A word from Frank van Meel, President of BMW M Division, on the partnership between BMW M and MotoGP.
Dear Motorsports Fans,
Millions of motorsport enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to the start of the 2016 MotoGP season. The best riders in the world and breath-taking race action – MotoGP is undoubtedly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing.
We are proud to have been a part of this captivating world championship for almost two decades. Since 1999 we have been a partner of MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports, and 2016 marks the 18th season of BMW M as “Official Car of MotoGP”. We are pleased with the deep trust that Dorna Sports has placed in us. BMW M Division uses technology taken from motorsport, together with innovative ideas, to ensure that race events run safely. In us, Dorna Sports knows that it has a strong partner on its side, for whom the safety of the riders on their high-performance racing prototypes has the utmost priority.
We dedicate all of our know-how to this role. The BMW M MotoGP Safety Cars are innovative high-performance models with thoroughbred racing genes. In the 2016 season, we are presenting another genuine highlight. The new BMW M2 Coupe enjoyed its much-anticipated world debut in Detroit in January. In the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car, we are now taking the pure power and dynamics of this high-performance automobile to the racetrack. Like its predecessors, the BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car uses technological innovation, performance, precision and agility to help guarantee safety.
The BMW M2 follows on from the concept and success story of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe. It represents the entry-level model in the BMW M range. The new BMW M2 Coupe will make BMW M accessible to new and younger target groups.
Dynamics, agility, precision – these are the stand-out attributes of our entire range of models and products, and have made M the “most powerful letter in the world”. MotoGP offers us the opportunity to present the strengths of BMW M to an international public of racing enthusiasts around the world.
We use this platform with an extensive involvement, which goes way beyond simply providing the latest BMW M models for the official fleet of MotoGP vehicles. Since 2003, the BMW M Award has been a highlight of every MotoGP season and is a coveted award among the best motorcycle racers in the world. Our many other activities include the BMW M MotoGP Experience, with which we are able to offer our visitors a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, and to convey the fascination of MotoGP at first hand.
In this Media Guide, we present our new BMW M2 MotoGP Safety Car in detail and offer you an overview of our Safety Car fleet, our MotoGP commitment, and the history and extensive product range of BMW M Division. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. I hope you have an exciting 2016 season!
Frank van Meel,
President of BMW M Division