British Superbike: New BMW F 900 R Cup announced – Roadracing World Magazine

BMW Motorrad UK launches new F 900 R Cup series

• New one-make series to support the British Superbike Championship from 2023

• Nationally profitable class, ready to offer highly competitive racing

• Up to 40 riders will compete on identical F 900 R motorcycles prepared for the track

• Race package includes the F 900 R with K-Tech fork internals, K-Tech rear shock, Arrow exhaust and race bodywork

• Cyclists can buy bikes directly through the BMW Motorrad dealer

BMW Motorrad has confirmed that its new F 900 R Cup will race alongside the British Superbike Championship from 2023, providing a highly competitive and profitable class for riders at national level.

Designed to be accessible to budding riders and experienced riders alike, the BMW F 900 R Cup will see up to 40 identical machines raced in eight rounds across the British Superbike calendar. Taking place at iconic British circuits, the class will include multiple practice and qualifying sessions, with points accumulated over two races each round.

Producing 105bhp as standard, the dynamic BMW F 900 R roadster is available to buy from any BMW Motorrad UK retailer, and each will be offered with a standardized set of race-focused upgrades, including components K-Tech fork internals, K-Tech rear shock, Arrow exhaust, rearsets, quickshifter and racing bodywork.

Pirelli has been the sole tire supplier for the British Superbike series since 2008 and will support the BMW F 900 R Cup. Racers will be limited to two sets of tires during a race weekend, using the latest generation Diablo Supercorsa SC and Diablo Rain tires, depending on conditions.

Teams will have the option of purchasing a bike and having the race kit fitted by their preferred BMW Motorrad dealer, authorized partner Fortis Racing or their own support team. Fortis Racing will continue to be present at every round, providing on-site race support and spare parts for all drivers.

The BMW F 900 R Cup is intended to offer riders the opportunity to race at national level, while remaining profitable, as Scott Grimsdall, BMW Motorrad UK Marketing and Public Relations Manager explains: “We wanted to offer riders the ability to race nationally with greater visibility, in a one-make series where rider talent rather than budget dictates your competitiveness.The F 900 R provides the perfect platform of power and agility for riders who are looking to stand out on a bigger stage, and the new series can become a stepping stone to Superstock or Superbike racing.

BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs said: “A much-repeated question is, when can we offer a class of fairingless ‘naked’ bikes on our racing platform? The story reminds us of simple and accessible racing classes that offer great competition and action. Combined with the prestige of the BMW brand, the F 900 R Cup deserves to be a success.

Open to riders with a Clubman ACU license and above, the F 900 R Cup bikes will be available to buy from £11,000 including race kit.

Drivers interested in purchasing a race-ready F 900 R and competing in the inaugural F 900 R Cup in 2023 can register at: www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/experience/motorsport/the-bmw-f -900-r-cup.html

For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, visit www.britishsuperbike.com

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