyone at Extreme E and around the Sardinia event for helping to make this possible.”

While E-Xplorer uses a different race format from Extreme E with head-to-head elimination brackets instead of every rider on track at the same time, it also uses heats to set a Final race. For Sardinia, E-Xplorer will emulate Extreme E by holding a doubleheader on both days of the weekend rather than condensing it into a sunday day like usual.

Both series’ races will take place on the Italian Army’s Capo Teulada training area. E-Xplorer’s course will be 0.6 kilometres in length, while Extreme E has yet to reveal its layout.

E-Xplorer championship leader MIE Racing and their riders Jorge Zaragoza and Sandra Gomez attended the first Extreme E Sardinia race weekend in July.

“Valentin came to the event in July with the MIE riders and bikes to give the team a demonstration, and insight into the thrilling competition,” commented XE Chief Championship Officer James Taylor. “I have been following the season so far and believe these two rounds will complement the Extreme E races perfectly. We are promoting the same messages through our sports and it will be great to have the first ever E-Xplorer Champion crowned in Sardinia with Extreme E.”

A return to Sardinia was announced by Extreme E in late August, replacing what was supposed to be a round in the Amazon or United States. Rosberg X Racing swept the July weekend.

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