Round One, Donington Park, April 28th, 2002

Strong opposition expected by title defender Stéphane Mertens.

The BMW BoxerCup is back in business for 2002, proposing its unique blend of flat- out club racing for the fourth consecutive season. After moving to international status last year, The R 1100 S brand championship has been extended to eight races this season and will include two new venues : Assen in the Netherlands, amidst MotoGP's ultimate championship, whilst Donington will host the opening round (April 28th) on the occasion of the British Superbike championship.

Thirty-six of Europe's best riders will attend the series, hailing from ten nations, among which title defender and ex-250cc GP rider Stéphane Mertens (Belgium), together with 2001 BoxerCup runner-ups Fernando Cristobal (Spain) and Andy Hofmann (Switzerland). BoxerCup newcomers will include Markus Barth (German Supersport 600 champion in 1999), endurance specialist Brian Morrison and some experienced French riders such as Philippe Thomas or Mathieu Lagrive.

Alongside the total prize money of 225 000 euro, the three overall winners at the end of the season will receive a BMW M coupé (1st place), a BMW R 1150 GS (2nd place) and a BMW F 650 CS (3rd place).

Four times 500 cc vice-world champion Randy Mamola will again act as official ambassador, bringing his dedication and racing experience to the series. Together with guest riders Luca Cadalora, Jürgen Fuchs, Jorge Martinez or Sweden's Johan Stigefelt, trust the exuberant Californian to deliver what the fans all expect...

The 2002 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup will be present at four motorcycle Grand Prix races : Mugello (June 1st), Barcelona (June 15th), Assen (June 29th) and the Sachsenring (July 20th). Three heats will be held within the Endurance World championship : Spa-Francorchamps (July 6th), Oschersleben (August 10th) and Magny- Cours (September 15th).

Donington Park marks the first of the eight BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2002 races. Built in 1931 and located 120 km north of London, the British racetrack has seen numerous Grand Prix and World Superbike events, and should provide a challenging venue for the BMW R 1100 S motorcycles which will this season be equipped with Metzeler tyres.

Qualifying practice : Saturday, April 27th, 11.20 - 11.50 ; 17.00 - 17.30
Race (18 laps) : Sunday, April 28th, 12.00

<pre> Provisonal Entry List Team Rider Co. Nr. 1 BMW Belgium/Faignoy Motor Stéphane Mertens B 1 2 Gilex Racing Lex van Dijk NL 3 3 SPC Tony MacBride UK 4 4 Motorrad Senger Racing team Andy Hofmann CH 5 5 BMW Group Niederlassung Racing Team Markus Barth D 6 6 Team Austria-Hinterreiter Thomas Hinterreiter A 7 7 Interviú/Busquets Josep Maria Busquets E 8 8 Motociclismo Antonio Calasso I 9 9 BMW Sweden Tobias Nyström S 10 10 BMW Motorrad Great Britain Brian Morrison UK 11 11 BMW Motorrad Great Britain Gus Scott UK 12 12 Hakvoort-Klipfel Racing Herbert Mandelartz D 13 13 Nico Bakker Jeroen Oudeman NL 14 14 Interviú/Busquets Fernando Cristóbal E 16 15 Interviú/Busquets Javier Rodriguez E 17 16 Hobi-Moto Jakob Hobi CH 20 17 BMW Belgium/Herpigny Motor Sébastien Legrelle B 21 18 Bernhardt + Röhrich Klaus Nies D 22 19 Interviú/Busquets Agustí Busquets E 27 20 Ducos Moto Philippe Thomas F 31 21 Moto Technic Franck Renault F 33 22 Das Boxer Team Norbert Rebholz D 35 23 Interviú/Busquets Alex Busquets E 36 24 BMW Belgium/Lievens Mechanics Steven Casaer B 37 25 BMW Belgium/Bavarian Motorsport Dirk Buylinck B 45 26 BMW Motorrad Great Britain Richard Cooper UK 47 27 BMW Belgium/A.M.Superbike Grégory Fastré B 48 28 BRH Motos François Ciciliani F 59 29 Solo Moto Ivan Lazzarini I 79 30 Sport Garage Stéphane Coutelle F 91 31 Dream Car Team Roberto Panichi I 99 32 VIP Kevin Smith UK 18 33 VIP Johan Stigefelt S 116