There’s currently no one faster than Marc Marquez in the MotoGP World Championship qualifiers. For now, the Spanish world champion riding for the Repsol Honda team is loving the view as he is ahead of the pack. Whether during qualifiers or the actual race, Marquez is a dominant force in MotoGP. Such dominance has particularly earned him a place in the annual BMW M Award, giving him another key to a brand new BMW M4 CS.
BMW has been handling out cars to top MotoGP qualifiers since 2003 through the BMW M Award. Actually, the 2017 BMW M Award is considered as the 15th edition of MotoGP’s Best Qualifier award, which honors the rider who manage to provide the strongest overall performance in the one-season qualifying sessions. This year, Marquez earned a total of 343 points to secure the M Awards, around 86 points ahead of his closest rival.
For Marquez, winning the BMW M Award is nothing new. In fact, this year is the fifth time he won the prestigious award, which means he already has keys to five BMW M cars. Essentially, Marquez secured a third of the total BMW M Award (15) handed out to MotoGP riders. Other recipients of the BMW M Award include Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner (three awards each), Jorge Lorenzo (two awards), Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden. These MotoGP riders also received a car from BMW M for topping the season qualifiers.
As for Marquez, his BMW M collection started in 2013. His first BMW M car was an M6 Coupe. Marquez managed to repeat his awesome qualifiers performance in 2014, 2015 and 2016; hence, he secured keys to an M4 Coupe, an M6 Convertible and an M2 Coupe. Marquez’s spectacular skills on the track allowed him to secure his fifth BMW Award in a row, winning him keys to a new BMW M4 CS in the process.
Interestingly, Marquez won the 2017 MotoGP championship by 37 points. This is his fourth championship (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017) since jumping to MotoGP in 2013 as part of the Honda Repsol Team. Throughout his five-year stint with the Honda Repsol Team at MotoGP, Marquez managed to secure 45 pole positions (73 career poles). He reached the podium 63 times and won 35 races in the process. His current MotoGP total victories are enough to place him among the all-time top 10 in wins.
Unveiled back in May during the Spanish Grand Prix, the BMW M4 CS now owned by Marquez is wrapped in San Marino Blue Metallic finish. This makes Marquez one of the 3,000 owners lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the M4 CS. The limited-edition M4 CS comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine that could deliver 338 kW (460 hp) of max output and 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) of peak torque.
BMW M4 CS could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, on the way to reaching an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). As standard, power is sent to the wheels via a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic.