BMW has extended its partnership with MotoGP organiser Dorna Sports to remain the official car of the leading motorcycle racing series until 2020. BMW’s original contract already has two years left to run.
BMW has provided the safety car fleet for MotoGP since 1999 and will consequently celebrate its 20th anniversary in the sport in 2019. This season, there are five BMW M and M Performance models in the fleet with the BMW M4 Coupe Safety Car spearheading the pack.
Discussing the contract extension, CEO of BMW M GmbH Dr. Friedrich Nitschke said, “We are delighted with this contract extension and are grateful to our partner Dorna Sports for the trust they have shown in us. Since 1999, it has been of great importance to us to help guarantee the safety of the world’s top motorcyclists through the use of our cars and the latest technology.
“At the same time, MotoGP is also the perfect platform, on which to further raise the global awareness of BMW M GmbH und our products. Extending the contract through to 2020 means that this partnership will now run for over two decades. A partnership of this length is a rarity, and we are proud of our close and successful cooperation with Dorna Sports,” Nitschke said.
CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta reiterated these statements saying, “BMW M GmbH has for a long time been a key partner for us, and we are happy to know that they will still be at our side for the coming years. When it comes to ensuring that our events run safely, we can rely totally on BMW M. The BMW M Award is a highlight of every year and is highly coveted among our riders. BMW M GmbH is an important member of the MotoGP community, and we are delighted that it will remain so until at least 2020.”