BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, 18/11/2014, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
The German Markus Reiterberger is the first BMW Motorrad Race Trophy winner. The qualifying period for the inaugural season of this innovative customer racing project ended on 16 November.
Reiterberger, who contests the International German Motorcycle Championship on his S 1000 RR, clinched three wins and numerous podium positions as well as third place overall in this hard-fought championship with the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW team.
In addition, he won the Superstock class in the 8 hours of Oschersleben, an FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) event, together with the Penz13.com team.
Reiterberger is thrilled: “I’m really proud to be the first winner in the history of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. This competition is of great importance to me, because it gives me the opportunity to compare myself with international BMW motorcycle riders.”
It goes without saying that the 20-year old from Upper Bavaria is delighted about the prize money: “I’ve been involved in motorsport for over ten years now and look forward to investing the prize money in a new car, which will bring my team and I quickly and safely to every race.”
Second place in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy goes to Frenchman Emilien Jaillet. Five race victories saw Jaillet crowned Champion in the European Bikes class of the French Superbike Championship (FSBK).
The 17-year old and youngest BMW Motorrad Race Trophy participant, Austrian Marco Nekvasil, followed in third place. He won six races this season in the Superstock 1000 class of the SUPERBIKE*IDM and celebrated winning the title in this category.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport established a unique customer racing project at the beginning of the year. Interest among privateer BMW motorcycle riders was huge the moment it was announced. Sixty-nine participants registered for the BMW Race Trophy in its premiere season. The competitors contested more than 200 races in 19 countries on six continents. They could score Race Trophy points in 15 different championships and road racing events.
The classification took into account all the results scored by the participants in their respective racing series’ between 15 February and 16 November 2014. In addition to the regular points, bonus points were awarded for pole positions and winning titles as well as for every rider who started a race with a ‘BMW Motorrad Motorsport’ sticker on their motorbikes.
The 15 best placed participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy 2014 were presented with trophies and shared 100,000 Euro.
Berthold Hauser, Technical Director of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, is extremely satisfied with the inaugural BMW Motorrad Race Trophy season: “We can look back with pride on the 2014 season. Our customer teams were successful around the globe yet again. It was fantastic to see how they collected race wins and podium finishes week after week. They celebrated victories and titles at international championships and events just the same as they did in numerous national championships such as France, Spain, South Africa, Italy, Canada and Brazil.”
Hauser and the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts attended innumerable races with the HP Race Support: “We are delighted that through the close cooperation with our customers we were able to help them achieve their success.”
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing Director Udo Mark looks back on a fantastic first Race Trophy season: “Our goal with this project was to bring the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family closer together. The feedback we have received from around the world shows us that we succeeded. The fact that the 15 best placed riders come from nine different countries and competed in seven different championships confirms that the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy is an attractive project for privateer riders from all over the world.”
In the meantime, the 20 best placed BMW Motorrad Race Trophy participants were honoured during an exclusive championship gala in Munich. “The Race Trophy awards ceremony is also a good opportunity to unite the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family from around the entire world,” continues Udo Mark. “As experiences can be exchanged and guests can compare notes. In addition to the technical support that we provide with the HP Race Support it is also an important occasion for us.”
The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy will continue in 2015. At the beginning of the year, the regulations will be published on www.bmw-motorrad-motorsport.com and interested BMW motorcycle racers can register directly online via a web form.