March 24, 2005 BMW Motorrad hasn't wasted any time in getting its performance-oriented K1200R at the forefront of motorcycle competition, and is replacing the popular BMW BoxerCup that is run in conjunction with each European MotoGP round with a series based on K1200R racers. Powering the new one-make championship is a race honed version of the K 1200 R with some added carbon fibre aerodynamic enahncements and an even warmer version of the bike producing 175 bhp (129 kW).
In race trim the K 1200 R tips the scales at 230 kg thanks to the carbon fibre engine undertray, the high-grade lightweight material also adorns the lamp surround, hand protectors, intake panels, rear pillion seat cover and the lightweight LASER racing exhaust system which boosts performance and delivers a sporting exhaust note in keeping with its surroundings.
The semi-automatic racing gearbox is an innovation for the K 1200 R. Other race-bred changes to the machine include an adjustable footrest system, Metzeler Racetec racing tyres, while a lap timer and gear shift indicator feature on the instrument panel.
The new BMW Power-Cup aims to give up-and-coming riders a chance to perform in front of a large and influential audience. Experienced competitors, such as last year's BoxerCup champion, Thomas Hinterreiter, will show off their skills, not to mention teaching the racers of tomorrow a few tricks.
A full field of 36 riders will contest the seven rounds. The ultimate prize is a BMW 6 Series Coupé. Runners up also score substantial prizes: a BMW X3 4WD for second place in the series and a BMW motorcycle for third.
As before, BMW's focus on nurturing young talent making its international debut is embodied in the 'YoungStar' award, the winner of which will drive away in a BMW 1 Series.
Once again, Randy Mamola acts as the BMW ambassador for the series.
After a season debut race at Le Mans on May 15, the series follows the MotoGP circus to Mugello (June 4), Assen (June 25), Donnington (July 24), Sachsenring (July 30), Brno (August 28), with the final round and championship presentations at Valencia on November 6.