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Delighted Stoner picks up BMW 135i keys

Delighted Stoner picks up BMW 135i keys

Having added yet another BMW to his collection on Sunday, former World Champion Casey Stoner gave his reaction to winning the BMW M Award in Jerez.

Beating down his rivals in a dominant fashion on Sunday afternoon in the BMW M Award during the MotoGP Official Test, Casey Stoner sent out a message to the rest of the premier class grid with his stunning 1’38.646s lap, having also lapped fastest in the morning free practice session.

After the 45-minute shootout at Jerez a delighted Stoner picked up the keys to a brand new 135i ‘BMW Sauber F1 Team Edition’ from Thomas Schemera, the BMW M Commercial & Marketing Director and Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO.

Stoner’s southern Spanish success story added to his perfect preseason record to date, the Australian having also been the fastest rider in the post-Christmas tests in Malaysia and Qatar, as he bids to recapture the MotoGP title and overcome a wrist injury that required surgery last year.

His Ducati crew were overjoyed at putting the first gauntlet down to their rivals ahead of the 2009 season, all flocking to the have a team photo with the BMW 135i.

Stoner later said, “Last year I gave the BMW I won here to my in-laws, but this year I don’t yet know what I’m going to do with this one. I have an M3 that I won last year for the BMW Best Qualifier Award and I really like that, so I’ll find a place for this one here!”

He added, “I really don’t know how I did it! Especially on this track, I mean I have not been on the podium or got a front row start here so it has been something of a bogey circuit for me and the Ducati bike. The last two years have been difficult but today we found a good setting in the morning before we came out for this session. I didn’t expect much, because I guessed everyone else would really up the ante and they did, they got their lap times down, but I never thought I would be able to put in the time that I did when I needed to pull it out.”

BMW will once more be providing another car for the 2009 BMW Best Qualifier Award for the fastest rider throughout every qualifying session this season. Stoner has driven away with a brand new M3 Coupe and Cabrio in recent years, but can he make it a set of three with a M3 Sedan at the end of this season?

The opening race of the year will see the BMW Safety Car fleet on the grid in Qatar on 12th April, with an all new BMW X6 M at the helm, with M6, M5 Touring, M3 Sedan, X5 4.8i and 330i Touring cars all part of the fleet that will be fully launched when MotoGP returns to Jerez for round three on the 1st-3rd May weekend.

MotoGP, 2009, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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