This year marks the 20th season of BMW M as the Official Car of the Moto GP and in keeping to tradition, a BMW M Award (in the form of a M car) will be given to the best qualifier at the end of the Moto GP season.
And this year’s car is the exclusive BMW M3 CS in Frozen Dark Blue, a special edition limited to just 1,200 units worldwide. Since 2003, the MotoGP rider with the best results in qualifying throughout a season has been rewarded with an exclusive, individually-designed BMW M car at the end of the season. As with the scoring system, the riders receive points for their positions in qualifying at each Moto GP weekend. The rider who has picked up the most points at the end of the season wins the coveted BMW M Award.
“We are excited to see who will claim this car as their own at the end of the season. BMW M is already in its 20th season as the ‘Official Car of MotoGP’ and we’re in the 16th edition of the BMW M Award since 2003, said Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of the Commercial Department of Dorna Sports.”
The record holder so far is Marc Márquez, who has already claimed the BMW M Award five times in a row. Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner each have three wins to their name. Jorge Lorenzo has been honoured as the best qualifier twice to date while Sete Gibernau and the late Nicky Hayden have each won the award once.
The new BMW M3 CS is the most powerful production M3 ever. It takes just 3.9 seconds to get from 0 to 100 km/h backed by 460 hp and 600 Nm of torque.