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Rossi wins BMW Award

Rossi wins BMW Award

Rossi wins BMW Award

Valentino Rossi wrapped up the BMW 2004 MotoGP Best Qualifier Award this afternoon after speeding to another front row start at Valencia. His cumulative time of 29 minutes, 24.225 seconds came from adding all of his season's qualifying times together, with the addition of the official MotoGP Winter Test session in March.

Rossi will be officially presented with a brand new BMW 645Ci worth €80,000 tomorrow evening at the end of season FIM Awards presentation in Valencia alongside his sixth world title trophy, but took a quick spin in it this afternoon with basketball legend Michael Jordan as his passenger.

Rossi was only 0.963 seconds ahead of arch-rival Sete Gibernau who also finished a close second in the MotoGP World Championship. The Italian also won the BMW Best Qualifier Award last year, collecting a brand new BMW Z4 when he finished 4.7 seconds ahead of Max Biaggi, and won a BMW Z4 2.2i worth €35,000 at the Official MotoGP winter test in March.

"It is fantastic - maybe I have to build another garage for my new car!" said Rossi. "My motivation for this season was very high to win with my new team, and I have come out as the winner."

BMW has supplied all of the safety cars for the MotoGP series throughout the 2004 season with 745, 645Ci and M3 CSL cars. This weekend has also seen the brand new M5 at the track with many MotoGP riders having the chance to lap in the V10, 507 hp car.


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