BMW M celebrates 20 years as Official Car of MotoGP™

New BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car heads the 2018 fleet, with a total of six BMW M high-performance cars taking care of safety

A special MotoGP™ season is underway for BMW M; the 20th season as “Official Car of MotoGP”. BMW and BMW M GmbH have been involved as partners of MotoGP™ organiser Dorna Sports since 1999, with activities focused on providing the safety car fleet.

In the 2018 anniversary season, the fleet will be headed by the new BMW M5 MotoGP™ Safety Car. BMW M GmbH will provide a total of six BMW M high-performance cars this year to ensure the safety of the race events, with the BMW M3 Safety Car also in action, as well as a BMW M4 Coupé Safety Car with water injection and a BMW M2 Safety Car, provided for the Safety Officer and the Race Director respectively. In addition, the BMW X5 M Medical Car will take to the track this season and a BMW M6 Gran Coupé Safety Car also stands by ready for action. Two BMW S 1000 RRs, which BMW Motorrad provides as safety bikes, complete the 2018 fleet.

In addition, among the many other activities that make up BMW M GmbH’s commitment to MotoGP™, the BMW M Award will be presented for the 16th time in 2018. This award is presented at the end of each MotoGP™ season to the rider with the best overall result in qualifying.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dorna Sports for the faith they have shown in us for what is now two decades. Rarely do you come across such a long and successful partnership in sport, and we are proud of this special anniversary,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “When we partnered with MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports in 1999, our aspiration was to use all our expertise, innovative technology from motorsport and new ideas to serve safety in MotoGP. That remains the case today. 20 years down the road, Dorna Sports still has a strong partner on board in BMW M GmbH, for whom the safety of the riders takes top priority.”

"It's an honour for us to have had such a longstanding relationship with a partner such as BMW," adds Pau Serracanta, Managing Director - Dorna Sports. "They make an incredible contribution to the Championship and the safety of the riders and everyone involved, and the anniversary season is testament to the importance of this relationship. We're excited to continue together into this season and for many more to come."

The incredible 2018 season continues next time out at Mugello as MotoGP™ races under Tuscan skies.