The New BMW F 900 R Cup
Running alongside the 2023 British Superbike Championship programme, the BMW F 900 R Cup has been devised to be accessible for aspiring as well as experienced riders. Riders will compete on identical 105hp F 900 R roadsters over nine rounds, each held at an iconic UK circuit. There will be multiple practice and qualifying sessions, with points accrued during two races for each round.
Race reports from each BSB round will be available to read here. Click through to see the round ups from the weekend's races.
Read up all about the riders and their racing history, taking part in this year's championship.
F 900 R Cup Race Dates
Round 1 - Silverstone National - 7-9 April
Round 2 - Oulton Park - 29 April-1 May
Round 3 - Donington Park GP (WSBK) - 30 June-2 July
Round 4 - Snetterton - 7-9 July
Round 5 - Brands Hatch GP - 21-23 July
Round 6 - Thruxton - 11-13 August
Round 7 - Cadwell Park - 26-28 August
Round 8 - Donington Park - 29 Sept–1 October
Round 9 - Brands Hatch GP - 13-15 October
Championship Prize Fund
Cash prizes will total £56,000 for the full nine-round championship – allocated at each round for the heat races, the R&G Last Chance Qualifier and the main final. In addition, the winner of the overall F 900 Cup Championship will receive a new BMW S 1000 RR; a production bike that could be used to progress into the National Superstock 1000 Championship.
As well as position-based cash prizes, each round will see series supplier K-Tech select the ‘K-Tech Rider of the Meeting’, awarding £200 for the most notable performance of the weekend.
Following the conclusion of the 2023 F 900 R Cup Championship, BMW Motorrad UK will award the ‘Lee Nicholls Most Improved Rider’ award to the rider who has shown most progress throughout the season. The recipient will win a set of made-to-measure BMW M Pro Race leathers, M Pro Race helmet, gloves, and boots from BMW Motorrad UK, totalling over £2,000 in value.
40 F 900 R Cup bikes are currently in build. Delivery in the UK is expected from December 2022. These will be supplied on a first come first served basis. The remaining bikes are expected February/March. Please see below on how to order.
Once the rider’s entry has been accepted and their registration fee has been paid and confirmed by MSV-R, the rider/team owner should then contact their preferred Retailer and place an order for a F 900 R. The Retailer will then contact BMW Motorrad UK who will register a F 900 R and allocate it to the Retailer for sale to the rider/team at the price noted below.
Before supply of the bike to the retailer it will need to be partially prepared by Fortis Racing, the price of which is included in the Race Kit costs. This conversion includes machining and fitting of front suspension, fitment of rear stand bobbins, toe guard, rear set frames and the removal of the rear passenger grips from the rear sub frame.
The rider/team should then decide who will complete the race bike conversion, either themselves, the retailer, or Fortis Racing at additional cost.
It also possible for riders/teams to purchase a used F 900 R from their preferred retailer should they wish. It will be the rider/team’s responsibility to ensure that these bikes meet the F 900 R Cup Technical Regulations. This will involve arranging for the bike to be partially or fully prepared at Fortis Racing and will likely incur additional costs over and above the supply, and work included in, the cost of the Race Kit.
The price of a base F 900 R £6,995 inc. VAT. Only one bike per rider will be available for purchase.
The specification of this base bike will be:
- Black Storm Metallic
- M Endurance Chain
The Race Kit will be controlled parts and will only be available to order from Fortis Racing. Once your entry has been accepted you will be given access to the specialist, Fortis Racing BMW F 900 R Cup website, where you can order the Race Kit at a cost of £5,095 inc VAT.
The Race Kit will consist of:
- Exhaust – Arrow full system
- Rear sets
- Rear set frame plates – fitted by fortis racing before supply
- Engine crash protection – R&G
- Frame crash protection - R&G
- Oil drain plug
- Oil filter retainer clip
- Rain light
- Fully enclosed belly pan
- Nose cone
- Race tail cover and tray
- Toe guard/sharks fin
- Front fork internals - Ktech
- Labour to fit fork kit – fitted by fortis racing before supply
- Fork fluid
- Rear shock - Ktech
- Steering damper - Ktech
- Stand bobbins – R&G, fitted by fortis racing before supply
- Hm quickshifter
- Rad guards - R&G
- Brake lever guard - R&G
- Exhaust hanger bracket – R&G
There will be some additional costs for ECU programming, the cost is currently estimated at £200 + VAT but is TBC.
There will be spare parts programme put in place. This will include a discounted Wet Wheels package. Details will follow.
The series will use identical 105hp F 900 R roadsters. The regulations are intended to limit changes to the homologated production F 900 R in the interest of safety, power limitations, and to minimize racing costs.
The full regulations are to be confirmed but as a guide the bike will remain as standard with the exception of controlled parts supplied in the Race Kit, as listed above. The engine must remain as standard and will be sealed. The ECU will also be locked.
Entries, MSVR – Claire Fennell (email@example.com)
Series Manager/Technical Regulations – Steve Plater (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BMW Contact for bike purchase – Preferred retailer