Road racing is the cradle of racing - and accordingly it is closely linked to the history of BMW Motorrad. BMW celebrated its first title win in the German Championship in 1924. Many more followed, as well as successes at various international events. An important milestone was achieved in 1939 by BMW rider Georg Meier in an event that is still one of the world’s most important road races: he was the first non-Brit to win the Senior TT on the Isle of Man on a non-English motorcycle. Even today, road racing still thrills fans with spectacular races on demanding street courses. And there is a motorcycle to beat: the BMW S 1000 RR.
The RR in international road racing
Road racing cannot be compared to racing on purpose-built racetracks. The races take place on normal roads that are blocked off for racing events - with walls, crash barriers and trees directly on the roadside. The names of the most important international events make the hearts of every road racing fan beat faster: Isle of Man TT, Ulster Grand Prix, Northwest 200, Macau Grand Prix ... For many years, BMW Motorrad Motorsport has worked closely with numerous successful road racing teams and thus has his share of the victories and triumphs that the road racers regularly claim on the BMW S 1000 RR.
Triumphs and records
The BMW S 1000 RR riders are great favorites in every road race, be it at international meetings or in the International Road Racing Championship. The success story began in 2014 when Michael Dunlop, exactly 75 years after Georg Meier, dominated the Isle of Man with the RR and won three races in the 1,000 cc class. In the following years, Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson and Peter Hickman claimed a total of ten more Isle of Man victories for the BMW S 1000 RR.
The BMW road racers are just as successful at the other meetings, with numerous victories and podium places. In addition, they also regularly set world records, such as Peter Hickman, who has repeatedly been named the “Fastest Road Racer of the World” at the Ulster Grand Prix, and currently holds this title. By the way, Hickman has won the legendary Macau Grand Prix three times since 2015. One race series that combines road races in one championship is the International Road Racing Championship. Here too, the BMW road racers have won the title among themselves for years.