Marc Márquez's seven free BMW M cars: a Greek tragedy

By topgear, 29 November 2019

Marc Márquez, pictured above with Honda's new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade, is really rather good at riding a motorbike. In fact, he’s won the MotoGP championship six times (from seven seasons, 2019 included) since he made his debut in 2013.

On top of that, the Spanish sensation has also won the sport's BMW M Award in all seven season too, which means he's been able to drive home with a brand new and specially prepared BMW M car for each successful season too.

Having won said award for the recently concluded 2019 season too, Marquez's tally of M cars now total at seven. Today, we take a look at this rather sizeable M cars fleet the 26-year-old has amassed. Be warned however, as his recent acquisition has turned into somewhat of a Greek Tragedy of sorts...

2013 - BMW M6 Coupe
In that debut season, Mr Márquez also won the BMW M Award for the fastest qualifier of the year. His prize? A black-on-black BMW M6 Coupe – not bad for a fresh faced 19-year-old.

As with all narrative arcs, it started off well…

2014 - BMW M4
In 2014, Márquez was once again the fastest qualifier (calculated by a scoring system that offers a certain amount of points for each position). This time, his prize was a BMW M4 – thumbs up.

2015 - BMW M6 Convertible
In 2015, Marc Márquez did not win the championship. He even had his iinfamous scrap with the great Valentino Rossi in Sepang, Malaysia (one you can read about by clicking these words). He did however win the BMW M Award for fastest qualifier. Because of course he did.

That meant he added a third M car to his growing free collection, and this time it was an M6 convertible – perfect for the drive home from the final race weekend in Valencia. Still pretty sunny at this point, though clouds may be gathering on the distant horizon…

2016 - BMW M2 Coupe
2016 comes around and BMW offered an M2 Coupe to the fastest qualifier of the year… which Marquez won. Again.

That win also meant Márquez had acrrued more M Award victories than any other rider since its inception in 2003, and thus got his hands on a Very Good M Car, the M2.

Looks reasonably chuffed with that one, does Marc.

2017 - BMW M4 CS
Not as chuffed as he was when - again - he won the fastest qualifier award in 2017 and received the keys to a free M4 CS. One of the most exciting M cars of recent times.

2018 - BMW M3 CS
2018 rolls around, and Marquez is the fastest qualifier again. BMW’s M division decided to give him two more doors this time, courtesy of an M3 CS.

A stellar run of M cars. M2. M4 CS. M3 CS. What could possibly lie in wait for our hero for 2019? Well, here's where the Greek Tragedy we were mentioning happened...

2019 - BMW X4 M Competition
Ah. See what we mean?