Alessandro Zaccone and Hikari Okubo are the riders of the Tech3 E-Racing team for the MotoE World Championship 2023. Hervé Poncharal has chosen two riders with MotoE experienceto defend the colours of the French team in the next season in the World Championship of electric motorcycles.
Alessandro Zaccone and Hikari Okubo are the riders of the Tech3 E-Racing team for the MotoE World Championship 2023. From next season, the MotoE will become a World Championship with sixteen races on eight European circuits, with the French track of Le Mans as the venue for the first race. Ducati will be the official supplier of all electric motorcycles, replacing the Italian brand Energica. To face this new challenge, Hervé Poncharal has chosen for his team two riders with already several races of experience with electric motorcycles: Alessandro Zaccone, returning to MotoE after a year of experience in Moto2, and Hikari Okubo, back from two seasons with the Avant Ajo MotoE team.
Alessandro Zaccone (Tech3 E-Racing)
Back from a full season in the Moto2 World Championship with a twenty-fourth position in the standings, the Italian Alessandro Zaccone, twenty-three from Saludecio, will return to the electric series in 2023, after the first two seasons in 2020 and 2021. Twelfth in the championship in 2020 , the Italian raised the bar the following year with a win and two podiums, at the end of which he finished fifth in the championship.
“I am really happy to be joining Tech3 E-Racing and I can not wait to try the new Ducati bike in 2023. The MotoE championship is set to take a big step, and I am proud to be part of it. We have the potential for it, so our target will be to win races and the championship next year. I would like to thank Hervé Poncharal for the opportunity, and I hope to give him the best emotions possible next season. See you next year!”
Hikari Okubo (Tech3 E-Racing)
Alongside Zaccone, the Japanese Hikari Okubo will complete the 2023 lineup of Tech3. After several years in World Supersport, the 29-year-old Kodaika native will begin his third consecutive year in the electric series. After ending 2021 in twelfth place in the standings, he improved his performance in 2022 with a sixth place in the standings and a first podium at the French Grand Prix.
“I am very happy to join the Tech3 family in the MotoE championship for 2023. This team has a long history in Grand Prix and has had many Japanese riders throughout the years, so it is an honour to become one of them. I am looking forward to starting a new adventure next year, and we will aim to fight for wins and a strong position in the championship.”
Hervé Poncharal (Tech3 E-Racing)
“For its fifth year of existence, MotoE is set to make a big step in 2023 with eight events and sixteen races – two per event – so clearly it won’t be a World Cup anymore but a real World Championship, just like the three main categories of the Grand Prix Championship. A new manufacturer will support the electric series, so we are all looking forward to this new era of electric racing.
Tech3 E-Racing is delighted to welcome amongst its ranks Italian Alessandro Zaccone and Japanese Hikari Okubo, who both already have experience in MotoE. Alessandro has already won a race, and Hikari has reached the podium once, so with these two high-profile riders, we will be aiming for podiums, victories, and why not the championship.
We are excited to write the 2023 electric chapter with them!”
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