There will be no BMW Motorrad Race Trophy competition in 2020. The Race Trophy has been a key pillar in the brand’s motorsports portfolio since 2014.
The competition permits any privateer BMW rider racing in a BMW classified series race to compete for the Trophy. The BMW “series” uses a complex rating system that awards points towards based upon a racer’s results in their respective championships. The rider with the most points at the end of the season becomes the champion.
In 2020, the Trophy series has 25 race classes in 21 international and national championships. Unfortunately, most of these series races are either already postponed or canceled, with more changes expected. With so many races still up in the air, BMW is deciding to pull the plug on this year’s Trophy.
BMW Motorrad statement
BMW Motorsport Director Marc Bongers had this to say about the cancellation:
“The collaboration with our privateer BMW riders and teams in the international and national championships is extremely important to us. The Race Trophy brings the entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport family from around the world together, and this community is really important to us. With the Race Trophy, we honour the successes that our privateer racers celebrate around the world. However, the corona crisis is currently having a huge impact on racing globally. In many series in which the BMW privateer riders are involved, races have already been postponed or cancelled.
At this time it is impossible to predict when the racing season will be able to start in the countries affected, how many races will actually be able to be held and what the calendars will end up looking like. A fair distribution of points, and thereby equal opportunities, wouldn’t be possible for the overall ranking in this situation. Which is why we have decided that there will not be an overall ranking this season. We believe that the international BMW Race Trophy family will understand why we have taken this step, and still remain connected with our many privateer riders around the world as a community.”
While the Trophy will not run this year, BMW remains committed to its racers. BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineers will still provide technical support for its international racing customers.