BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Munich, Germany, 02/12/2015, BMW Motorrad Race Trophy
19 racing series, 23 countries, six continents, 86 racetracks, 116 race events, 318 races, one Race Trophy – and one winner: Matthieu Lussiana has won the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. Second place went to Jordan Szoke, with Roland Resch third. As such, the top three come from racing series on three different continents. The award ceremony took place on Saturday as part of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Motorsport Season Finale in BMW Welt, Munich.
Lussiana scored a total of 436.69 Race Trophy points in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP (MT1GP) series. In the nine races the Frenchman contested within the scoring period for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, he claimed seven wins and finished runner-up twice on his BMW S 1000 RR, run by the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing team. Lussiana also won the title in the South American racing series for the second year in a row.
“It is always a great satisfaction to win a championship title or a trophy, especially the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy with so many riders participating from all around the world,” said Lussiana. “It was really exciting because the rankings were changing with every race weekend throughout the season. So the suspense was there until the very last race, and I tried my best to collect the maximum number of points to win the Race Trophy.”
“Since November last year I have won seven races and finished second twice, so I think I found the right way to be fast, consistent and in perfect harmony with my bike,” Lussiana continued. “This season, I claimed my second title in the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP championship with BMW. I raced the new BMW S 1000 RR model and it was incredible - the frame, the electronics, the engine. And then my team and I did a great job setting the bike up for the different requirements of every single race track. I am very proud to have represented the BMW brand in Brazil.”
Lussiana was not able to attend the award ceremony in Munich in person, as he and the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing team were in action at the season finale of the Moto 1000 GP series in Curitiba at the weekend. The winner was represented in BMW Welt by his parents, who received his trophy and a winner’s cheque for 20,000 Euros.
Runner-up Jordan Szoke claimed his tenth title in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) in 2015. Riding a BMW S 1000 RR run by the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team, Szoke enjoyed the perfect season, winning seven of seven races. He scored 429.67 Race Trophy points and was rewarded for second place with 15,000 Euros in prize money.
Szoke is proud to represent Canada and North America on the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy podium: “The rest of the world does not really pay much attention to Canadian motor racing – simply because we are so far away. The heart of motor racing beats in Europe, and Canada is usually associated with ice hockey. However, we are very committed to racing in Canada. It is also fantastic the way BMW Motorrad is supporting racing in Canada and North America. It is important for the global sport of motor racing to have strong series on every continent. BMW Motorrad knows that and is very heavily involved in every country. That is fantastic.”
Third place in the Race Trophy, and a cheque for 12,500 Euros, went to Roland Resch, champion of the Superbike class in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR SBK). This championship was new to the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy this season, and the Austrian from the reitwagen-racing-team followed developments in the overall standings very closely.
“It is incredibly interesting to go up against the guys from all the other racing series in an international competition like this,” said Resch, who racked up 414.73 Race Trophy points. “I checked the rankings every week, particularly towards the end of the season, when it became apparent that I could finish in the top five. I am delighted with third place. This is a great bonus for the team and me.”
The top 15 riders were honoured in Munich, sharing a total prize purse of 100,000 Euros. The second season of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy saw 104 BMW riders from 22 countries on six continents take part in this unique competition. They raced for 73 different teams in national and international racing series around the world.
“We can look back on a great second season for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy,” said Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. “The number of over 100 participants is impressive and shows how this project is appreciated among the BMW racers around the globe. The fact that our top three finishers race in championships on three different continents, and that the top 15 riders come from 11 different countries and ten racing series, is undoubtedly the proof that the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy really is a global success model. But it is not only that that makes us proud. In 2015, our BMW Motorrad Motorsport customers have continued their streak of success on the race tracks all around the world. With their achievements, our BMW privateers helped to consolidate the outstanding position of BMW Motorrad in national and international racing, and demonstrated that our BMW S 1000 RR is one of the most competitive Superbikes on the circuits all around the globe.”
Within the framework of this year’s BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, a bonus was also awarded for the first time to teams and riders who won the title in their respective championships. This honoured the committed work put in by the teams, without whom the success of the BMW riders around the world would not be possible. Every Race Trophy team that won a title this season was rewarded with a cheque for 7,500 Euros. The riders received 2,500 Euros.
Six BMW teams won titles this year, and they were acknowledged at the Season Finale in Munich: the Motomarket Racing Team with its rider Eeki Kuparinen (privateer class in the FIM CEV Superbike European), the reitwagen-racing-team with Roland Resch (Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship Superbike class), the Rohac and Fejta motoracing team with Michal Prášek (Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship Superstock class), Van Zon-Remeha-BMW with Markus Reiterberger (SUPERBIKE IDM / International German Championship), the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team with Jordan Szoke (Canadian Superbike Championship) and BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing with Matthieu Lussiana (Moto 1000 GP).
At BMW Motorrad Motorsport, plans are now being made for the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. Details will be announced at the start of the new year.