Fast Qualifying in Moto GP Qualifying pays off for Marc Márquez
For the fourth year running Moto GP ace, Marc Márquez has won the BMW M Award as the fastest qualifier across the 2016 Moto GP season, bagging himself a brand new, Long Beach Blue Metallic BMW M2 in the process.
BMW’s M Division has been a long-term partner of Motor GP organiser, Dorna Sports and has been running the fastest qualifier award since 2003. Like the main championship, riders are awarded points for qualifying results at each race weekend. Whoever has the accumulated the most points in this ‘championship within a championship’ is presented with a specially prepared BMW M Car.
Márquez’s brand new M2 joins the three cars he has previously won; a BMW M6 coupe in 2013, BMW M4 in 2014 and an M6 convertible last year. “I am very proud to have won the BMW M Award again this year,” said Márquez at the presentation in Valencia. “This award is very coveted among us MotoGP riders, and this success is particularly important for me. I think I have to really think about expanding my garage at home. I am already really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the BMW M2 Coupé.”
A further five riders have won the BMW M Award since it was launched. Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner have won the award three times, Jorge Lorenzo has won the BMW M Award twice so far, and Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden have both won it once. By taking his fourth victory, Marc Márquez becomes the rider to have claimed most victories in this hard-fought competition.