The eighth edition of the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, from February 14 to 16, 2020 at the AsiaWorld Expo in Hong Kong, will launch Season V of the Longines Masters Series, a series which, this year, will include events in Hong Kong, Lausanne, and Paris. The bonuses, which are a signature feature of the Longines Masters Series, in addition to the prize pools offered for each individual event, are a significant source of motivation for the best riders in the world.
Season V of the Longines Masters Series, the first single calendar year season (the previous seasons ran over two calendar years) of the series launched by EEM and Longines, the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Longines Masters Series, will be launched in Hong Kong on February 14. It will then go to Lausanne, from June 18 to 21, and end in Paris, from December 3 to 6.
. A 50,000 Euro bonus, the Longines Speed Challenge Bonus, is being offered to the fastest rider of the Longines Speed Challenge Series’ season (the top three best results from Hong Kong, Lausanne, and Paris’ Longines Masters will be taken into account for the end-of-season ranking).
. Each Masters Power event promises 10,000 Euros to the riders for each of their clear rounds above 2.05 meters (i.e. 2.06 meters). The 10,000 Euros is to be shared between all riders that clear more than 2.05m.
. A 2.25 million Euro super bonus, the Longines Masters Series Super Bonus, will go to the rider that manages to win the three Longines Grand Prix stages of the series in the following order: Hong Kong, Lausanne, and Paris. A 1 million Euro bonus, the Longines Masters Series Bonus, awaits anyone who achieves three consecutive victories in these Grand Prix’s (regardless of the city in which he or she wins for the first time; the 1 million Euro bonus therefore logically takes into account the results straddling two seasons).
Bonuses: A Flashback
. Launched last year, the Longines Speed Challenge Bonus was won for the first time by Italian rider, Emanuele Gaudiano.
. Launched at the 2017 Longines Masters of Paris, the Masters Power Bonus was won by Emanuele Gaudiano at the 2019 Longines Masters of New York, and by the British rider Laura Renwick, at the 2019 Longines Masters of Lausanne. Last December in Paris, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs, and Egypt’s Nayel Nassar reached the honorable height of 1.97m, 9 enormous centimeters’ away from the bonus.
. In four seasons, the Longines Masters Series Bonus and Super Bonus have never been won. Maybe they’ll be won in 2020, for Season V?