Munich. The seventh BMW Motorrad International GS
Trophy, a 2020 Oceania edition, came to a tighten on Feb 16.
After 8 exhausting days, and over 2500km trafficked over both the
North and South islands of New Zealand, Team South Africa emerged
winning in this many iconic of journey motorcycling competitions
– for a third uninterrupted occasion.

Some 22 general teams, with participants from over 40
countries, took on a plea of a latest book of this unique
competition. Riding in a Southern Hemisphere summer, a riders
mostly enjoyed gentle ascetic conditions, nonetheless some-more than once
they also gifted a singular Kiwi materialisation of ‘four seasons in
one day’ as overnight temperatures plummeted and a riders found rain
and winds as they tackled a trails. The GS riders also found
themselves everywhere from sea turn – on a North Island beaches –
to thousands of feet adult alpine passes in a South Island.

The days were typically prolonged with breakfast calls during 5:30 and adult to
12-hours of riding. On a arise of channel a Cook Strait to
strech a South Island a start was an even progressing 3:30; in all the
riders became unequivocally informed with eating breakfast by a light of
their conduct torches.

Once on a trails, a riders gifted any turf New Zealand
could offer, from sandy beaches, to sand tracks, to hilly passes and
a good series of stream crossings. Their journey roving skills and
their continuation were many positively tested.

This year’s Int. GS Trophy motorcycle was a new F 850 GS, which
some-more than valid itself as being adult to a imperishable task. It was also a
pleasure to ride, with so many of a riders expressing compensation in
a bike’s flexibility and performance, while proof fun to float both
on highway and on a trails.


Team South Africa’s ‘threepeat’

The Oceania 2020 book will be available in Int. GS Trophy history
as one of a closest competitions (although it’s tough to go past the
one-point win a UK available over a South Africans in 2010). Going
into a eighth and final day there were 3 teams in close
row for a win, with reduction than 10 points bursting them: South
Africa, Italy and France. And after a initial exam of a day – when
a South Africans suffered an uncharacteristic tumble – a competition
hung on a outcome of a final parcour test. Only afterwards Team South
Africa rallied impressively, putting in 3 roughly unblemished rides,
while a need to conflict saw Team France and Team Italy finished some mistakes.

And so Team South Africa took their third GS Trophy win ‘on the
bounce’. That’s wins in a South East Asia, Central Asia and now
Oceania editions – that they can supplement to runner-up positions in the
2014 North America and 2010 South Africa editions, imprinting them out as
by distant a many successful republic in a story of a event.

However, it contingency be pronounced a South Africans did not browbeat this
edition. For a initial 3 days a hard-riding – and it has to be
said, fun amatory – Team South Korea headed a personality board, only
handing over a lead to Team France on day four. The South Africans
were always in row though, and from day 5 to a finish they
headed a personality board, nonetheless usually by a slimmest margins as Teams
France and Italy valid devoted in their pursuit.

Team Netherlands – 3 tall, absolute total – valid impressive
in their entrance in a competition. Placed ninth after day one, they
softened daily and in fact were tip scorers on a final day to lift
themselves to fourth overall, usually 5 points off a podium. Other
debutants didn’t transport so well. Team North Africa were down a masculine after
one of their series postulated a detonate to his feet after crashing on
day two. They finished 21st. Team Middle East placed mid-pack in 11th
and Team Malaysia 18th.

Team India, debutants and final place finishers in 2018, softened by
3 places this year, finishing 19th – keeping to their vouch to
urge with any edition, nonetheless during this rate it might take a fair
few editions before they strech their second aim of severe Team
South Africa for a win!

The International Female Teams did not measure a successes they
desired. But they rode clever and scored rarely on occasional tests.
Their high indicate came on a marathon 440km day six, when a two
womanlike teams, roving together, both started and finished a day at
a conduct of a pack. Bearing in mind this day also enclosed an
strenuous 110km technical off-road territory by a Mackenzie high
nation – with a satisfactory few deep-water crossings – this was an
considerable arrangement of both technical roving and endurance.

In a finish it was Team South Africa’s year, again. Solid preparation,
glorious teamwork – paired with a good clarity of international
intercourse and a fun opinion – saw them prevail.

Brandon Grimsted: “We had a fun week, we entirely enjoyed it and
overtly it was some of a best off-road roving I’ve finished in my life.
Holding usually a 5 indicate lead into a final day was frightful and we
were nervous, over-thinking everything, and that led to problems in
a penultimate test, nonetheless we got behind adult and for a parcour final we
set a quick time with super-clean roving and that won it for us.

“As a group we were already close, nonetheless a week of being in each
other’s association all a hours of any day has connected us for life! And
a friends we’ve finished along a way, from all these opposite nations
– well, it creates the experience complete.”


The BMW F 850 GS

After 3 editions with a fighter twin R 1200 GS, this year was a
lapse to a together twin GS, now updated to a F 850 GS as
launched a year ago. The new bike brings with it a tough build of
a predecessor, a F 800 GS, nonetheless is brought adult to date with all the
latest supplement aids for a entirely complicated journey ride. The bike
achieved good with a lively both on and off-road.

Tim Mitchell, Team UK: “I routinely float an R 1200 GS, so roving a F
850 GS was a new knowledge for me – and a good one, we enjoyed a new
supplement aids and things like a new TFT shade that packs so much
information and nonetheless reads so naturally. And we enjoyed roving it, too,
it handles so good both on a twisty highways as good as on a trails.”

Ronnie Lundberg, Team Nordic: “I adore this bike! we adore the
suspension, a power, a approach it is so narrow. we found it to be great
both on a sand and a road, opposite everything, and that’s what GS
is all about, it’s an everything-you-want bike. So good!”

Tony Aldana, Team Mexico: “This is a pleasing bike, it does
everything. we don’t know how to contend it; it is all that we need.
I’ve been meditative about a 1200, nonetheless from this test, these 8 days,
we now consider we adore this bike more! You can go fast, go off-road, go
by rivers, we can do anything with this bike. And a technology
it has is great, a traction control and a enduro pro mode are
amazing. You can go with this bike anywhere we wish to in a world!”


The Int. GS Trophy

In their words

Diego Penagos, Team Latin America: “To be honest it feels unequivocally bad
for this journey to be entrance to an end. This community, these
friendships, we’ve met people from all over a world, finished so many
friends, it’s been smashing – nonetheless now we contingency go home! On one hand
we’re super-happy for a experience, nonetheless we’re going to skip all this
and these people so much. I’ll even skip my teammates as they don’t
live in Colombia. I’m going to skip everybody so much!”

Rickiey Naik, Team India: “This has been very, unequivocally exciting,
infrequently challenging. The views, a terrain, a altogether experience
has been phenomenal, in fact I’m using out of difference to report it.
It’s like they say, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. The whole
garland of people, a marshals, a organization – it has all been amazing.”

Soufiane Ammar, Team North Africa: “I came into this eventuality as the
media man nonetheless we became a correct group member after we mislaid a leader
on a morning of day two. But we never gave adult and we had a beautiful
week, enjoying pleasing landscapes, creation good relationships, and
we now have so many friends from around a world. So we are happy to
have finished a finish, it’s been formidable nonetheless we are here and very
happy to have finished it. And subsequent time hopefully a group will do
better. Make life a ride!”

Aurelien Szulek, Team France: “Wow, any day was amazing, the
relations with a people were great, a roads, a landscapes…
and a bike was unequivocally good, we didn’t design it to be so good. It
feels good on a highway and trails. So we wish to contend a large appreciate you
to BMW Motorrad, for formulating a GS, since with this bike they
non-stop a highway to so many possibilities. It’s a best journey bike
in a universe and BMW Motorrad is a usually code that can give an
knowledge like we’ve enjoyed this week.”

Nikki outpost basement Spek, International Female Team I: “The week has been
amazing. We had a denunciation separator in a group – we are Colombian,
French, Austrian and Dutch – nonetheless we overcame this and together had a
good experience, and now we know any other so well. For a girls,
infrequently it was hard, nonetheless in a finish they managed a bike unequivocally well
and it wasn’t a large problem. When we rode with a masculine teams you
could see in a morning a group were meditative ‘hmm, we have to ride
a whole day with a womanlike team?!’ But after a brief while
all was fine and they’d say, ‘hey, we are good riders, we’ll
have fun today!’ It’s unhappy a eventuality is now over.”

Tony Aldana, Team Mexico: “This week has been everything, nonetheless more
than everything, an adventure! There has been stream crossings, sandy
beaches, gravel, hilly trails – all that we adore about
motorcycling. New Zealand has everything, mountains, lakes – it’s a
pleasing country. In all this was a pleasing once-in-a-lifetime
experience, we desired it. There was not a day we would contend was a best,
a ideal one – a whole eventuality was perfect!”


Mathias Horn, Project Manager, BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy

“The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has been a biggest
yet. The many participants, a longest stretch and, well, two
islands! So it’s been a challenge, a logistics have been immense,
quite as we’re down here in one of a remotest locations on
a planet. But as always a group has come together and a eventuality has
run accurately to plan.

“I’m gay that a eventuality has met, if not exceeded, the
expectations of a participants. The GS is not usually a motorcycle,
it’s about joining with a world, about a community, a shared
passion, and so this eventuality has so many to live adult to. The participants
have come to knowledge so many and for a F 850 GS to broach on
that, to have won over their hearts – and being a new indication for many
this was their initial knowledge with it – has been a success in itself.

“In all it’s been something of a life-affirming knowledge for the
participants, nonetheless also for us as organisers – any day we got to
share in a joy.

Lastly, I’d like to demonstrate sincerest interjection to a sponsors, each
move so many to a eventuality and to have member from any here
with us, roving a march with a participants, saying their
products in action, that’s special too.”


Amelie Diehl-Thiele, Project Manager, BMW Motorrad
International GS Trophy

“It’s a pleasure to move a people of a universe together, to see new
teams from North Africa and a Middle East as good as increased
appearance from a countries of Asia. That a GS can harmonize people
from 40 nations, move them together, to share a ride, a fun and
laughter, is an outcome of a eventuality that goes distant over corporate
speak of code or marketplace awareness.”

“As well, we consider a march directors, Chris and Tom, plotted a
track by New Zealand that showed off this implausible environment
to a best, while ensuring we left nonetheless a lightest of footprints. We
showed that journey motorcycling can strech a forest nonetheless also
honour it.

“And we’re beholden to a people of New Zealand for carrying welcomed
us so warmly, while I’ve been unapproachable of a GS riders who have behaved
as a many model of ambassadors for journey motorcycling and
a GS motorcycle.

“So to all a GS riders out there around a world, we entice we to
join a GS Trophy village and, who knows, in a integrate of years you
too could be participating in a general final, enjoying the
float of your life!”


BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020


Final standings:

1 South Africa 394

2 France 382

3 Italy 380

4 Netherlands 375

5 South Korea 361

6 Latin America 355

7 Brazil 335

8 Russia 316

9 Mexico 295

10 Argentina 278

11 Middle East 268

12 Australia 264

13 USA 254

14 Nordic 246

15 UK 238

16 Thailand 222

17 Japan 218

18 Malaysia 208

19 India 200

20 Int. Female Team we 169

21 North Africa 146

22 Int. Female Team II 118


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