For the last three years, BMW’s motorcycle division has run an international competition to reward racers using their bikes. The Motorrad series ranges from international – like the road circuits of the U.K., Ireland, and Macau and pan-European series – to the national and local, like the Canadian Superbike championship.
This season, the 127 riders in contention included Jordan Szoke, 11-time Canadian Superbike champion. Szoke was runner-up in 2015, but this year topped the ladder, earning a free trip to Germany and a healthy cheque after his third perfect season in CSBK, winning every race. He also took all pole positions and several fastest laps.
He receives a cheque for 20,000 Euros (just shy of $29,000 Cdn), plus another 10,000 Euros for the team championship (he runs his own team). In his successful 2016 season, the 37-year old CSBK champion picked up a total of 450 Race Trophy points, including the bonus points riders received for title wins, pole positions and so on. Points are awarded in a complex calculation to even out results from different numbers of races in different series.
“To be the winner of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy really means a lot to me,” said Szoke. “Last year I stood here on the stage as runner-up, and it is just a fantastic feeling to now have secured the first place. It makes me very proud to successfully represent Canada in this unique worldwide competition.”