BMW has today launched a new British Superbike support race featuring its F900R which will kick off in 2023.
Replacing the now-defunct Ducati TriOptions series, the F900R Cup will see up to 40 identical machines ridden in eight rounds across the British Superbike calendar.
Taking place at iconic UK circuits, the class will involve multiple practice and qualifying sessions, with points accrued during two races at each round.
“We wanted to offer up-and-coming riders the opportunity to race at a National level with greater exposure, in a one-make series where rider talent rather than budget dictates how competitive you are,” said BMW marketing chief Scott Grimsdall.
“The F900R provides a perfect platform of power and agility for riders looking to make their mark on a bigger stage, and the new series can become a stepping-stone to Superstock or Superbike racing.”
Devised to be accessible for aspiring as well as experienced racers, the BMW F900R Cup will see up to 40 identical machines ridden in eight rounds across the British Superbike calendar.
Teams will have the option of purchasing a bike and having the race kit fitted by their preferred BMW Motorrad retailer, by approved partner Fortis Racing, or by their own support team. Fortis Racing will continue to be present at each round, offering on-site race support and spares for all riders.
Pirelli has been the sole tyre supplier for the British Superbike series since 2008 and will support the series. Riders will be limited to two sets of tyres over a race weekend, using the latest generation Diablo Supercorsa SC and Diablo Rain tyres, depending on conditions.
BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs added: “A much repeated question is when can we offer an un-faired ‘naked’ bike class on our racing platform? History reminds us of simple, accessible race classes that provide great competition and action. Combined with the prestige of the BMW brand, the F 900 R Cup deserves to be a success.”
Open to racers with a Clubman ACU licence and above, the F900R Cup bikes will be available to purchase from £11,000 inclusive of race kit.
Riders interested in purchasing a race-ready F900R and competing in the inaugural F 900 R Cup in 2023 can register here.