Following a string of events at yesterday’s Styria MotoGP race, Miguel Oliveira of the Red Bull KTM Tech team clinched his maiden victory at the final turn of the race.
But the winner’s trophy wasn’t the only thing Miguel went home with. Title sponsors, BMW M, had a prize of their own for the 25 year old ride – a brand spanking new 2021 BMW M4! This is the first time ever in the long history of the MotoGP where the winner of a race was awarded a car.
Unfortunately, Miguel will have to wait a while before his new M4 can hit the streets as the all-new car will only make its world debut in the next couple of months. It was seen heavily camouflaged at the race alongside an M4 GT3 race car.
“Congratulations to Miguel Oliveira but he’ll will have to wait a little while to drive his BMW M4 – the car is so new that it isn’t actually on the market yet. However, we’re confident that he will have a lot of fun with it – as the first test drive shortly after the race has already prove,” said CEO of BMW M, Markus Flasch.
This is, however, not BMW’s first rodeo with such giveaways. Since 2003, BMW has awarded the MotoGP rider with the best results in qualifying throughout a season with a BMW M car at the end of the race calendar.
As with the scoring system from the races, the riders are given 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 will walk away with an M car.
At yesterday’s race, BMW also presented the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe MotoGP Safety Car. For its role as a lead car, BMW has fitted the M8 with a plethora of BMW M Performance parts. They include an engine cover, side mirror caps, rear spoiler and diffuser, wheel arch grille and steering wheel, all made with carbon fibre. It also comes with a handmade carbon front splitter and front flaps. Also vital for its safety car purpose is the light bar addition on the roof.