BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, 02/12/2014, BMW Motorrad Motorsport
The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy competition is closed, and in the German Markus Reiterberger a worthy winner is crowned. The fight for the Race Trophy, which boasts 100,000 Euro prize money, remained exciting up to the end.
After the leading positions in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy changed hands almost weekly to start, Reiterberger took the lead at the end of August and never looked back. He further underlined his title credentials with a fantastic double race victory during the IDM Superbike race weekend at the Lausitzring in mid-September as well as another victory in the IDM finale at Hockenheim. Hot on his heels however was Frenchman Emilien Jaillet, who won the ‘European Bikes’ class in the French Superbike Championship this year.
Markus Reiterberger admits that he closely studied the Race Trophy ranking after every race weekend: “I always looked at the rankings and was actually quite nervous after every race. Especially as you never knew immediately what results the participants on other championships had achieved.”
For the Bavarian, the Race Trophy is also more of a new challenge for BMW Motorrad motorbike racers all over the world: “Winning the IDM championship last year was certainly one of the highlights of my career. But to win the Race Trophy this year is almost better. I really enjoyed the season.”
Emilien Jaillet is happy with second place in the Race Trophy and confirms: “The Race Trophy is a new dimension in motorsport. I’m very proud of the result and very impressed by what BMW Motorrad offers us privateer riders with the Race Trophy. Second place is the reward for the many years of hard work.”
Third place finisher Marco Nekvasil – at 17 the youngest rider in the field – briefly led the Race Trophy rankings after his double race win at Oschersleben in the IDM Superstock class. The talented Austrian raced an S 1000 RR for the first time in 2014, but adapted incredibly quickly to his new race bike: “The BMW was perfect for me. I felt at home on it from the very beginning. I found it very easy to get to grips with it even though I jumped from 600 cc machine. The RR is really cool to ride and the acceleration is breathtaking.”
The Race Trophy is especially important to Nekvasil because of the financial support it brings: “You need a certain amount of budget for every race season and the Race Trophy helps us riders to find it.”
Lucy Glöckner, the top woman in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, was also delighted about the prize money: “The prize money will land in the piggy bank. The proceeds will go towards buying a motorhome that I can use at the race tracks.” The 24-year old racer claimed the runner-up slot in the IDM Superstock class on her HP4 this year and, after taking two race wins at Zolder, was hot on the heels of future Champion Marco Nekvasil. She finished seventh in the Race Trophy.
South African Lance Isaacs, who finished the South African Motorcycle Championship as runner-up last weekend, also confirmed that the Race Trophy is an excellent opportunity to make a name for yourself beyond the boundaries of your local racing series.
“This international championship is very important for me and my country, because through this many young and ambitious racers in South Africa also see what BMW Motorrad has to offer. In my opinion, BMW Motorrad is currently the leading manufacturer in Superbikes. Thanks to the Race Trophy, I feel very close to the other riders, including such big names like Michael Dunlop and Ryuichi Kiyonari. They race in championships in which I will probably never race, but I can compete with them through the Race Trophy. This is fantastic.”
However, the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy is not all about international fame and money. The community is also important, as confirmed by Sylvain Barrier, who probably had the most difficult season of his career: “Without my team and the BMW Motorrad family, returning after such an injury would never have been possible. I’m eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to return even though my replacement Leon Camier had done such a magnificent job.”
The two-time WSBK Superstock Champion had a serious car accident in March 2014 and, as a result, was replaced for five races by Briton Leon Camier who made his debut in the race at Aragón, Spain.
Udo Mark, Marketing Director of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, also confirmed that building a community among the privateer BMW motorcycle riders was very important: “It’s the privateer riders and their teams that fly the BMW Motorrad flag so proudly and represent the brand on the race tracks of the world! It’s important for us to remain in close contact and to support them. Be it with HP Race Support or the Race Trophy. At the start of the year, we had to explain fairly often exactly what it was we wanted to achieve with the Race Trophy. The riders were impressed as soon as they had understood. And we are extremely proud of this.”
It goes without saying that the Race Trophy will be developed for the forthcoming year. In addition to the previous prize monies, an additional award will be given to every team and every rider to win a championship. “The teams are very important, because a rider cannot be successful without a team;” adds Udo Mark. “This is why we will also honour the hard work put in by the people behind the scenes this coming year.”