Bmw chose the Estoril weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 'M' division: the famous department responsible for the company's high-performance vehicles. Scott Redding's M 1000 RR raced Race 1 on Saturday in a new look. Instead of the classic white-red-blue that identifies the flagship models of the manufacturer of the propeller, the fairings were painted in two tones: black on the lower part and the special Sao Paulo Yellow on the upper part.
Bmw recently unveiled this new colour scheme on the new M3 and M4 models and it is a very distinctive sort of yellow-green. The livery accompanied the British rider to an eighth place that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth given the excellent fourth place he took in Superpole, behind only the three main antagonists in the championship. Unfortunately Redding was the only rider from the Bavarian team due to the nasty crash that cost team-mate Michael Van de Mark his femur.
The suit used in the race also had a precise pattern: an all-black base with the large anniversary version of the propeller logo on the chest. From the bike used in the race, BMW obtained a replica with the same colouring as well as specific equipment. The road version is fitted with the M Competition Pack with various carbon parts, M Endurance chain, Akrapovic titanium exhaust, anodised aluminium swingarm and numerous other details.
The presentation ceremony was held simultaneously on Friday in both the classic setting of Villa D'Este and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team's Hospitality. In addition to the sporting director of the Superbike programme Marc Bongers, also present were the riders of the satellite Bonovo action BMW Racing Team: Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty.
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