I år är det dags för andra säsongen för BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, och det innebär nytt poängsystem, fler racing-serier och extra prispengar.
BMW Motorrad Race Trophy går in på sin andra säsong - och blir nu ännu mer attraktiv, tack vare nya regler. Tävlingen, den enda i sitt slag i världen, för privata BMW-förare, lanserades 2014.
Genom detta projekt erbjuder BMW Motorrad Motorsport motorcyklister runt om i världen möjlighet att tävla om titeln att vinna titeln i BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, trots att de tävlar i helt olika mästerskap. Under tävlingens första säsong, 2014, ställde 69 privatförare upp i BMW Race Trophy, och deltog i totalt 206 tävlingar, fördelat på 19 länder på sex kontinenter. Segern i 2014 års BMW Motorrad Race Trophy gick till Markus Reiterberger i Tyskland, som belönades med äran och en prischeck på 20.000 euro.
Inför 2015 års säsong har reglerna för BMW Motorrad Race Trophy reviderats. Bland de viktigaste förändringarna är ett nytt poängsystem. Bland annat, gör detta det möjligt att anpassa systemet till förändringar i enskilda racekalendrar. Ytterligare mästerskap har också tagits med i förteckningen över godkända racingserier, och mer prispengar kommer att fördelas i slutet av säsongen - inte bara till förarna, utan också till framgångsrika privatförar-BMW-team.
Här kan du läsa mer om 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy i detalj (på engelska):
Scoring period for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
The scoring period for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy runs from 17th November 2014 to 22nd November 2015. All results achieved by participants in their respective championships during this time are included in the calculations for the overall standings. The early start to the scoring period on 17th November 2014 takes into account the fact that, in 2014, two series were still staging races after the scoring period for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy had come to an end (Brazilian Superbike Championship and South African Motorcycle Championship). The results achieved by participants in these races, held at the end of November/start of December 2014, will be incorporated in the 2015 Race Trophy standings.
The new points system.
The new points system ensures that any changes to a calendar can be reacted to immediately, and that the overall standings can be recalculated accordingly. As a basis for the calculation, the organisers have defined a maximum score, which can be achieved by any participant during the scoring period within the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. For any calculation, the minimum number of races per season is eight. The only exception is the FIM Endurance World Championship (see below).
This maximum score is 500.00 points, divided into race points and bonus points. Each rider can score up to 400.00 race points during the scoring period, regardless of the number of races in their respective championship. On top of this, a further 100.00 bonus points can be scored for pole positions (maximum 30.00), championship title wins (40.00) and the application of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport sticker on their bike (30.00). The bonus points are added to the race points at the end of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy season.
In addition, ‘throw out results’ have also been introduced this year. The races, in which a participant achieves his poorest results, are scratched and not included in the overall standings. The number of ‘throw out races’ varies depending on the championship and is defined for each individual series by BMW Motorrad – also depending on how many races a series holds over the course of the season. For example, if a championship consists of 16 races and features two ‘throw out races’, only the 14 races in which a rider achieved his best results are included in the overall standings as ‘rated races’.
To calculate the points for an individual race, the maximum 400.00 points achievable over the course of the season is divided by the number of rated races. Depending on their position in a race, the competitors are awarded a certain percentage of the points determined in this manner. 100% for first place, 80% for second, 64% for third, and so on. If a rider finishes outside the top 15, but does complete the race, he still receives 4% of the score. The scoring in races held within the Endurance World Championship form an exception to this rule: here, the number of race points up for grabs in each race depends on the duration of the respective race.
Here are some examples of how the points are calculated for an individual race: rider A competes in a championship consisting of 18 races, two of which are ‘throw out races’. Therefore, the number of rated races is 16. Rider A finishes first in this race, which is to count towards the overall standings. He consequently receives 400.00: 16 = 25.00 points. Rider B starts in a series with nine rated races and finishes third in the race. The points on offer for a win were 400.00: 9 = 44.44. As the third-placed rider, he receives 64% of this amount, which gives him 28.44 points.
The bonus points for a pole position are also calculated according to this formula: the maximum 30.00 points achievable over the course of the season are divided by the number of scoring qualifying sessions. Here too there are throw out results, the number of which is defined for each individual championship. Therefore, all participants have the opportunity to score the same number of bonus points over the course of the season (30.00), regardless of whether they have 13 or the minimum of five qualifying sessions in their respective series. For example: rider C starts in a championship with ten rated qualifyings and secures pole position. He scores 30.00: 10 = 3.00 bonus points as a result. Should the field consist of fewer than 12 starters in a race or qualifying session, fewer points are awarded, depending on the number of starters.
Should there be a change to the calendar and number of races held during the scoring period in a series, the system reacts immediately by recalculating the points of all the participants affected, according to the revised number of rated races.
In 2015, the participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can once again compete in more than one championship. However, the points they score in the different championships are no longer added together, but are calculated separately for each individual series. Only the points from the race series, in which the participant has scored the greatest number of Race Trophy points at this point in time, are included in the overall standings. Example: rider D competes in the Brazilian Superbike Championship (BRSBK) and the French Superbike Championship (FSBK). On 10th July he scored 97.36 Race Trophy points in the BRSBK and 83.45 in the FSBK. In the overall standings he is ranked according to his current score of 97.36 points from the BRSBK. On 3rd August he has scored 101.17 Race Trophy points in the BRSBK and 103.65 in the FSBK. At this point, the 103.65 points scored in the FSBK count towards the Race Trophy standings.
In its inaugural season in 2014, the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy consisted of 15 championships. For the 2015 season, the number of race series, in which participants can score points towards the Race Trophy, has been increased. 19 championships, with a total of 30 different classes, are now incorporated in the overall standings. These include the new “BMW Combined Road Race Challenge”, in which the four major road-racing events are grouped together as one series: the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT, the Ulster Grand Prix and the Macau Grand Prix. (See full list below).
Bonus payments in addition to the prize money for the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
The 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy features a total prize purse of 100,000 Euros. This prize money is divided between the top 15 participants at the end of the 2015 season of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The winner receives a cheque for 20,000 Euros.
In addition to the prize money, new bonus payments for winning a title are introduced this year – both for privateer BMW Motorrad riders and for privateer BMW Motorrad teams. Every participant in the Race Trophy who wins the title in his respective championship receives 2,500 Euros in extra prize money, regardless of what position he finishes in the Race Trophy. The team, with which the participant won the championship, receives 7,500 Euros. This prize money is only awarded once to each team.
An overview of the race series in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy:
FIM Superbike World Championship
FIM Endurance World Championship
FIM Sidecar World Championship
FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
FIM CEV Superbike European Championship
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship *
British Superbike Championship
French Superbike Championship (Championnat de France Superbike)
French European Bike Championship
Superbike IDM, Int. German Championship
Campionato Italiano Velocità (Italian Superbike Championship)
MotoAmerica AMA Pro SuperBike Championship *
Moto 1000 GP (Campeonato Brasileiro de Motovelocidade)
Canadian Superbike Championship
MFJ Superbike, All Japan Road Race Championship
Malaysia Superbike Series *
Super GP Champions Trophy South African Motorcycle Road Racing Championship
AustralAsian Superbike Championship *
BMW Combined Road Race Championship *
* series included for the first time in 2015