Premiere at Portimão: Fabio Quartararo wins the BMW M Award in MotoGP™ for the first time.

Portimão (POR), 21st November 2020. BMW M GmbH, 2020 BMW M Award, MotoGP™. Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, winner Fabio Quartararo (FRA), winner's car BMW M2 CS.

Portimão. A premiere for the iconic BMW M Award: In the 2020 season,
Frenchman Fabio Quartararo was the fastest qualifier in MotoGP, which
saw him added to the list of winners of this special competition for
the first time. His reward for his performances is the BMW M Award
winner’s car for 2020: the new BMW M2 CS (combined fuel consumption:
10.4 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 238 g/km*). The
winner’s car was presented during the MotoGP season finale at the
weekend as Portimão in Portugal hosted Grand Prix motorcycle racing
for the first time.

 

Quartararo claimed pole position four times during the MotoGP season,
which was more times than any of his rivals. He picked up a total of
225 points for the BMW M Award classification, his lead over his
closest rival being 13 points. Quartararo’s victory in the 2020 season
ended the impressive record streak of Spain’s Marc Márquez, who won
the BMW M Award seven years in a row between 2013 and 2019. However,
this year Márquez missed much of the season due to injury.

 

After the final qualifying session of the season on Saturday, winner
Quartararo was presented with his new BMW M2 CS. In attendance at the
award ceremony was Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP rights holder Dorna
Sports. Markus Flasch, CEO of BMW M GmbH, abstained from travelling to
Portugal due to the current coronavirus situation, but followed the
final from Munich.

 

“First of all, I would like to thank Dorna for managing to organise
an exciting MotoGP season with 15 Grands Prix against all odds in this
difficult year globally. It wasn’t an easy task, but Dorna made it
possible,” said Flasch. “It meant we were able to appear as title
sponsor for the first time at the ‘BMW M Grand Prix of Styria’ at
Spielberg as part of our involvement as the ‘Official Car of MotoGP’.
We were also able to continue the BMW M Award tradition and present it
for the 18th time this year. Congratulations to Fabio
Quartararo, who more than deserves this prize with four pole positions
and a total of nine starting places on the front row. We selected the
BMW M2 CS for the winner’s car this year, our limited special edition,
with which we bring many components from racing onto the road. We hope
Fabio has a lot of fun with his new high-performance car!”

 

“Congratulations to Fabio Quartararo. He was really impressive in
qualifying this season and impressed all of us with his speed,” said
Ezpeleta during the award ceremony at Portimão. “I would like to thank
our long-standing, reliable partner BMW M GmbH, on whose support we
have always been able to rely, even in this year that has not been an
easy one. There was never any doubt that the BMW M Award for the
fastest qualifier would be presented this season as well; despite it
being a very different season to usual. This competition is highly
valued by our riders and with the winner’s car, BMW M GmbH raised the
bar once again. You can see that the BMW M2 CS was born on the
racetrack and I am sure it will get Fabio’s motorsport heart racing.”

 

“What a crazy, exciting season. I’m delighted to have won the race
for the BMW M Award,” said winner Quartararo. “It’s great that BMW M
GmbH has been acknowledging our performances in qualifying with this
special prize for so many years. Many thanks for this recognition. I’m
already really looking forward to taking my new BMW M2 CS for a spin.
It looks like a racing car for the road and is no doubt a lot of fun.
Huge thanks to BMW M GmbH!”

 

The BMW M2 CS is the first exclusive, limited special edition from
BMW M GmbH in the premium compact class. The high-performance car
contains numerous components developed for racing. The inline
6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo technology and 3.0 litre
capacity reaches 450 hp, with a maximum torque of 550 Nm. This
performance is brought to the road by the 7-speed M double-clutch
transmission (M DCT) and the Adaptive M suspension. The BMW M2 CS
accelerates from 0 to 100 km/ h in 4.0 seconds. The carbon bonnet
weighing 50 percent less and with a striking central air vent
increases downforce and improves engine cooling. The roof is
manufactured from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP). The sporty
look of the BMW M2 CS continues in the interior, with the lightweight
M Sports seats with bucket-style design and integrated headrests as
well as the M Sports steering wheel among other things. The
performance qualities of the BMW M2 CS make it the perfect foundation
for the BMW M2 CS Racing, which BMW M Motorsport added to its BMW M
Customer Racing range as a customer racing car this season.

 

The BMW M Award is an important pillar in BMW M GmbH’s commitment as
“Official Car of MotoGP”. The fastest qualifier in the MotoGP has been
awarded the prize of an exclusive high-performance car at the end of
every season since 2003. The riders pick up points for their positions
in qualifying at every Grand Prix weekend, in line with the scoring
system for races. The record winner of the BMW M Award is Marc
Márquez, who won the award seven times in a row. Valentino Rossi and
Casey Stoner have won the BMW M Award three times each. Jorge Lorenzo
has been awarded the best qualifier two times to date; Sete Gibernau
and Nicky Hayden have each won once. Quartararo is a new addition to
this list with his 2020 win.

 

 

For more information about BMW M GmbH and the involvement as the
“Official Car of MotoGP”, see: www.bmw-m.com

 

 

* All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power
consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional.

 

The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are
determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 2007/715 in the
version applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic
configuration in Germany. The range shown considers the different
sizes of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional
equipment, and may vary during configuration.

 

The values are based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability
between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for
vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on
CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from
the values stated here (depending on national legislation).

 

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific
CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in
the following guideline: ‘Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die
CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer
Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the fuel economy, CO2
emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which
can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche
Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760
Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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