The 2015 BMW M Award goes to Marc Marquez. The Spaniard was again the fastest qualifier in this MotoGP season and secured the coveted prize for the third time in a row. The BMW M Award has been presented by MotoGP partner BMW M Division annually since 2003. At the end of each season, the winner is rewarded with an exclusive, individually designed BMW M car. The 2015 prize for the fastest qualifier is the new BMW M6 Convertible in a customized special edition.
This year’s winner’s car is a high-performance car typical of BMW M. The BMW M6 Convertible is powered by a 560-horsepower M TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol engine (combined fuel consumption: 10.3 liters per 100 kilometers; combined CO2 emissions: 239 grams per kilometer). The BMW M6 Convertible accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in an impressive 4.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of (regulated) 250 kph. Technology characteristics of BMW M, such as the double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Dynamic Damper Control and Active M Differential, guarantee sporty and perfect handling in any situation. The new BMW M6 Convertible for this year’s BMW M Award winner is also visually stunning. Highlights include the exclusive BMW Individual paint finish “Frozen Blue Metallic”, 20-inch M light alloy wheels double-spoke 343 M with mixed tires, BMW Individual full fine-grain Merino leather in “Opal White”, as well as BMW Individual Piano finish Black interior trims. In addition, this year’s winner’s car features numerous BMW M Performance Parts.
Winning the BMW M Award for the third time, Marquez drew level with record holders Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. The Spaniard is also the first rider to receive the BMW M Award three times in a row. In 2013, Marquez was the first rookie to win this special classification. He was crowned fastest qualifier in his debut season in the elite class. He repeated this success in 2014, and 2015 saw him pick up the most BMW M Award points in the qualifying sessions once again. Marquez started from pole position a total of eight times this season, and with 365 points he claimed the BMW M Award with a clear lead once again. The official presentation ceremony took place on Saturday at the final round of the MotoGP in Valencia, Spain. The BMW M6 Convertible was handed over to Marquez by Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive officer of Dorna Sports, and Frank van Meel, president BMW M Division.
“I am really happy to have won the BMW M Award for third time in a row,” said Marquez at the prize-giving ceremony in Valencia. “For us riders, this award is always something special. The BMW M6 is a great car and I like the acceleration and the handling. The fact that it is the BMW M6 Convertible makes this prize even more special. It is the first time that I won a convertible car and for me living in Spain, this is just perfect. I can’t wait to get in the car and drive it!”