On Saturday 22 November, BMW riders from across the world will be swapping racing leathers for smart suits and heading to BMW's Pavillon on Munich's famous Lenbachplatz for an evening to celebrate a successful first year of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, as well as crown the inaugural series champion.Officially launched earlier this year, this unique and innovative international customer racing project was designed especially for privateer BMW Motorrad racers who contest different international and national championships and events around the globe. According to the results they achieve in their races, they collect points towards the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy classification.This one-of-a-kind competition has been phenomenally successful during its first year. In 15 racing series, 6 continents, 19 countries and 206 races, 69 BMW Motorrad riders have been fighting for victories (53 in total) in their national championships and at the same time collecting points for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy classification, which has a total prize fund of 100,000 EurosEntry was offered to all interested privateers who race bikes that are based on the BMW S 1000 RR or the BMW HP4 in various championships and events worldwide, from the FIM Superbike World Championship and other international series to national championships and events like the Isle of Man TT.This has allowed BMW riders who are fighting for the title in their own championships to also battle their fellow racers worldwide for the title of the best BMW Motorrad rider – but without having to incur the significant expense and time needed to travel to other series. A complex and balancing formula has been used to calculate the points they’ve collected for the results achieved in the single race events, and this platform has allowed the organisers of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy to determine the best BMW Motorrad rider in the world, among all fellow BMW riders.“Out of the 69 riders who have registered and competed this year, the top 20 performers have been invited to the prestigious BMW Pavillon in central Munich for an awards ceremony where the 15 best classified riders will be rewarded with a trophy and prize money,” says BMW Motorrad Motorsport Marketing Director Udo Mark. “It has been a fantastic first year as we attracted many more participants than we had planned for and the feedback from competitors has been extremely positive. For them, the fact that they can race other BMW riders from all over the world – but without leaving their own country – has been a unique experience in customer sport. Furthermore, it has allowed many of the top performers to gain international exposure among the global sporting community, which would have been almost impossible otherwise.”Udo Mark added: “All of us at BMW Motorrad Motorsport are really looking forward to celebrating a successful year in customer sport with all of our riders and revealing our plans for 2015 and beyond. It will be great for us to meet many of the racers in person that we’ve been communicating with all year and reward them for their considerable efforts, before crowning the series champion.”
November 2014 | © BMW Motorrad
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