BMW Remains Official Car of MotoGP Until 2016
As part of the agreement, BMW M will continue to provide a total of six Safety Cars, two Safety Bikes and nine VIP Village Shuttles at all European rounds, while for the overseas Grands Prix the two main Safety Cars and one Safety Bike are included.
In 2011 the fleet will be led by the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the X6 M, which will also be accompanied by a hybrid car as part of the Race Direction car fleet.
BMW’s exposure will also include trackside advertising, stands in the public access areas, a strong presence in the VIP Village and a service centre in the MotoGP Paddock.
“BMW’s presence is already extremely well established in MotoGP, having been a central part of the daily routine of the World Championship at each Grand Prix. The importance of BMW to MotoGP has been regularly highlighted by its role in key areas of the World Championship, and the fact that both Dorna and MotoGP can rely on BMW for the foreseeable future is of huge benefit to the safety and quality of our sport,” Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said, speaking about the renewed partnership.
In addition, the BMW M Award will also remain a feature of the World Championship, rewarding the best-performing rider in qualification in the premier class at the end of the season. In 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo collected a brand new BMW M3 Sedan. In 2011, the winner will receive a new BMW 1 Series M Coupe.