BMW M Award 2022: Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia wins coveted prize as fastest MotoGP™ qualifier of the season.

The final qualifying session of the 2022 MotoGP™ season is over, which meant it was time for the traditional presentation of the BMW M Award at the final in Valencia, Spain on Saturday. This year, Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia won the coveted accolade for the fastest qualifier in MotoGP™ for the first time.

Valencia. The final qualifying session of the 2022 MotoGP™ season is
over, which meant it was time for the traditional presentation of the
BMW M Award at the final in Valencia, Spain on Saturday. This year,
Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia won the coveted accolade for the fastest
qualifier in MotoGP™ for the first time. His exclusive prize: the
first BMW M3 Competition Touring with xDrive (combined fuel
consumption: 10.4 – 10.1 l/100 km in accordance with WLTP; combined
CO2 emissions: 235 – 229 g/km in accordance with WLTP)*. The BMW M
Award is an important pillar in the close partnership between BMW M
GmbH and MotoGP™ rights holder Dorna Sports, in existence since 1999,
and was awarded for the 20th time this year. Franciscus van Meel, CEO
of BMW M GmbH, and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, presented
the prize to winner Bagnaia in Valencia.

Ducati rider Bagnaia took pole position five times this season. With
his qualifying results, he picked up a total of 293 points for the BMW
M Award classification. This gives him a lead of 11 points over his
closest rival Jorge Martin after 20 events.

In addition to the winner, there was another BMW M Award first in
Valencia: After the award ceremony for Bagnaia, van Meel and Ezpeleta
unveiled the winner’s car for the 2023 season. Previously this has
always been presented in the spring of the respective classification
year. Another real highlight awaits the fastest qualifier of 2023: the
all-new BMW M2 (combined fuel consumption in accordance with WLTP: 9.8
– 9.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions in accordance with
WLTP: 222 – 218 g/km; information in accordance with NEFZ: –)*, which
made its world debut in mid-October. The unveiling in Valencia was
also the new vehicle’s Spanish debut.

“The award for the best qualifier at the final has become a firm
tradition for us, and I am delighted to be able to hand over the
winner’s car for the BMW M Award to Pecco Bagnaia for the first time,”
said BMW M CEO van Meel during the award ceremony. “Many
congratulations on his superb performances in qualifying this season.
I am sure that he will have a lot of fun with our first BMW M3
Touring, which is about to be launched soon. We are proud to have
presented the BMW M Award for the 20th time. It is fantastic that this
accolade is still as appealing to riders as it was two decades ago.
Which is why I am pleased that we are able to look ahead to the next
MotoGP season and the BMW M Award 2023 here in Valencia. The new BMW
M2 is our latest M high-performance automobile, which made its world
debut very recently – making it the perfect winner’s car for next year.”

“Congratulations to Pecco Bagnaia – it was thrilling to watch how he
performed in qualifying,” said Dorna CEO Ezpeleta. “Pecco is the
winner in a special milestone year: Our partner BMW M is celebrating
its 50th anniversary, and the BMW M Award was presented for the 20th
time. The first BMW M3 Touring as the winner’s car is a fantastic way
to honour the performances of our riders. I’m also delighted to be
able to join Franciscus van Meel in looking ahead to next season. The
new BMW M2 for the BMW M Award 2023 is a seamless continuation of the
line-up of awesome winner’s cars that BMW M has been wowing us with
for 20 years.”

“I’m so happy to have won the BMW M Award,” said winner Bagnaia. “It
has been my goal since I started riding in the MotoGP, and I finally
achieved it this year! Huge thanks to BMW M, this appreciation for us
as riders really is fantastic. I can’t wait to get in my winner’s car.
And now that I have seen the prize that is up for grabs next year, all
I can say is that I will be doing my best to defend my BMW M Award victory.”

50 Years of BMW M: Various activities in Valencia.

There will be various other activities at the season finale in
Valencia to mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M. On Sunday afternoon,
spectators at the track will go on a journey into the past of the
‘Official Car of MotoGP™’. In a ‘Legends Parade’, all the safety cars
that have been responsible for ensuring safety in the top tier of
motorcycle racing since 1999 will take to the track together. The 15
vehicles in all that will be taking part in the ‘Legends Parade’
include the safety cars BMW Z8, BMW 645 Ci, BMW Z4, BMW M4
Competition, BMW M8 Competition and BMW M8 Gran Coupé, as well as the
current safety car fleet around the BMW M3 Touring MotoGP™ Safety Car.

A further highlight awaits visitors to the presentation area in front
of the BMW M motorhome in the paddock: The new BMW XM (combined
weighted fuel consumption in l/100 km: – (NEFZ) / 1.6-1.51
(WLTP); combined weighted CO2 emissions in g/km: – (NEFZ) / 36-33
(WLTP); combined weighted energy consumption in kWh/100 km: – (NEFZ)
/ 30.1-28.9 (WLTP); electric range (WLTP) in km: 82-88.**) will be on
display. The first BMW M hybrid combines the high performance of a BMW
M with the latest generation of powerful plug-in hybrid technology,
and embodies the expressive lifestyle like no other car.

As part of the FIM MiniGP™ World Series finals in Valencia, the
all-electric E-Mini safety car, which has been acting as the pace car
in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, will make its debut in
motorcycle racing.

For more information about BMW M GmbH and the involvement as the
‘Official Car of MotoGP™’, see: www.bmw-m.com