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Season-long BMW M Award undergoes format change for 2008

Season-long BMW M Award undergoes format change for 2008

The first qualifying session of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship takes place today in Qatar, and for the sixth successive year the first head-to-head battle for pole position brings with it the opening round of the BMW M Award.

The first qualifying session of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship takes place today in Qatar, and for the sixth successive year the first head-to-head battle for pole position brings with it the opening round of the BMW M Award.

The format for the season-long contest, which has previously been won by the likes of Valentino Rossi, Sete Gibernau, Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner, undergoes a slight change this year. Whereas before the brand new BMW sports car prize was decided by combining fastest qualifying times from every MotoGP round of the season -plus the Official Test ‘one-off' session- in 2008 the BMW M Award moves to a points based system.

Now entirely separate from the 40 minute Official Test session, won by 2007 World Champion Stoner this year, the BMW M Award follows the standard points system used by the MotoGP World Championship for race positions (25 points for pole position, 20 for second etc). This change, coupled with the decision to run the contest only in qualifying sessions, means that riders who miss a round for any reason will still be in the running for a new BMW M3 Cabrio.

Had the current format been introduced last season, Stoner would have still been declared the winner last year's overall prize. The Australian lined up on the front row an incredible twelve times in 2007, including five pole positions.

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