BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, 24/11/2014, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
On Saturday evening, 22 November, BMW Motorsport riders from across the globe were welcomed to the prestigious BMW Pavillon in the heart of Munich to celebrate the first ever BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
Some had travelled from as far away as South Africa and Canada to join their fellow S 1000 RR and HP4 racers for an evening dedicated to showcasing the best international talent competing in this innovative and unique 'world championship' for BMW racers. The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises racing series on all continents.
Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their great commitment: “Thanks to their commitment, they made it possible to create the largest global motorcycle racing community. BMW Motorrad Motorsport provides technical support to around 150 privateer teams and riders worldwide with an extensive network of BMW experts. BMW has formed a large global community of teams, riders and customers who race the RR and the HP4. Many of them also compete in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.”
Enthused by the many teams and riders that trust the BMW S 1000 RR and HP4, Heiner Faust said: “BMW racing customers fly the flag for BMW Motorrad all around the globe. Our riders have once again been successful all over the world in 2014.”
2014 boasts some outstanding results for BMW Motorrad. Among them the historic triple achieved by Michael Dunlop on the Isle of Man, seven victories in the EVO class of the Superbike World Championship for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, the first ever BMW Motorrad victory in the British Superbike Championship with Ryuichi Kiyonari and a historic double victory for Lucy Glöckner at Zolder in the IDM Superstock 1000 series.
Highlight of the evening was obviously the tribute to the most successful participants in the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. In its inaugural year, 69 BMW Motorrad privateers from 20 different countries on five continents, and racing in 15 different championships, took part in the innovative customer racing project. Overall, they competed in 206 races in 19 countries on six continents.
The top 20 were honoured on stage. The top 15 received trophies and a total prize purse of 100,000 Euros. The three best Race Trophy participants received special applause. Victory went to German Markus Reiterberger, followed in second place by Frenchman Emilien Jaillet, and Austrian Marco Nekvasil in third place. Special praise went to Lucy Glöckner, the fastest lady among the participants, who showed her talent with an impressive double win at the IDM Superstock race in Zolder.
Winner Markus Reiterberger was pleased about the 20,000 Euro winners cheque: “I am obviously very proud to be the first winner of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy," said Reiterberger. “I find the concept of the Race Trophy very interesting. It gives us riders the opportunity to compete with our fellow BMW riders around the world. This way, you not only look at the results and standings in your own championship after the race weekend, but also the rankings in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. It’s also fantastic to be able to celebrate together with all the other BMW motorcycle riders from so many different countries here tonight. We are like one big family, but all race in a wide range of different series and rarely have the opportunity to meet up.”
The official part of the Race Trophy celebration was followed by one of the legendary BMW Motorrad Motorsport party nights including live-music until the early morning. To the delight of all guests, the entertainment included a special appearance by double Superbike World Champion and former BMW factory rider James Toseland, a talented musician and now a recording artist in his own right.
2014 is drawing to a close, and preparations for the coming season are already in full swing at BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The new BMW S 1000 RR will make its race debut in 2015. The Superbike World Championship is just one of the series in which the 2015 version of the BMW S 1000 RR will be in action.
At the same time, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts are working together with customer teams from a wide range of championships to ensure the RRs and HP4s are perfectly prepared for next year. Changes are also afoot in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
“It will be an exciting season," Heiner Faust sums up. “BMW Motorrad Motorsport will continue to pursue the path we took this year. Our goal is to further expand our global family of private BMW riders and teams, and to make our partnership with our customers even closer. One part of our strategy is to expand the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. This innovative project gained a lot of interest and resulted in positive feedback among our riders. And for 2015, it will be even more appealing!”
As well as the riders’ standings, there will also be a team competition in 2015 honouring every team winning a championship with 7,500 Euro. Additional championships will be incorporated into the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy and a new, adaptive points system will be introduced, which will make it possible to react to any changes to the individual race calendars.