The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy is back for 2020, and once again, Canadians will be in play for the win.
What’s the Race Trophy about? BMW’s motorcycle division runs an international competition to reward privateer racers using their bikes—win races aboard a BMW, and you earn points towards the Trophy. The Trophy is determined by points from international events – like the road circuits of the U.K., Ireland, and Macau and pan-European series – and the national and local races, like the Canadian Superbike championship. BMW pro-rates the points from these series (a win in the German superbike league might be worth more, or less, than a similar series in Brazil). Then, the racers with the most points earned in a single series wins (you can’t combine World Superbike and British Superbike totals, for instance).
Given BMW’s dominance in Canadian Superbike racing for the past decade, you’d guess Canucks have a strong history at the Race Trophy, and you’d be right. While Jordan Szoke was riding a Beemer, he had several strong finishes in the competition, winning it in 2016 (and earning some nice cash as part of that process). Last year, Ben Young won the CSBK Pro Superbike series on a BMW, but didn’t manage to take the Race Trophy win, although he placed fairly well.
Young is back aboard BMW this season, though, and with a new bike, perhaps he’ll fare a tad better in the Race Trophy series as well, earning a trip to Europe and some of that sweet, sweet prize money? Back in 2016, Szoke took home 30,000 Euros for his win, and although the prize pot has no doubt gotten smaller over the years, it’s still always nice to have some extra money.
Twenty-five different series in 21 countries are represented this season. Registration is open now, and closes June 30. Find more details at the BMW website.