BMW Motorrad is back on track in May 2005 and is looking for talented riders to participate in the start of a brand new racing series - the BMW Motorrad Power-Cup - featuring its powerful new 163 bhp K1200 R naked roadster.
For many years, the international BoxerCup series provided bike sport fans with thrilling race action thanks to BMW's legendary boxer twins taking centre stage at MotoGP events around Europe. Last year's final season established Austrian racer, Thomas Hinterreiter, and 'YoungStar' British rider, Richard Cooper, as the two big winners in the series' curtain call.
For 2005, the Power-Cup is destined to carry on where the BoxerCup left off - WWP are back as the official organisers and ex-GP star Randy Mamola continues as the series' ambassador. One thing that will undoubtedly change however is BMW's race bike. With more than 160bhp in stock trim, lashings of carbon fibre and a special Laser end can, the new race-prepped K1200 R machine looks, sounds and performs like no other BMW.
Seven rounds at MotoGP events are planned for the 2005 Power-Cup series starting in Le Mans on 15 May. Further circuits and dates selected are: Mugello (4 June), Assen (25 June), Donington (24 July), Sachsenring (30 July), Brno (28 August), and Valencia (6 November). BMW Motorrad GB has already reserved four places on the grid and is looking to generate interest and stimulate enquiries from teams, riders and sponsors who will be able to finance or part-finance a ride in this exciting new series.
BMW Motorrad GB's Marketing Manager, Tony Jakeman, said: "The BoxerCup was a hugely popular and entertaining one-make series that enabled talented riders to gain professional recognition. The Power-Cup's unique support of the MotoGP programme not only allows up and coming racers to showcase their talent on the world stage, it also gives them a high-profile opportunity to learn circuits that they might just be returning to for the rest of their racing career if successful.
"Compared with many forms of racing, participating in the 2005 Power-Cup is great value for money, as we have been working with the international organisers to reduce the expense for UK riders. The complete race bike costs just 18,000 euros and the majority of a rider's entry fees will be covered by BMW Motorrad GB - this is why we are looking for maximum outside sponsorship to help teams cover the costs of bike preparation, tyres, transportation, equipment and accommodation. Race paddock hospitality is included in the entry fees, as is an extremely generous prize structure, including a special award for young riders keen to establish themselves on the international stage."
To-date, confirmed sponsors of the series include, Castrol, Metzeler, Minolta, CFP-Driesch, Laser and Rimor. The Power-Cup has everything to race for with a full grid of 36 riders competing for series' prizes of a BMW 630i coupe; a BMW X3 car and a BMW motorcycle, not to mention 1,250 euros for each race win and prize money down to 15th place. The winner of the 'YoungStar' integral championship will even drive away in a BMW 1 Series car.