BMW Boxer Cup
of BMW AG
Announces End of Boxer Cup! Say it isn't so...!
BMW Boxer Cup race series to be re-broadcast on Speed Channel in
the U.S.A. | wBW
BMW Motorcycle Page
August 17, 2004 - BMW Motorcycles announced
today that 2004 will be the last season "for the time being" for
the successful Brand Cup with the BMW R 1100 S. Since 1999
the exciting races with the large capacity flat twin boxers on
the basis of the R 1100 S have been thrilling the fans of the
white and blue brand. The bikes even went to Daytona where
the BoxerCup was held as part of the fringe program of the 200
miles of Daytona. Two very popular replica models for road
use based on the race bike have also been available since 2003
in a limited edition.
"It was clear right from the start that a
brand cup would only attract widespread attention over a limited
period of time", is how BMW Motorsports director, Berthold
Hauser explains the termination of the racing series at the end
of this season. "We have achieved all our objectives.
We have shown how fast the Boxer can go on the racetrack and
have proved the sports-oriented side of our brand to a wide
public. The throaty sound of the flat twins and the
thrilling duels and battles for position are what got the fans
really excited", Hauser continues.
Every season it was never clear right until
the last race of the season who was going to take overall
victory. In the current season, however, it will be hard
to snatch victory from Thomas Hinterreiter but the battle for
positions two and three is still raging between Markus Barth and
Stephane Mertens. So once again it will be exciting right
until the last race on 30th October in Valencia as part of the
Thus the BoxerCup will end in its 4th
international year (in 1999 and 2000 it was carried out as a
national event in Belgium and France). As part of the
MotoGP tour, up to 100,000 spectators followed the races which
offered nail biting and hair rising excitement.
Currently it is completely open how BMW
Motorrad will continue its motor sports commitment. "At the
moment there are a lot of interesting ideas but there is no rush
and above all there is no need for making decisions", comments
motor sports director Hauser.
Maybe when we see an R1200S? How about it,
BMW MOTORCYCLE BOXER CUP RETURNS TO
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Lake, New Jersey, January 20, 2004... A field of 39 riders
representing 25 racing teams from 10 nations throughout the world
will take to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway,
Saturday, March 6 for the much-anticipated return of the BMW
Motorrad Boxer Cup.
The race, to be held at 11:30
am-prior to the 63rd running of the Daytona 200 by Arai-will be
the opening round of the 2004 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup race series
and will feature 30 full-season race teams from Europe battling
for the series championship. Included in the field in Daytona will
be 7 BMW Motorrad USA dealer-sponsored teams all riding
near-production spec BMW R 1100 S motorcycles.
Hosted by the American Motorcycle
Association Pro Racing , the Daytona running of the BMW Motorrad
BoxerCup race will conclude a week-long series of special events
presented by BMW Motorrad USA during the 67th annual Bike Week in
Daytona Beach, FL. The Daytona matchup will be the first of eight
races in the 2004 BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup series, and will be
broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
"If it's anything like last
year's debut, we'll have the crowd on the edge of their
seats," commented BMW Motorrad USA Brand and Event Marketing
Manager Laurence Kuykendall. Last year's inaugural U.S. BoxerCup
race was won by Italian racer Roberto Panichi in a side-by-side
photo finish over Team USA rider Brian Parriott.
Competing for the 2004 BMW Motorrad
BoxerCup series championship are former World Endurance Champion
and 2002 BoxerCup Champion Stephane Mertens of Belgium, former
World Supersport competitor and 2003 Daytona BoxerCup champion
Roberto Panichi, 2003 Macau GP 4th place finisher Markus Barth and
young up-and-coming Brit Richard Cooper.
Riders representing BMW Motorrad
USA dealer teams., include Tripp Nobles for Foothills BMW of
Lakewood, CO; Sylvester Lemanski for Westchester BMW Motorcycles
of White Plains, NY; Nate Kern for DeSimone Racing and BMW
Motorcycles of Cherry Hill, NJ; Ricky Orlando and Jon Siminsky for
Team Colorado (BMW Motorcycles of Northern Colorado); Frank
Shockley for Touring Sport BMW of Greenville, South Carolina, and
John Glaefke of BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta.
Also returning to
competition in 2004 is BMW Motorrad design engineer Norbert
Rebholz., who will ride for the German DAS Boxer Team. Former
champion and racing legend, Randy Mamola will, once again,
function as official ambassador and spokesperson for the BMW
Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 race series.
For the BMW BoxerCup enthusiast,
BMW Motorcycles offers a special version of the R 1100 S for the
American public. The 2005 R 1100 S BoxerCup Replika ($14,485 MSRP)
is equipped with unique trim and equipment to celebrate the BMW
Motorrad BoxerCup race series. A special graphics package, which
mimics the BoxerCup racebike as ridden by Randy Mamola, will grace
the new Pacific Blue, Red and Alpine White paint scheme. Clear
turn signal lenses replace the amber turn signal lenses found in
the R 1100 S.
Additionally, a pair of
carbon-fiber cylinder head covers and a lower engine spoiler
distinguishes this S as one of only 300 units that will be
produced for the U.S. market. If a personalized version of the R
1100 S is more to your liking, BMW Motorrad USA now offers you the
ability to factory-customize your bike based on your desired level
of performance. Base price for the R 1100 S is $12,485, including
freight. Available options include Partial Integral ABS Brakes,
5.5" wide rear wheel, Sport Suspension, Sport Transmission,
heated hand grips and saddle bag mounts just to name a few. Please
contact your local BMW Motorcycle retailer for a complete list and
pricing of available options.
The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup series
offers over $85,000 in prize money as well as a BMW M3, BMW Z4 and
BMW motorcycle to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place series finishers. The
2004 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup is the only support race series for the
MotoGP World Championship Series and has seen spectator attendence
grow to over 100,000 fans for select events. Originally, the BMW
Motorrad BoxerCup series was conducted on a national level in
France and Belgium. When it was expanded to an international scale
throughout Europe in 2001, it began to attract participants with
extremely high levels of riding skills from all corners of the