2012 BMW GS Trophy
After 24 months of planning, and qualifying events around the world attended by riders from 32 countries, the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 is at last established on the Trailanqui Resort near Temuco, Chile – ready to go. Now all that is missing is the riders, which are expected to arrive before the start.
Freed from their five 40-foot shipping containers are the 62 BMW F 800 GS, 20 R 1200 GS Rallye and 5 G 650 GS Sertão motorcycles, now fully prepared for the start. In total 87 motorcycles and 15 cars will travel the 2000km route with 114 people, including the 45 competitors, 15 team journalists, two doctors, mechanics and organizational staff.
Michael Trammer (chief organizer of the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy) says: “Everything is ready at last, the organising staff are all here, the final checks and double checks have all been completed. And the riders are flying in right now, from all over the world. Ahead of them a packed eight-day program of adventure, with no time for a rest day like the Dakar! How tiring will this be for the competitors.
“In contrast to the Dakar, the GS Trophy is not a race. Speed is never a relevant factor. But nevertheless the Trophy is very challenging: participants have to get up early in the morning, they don’t know which route profile and special tests are awaiting them during the day and they have to make long distances day by day. That adventure starts right here, in less than 48 hours from now.”
The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 will get underway at 09.00 hrs (Chilean local time) on Sunday, Nov. 25.