2012 BMW GS Trophy Day 5 ResultsDay five of the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 was the competition’s second marathon stage, with a distance slightly over 400 kilometer and the complication of a border crossing to deal with as the riders returned to Chile.The fifth of eight stages in the third edition of the BMW GS Trophy was potentially even more of an ordeal given the arrival of rain that peppered the morning then deluged the afternoon.A special test had been scheduled for the late afternoon, after arrival in Huilo-Huilo, but due to the inclement weather this has been postponed until the morning of day six. Consequently there is no change to the GS Trophy leaderboard and Team Germany remain the competition leaders for the third consecutive day.The rain, while notionally detrimental, in fact proved beneficial, and after four days of riding through dense dust clouds, the competitors were today able to enjoy clear vision for the first time. And while it was expected the rain would make the conditions slippery, for the most part it had the opposite effect – improving traction. In short the GS Trophy riders were revelling in the conditions.Riding through the Paso Carirrifie into the forests of the Parque Nacional Lanin the riders also enjoyed a succession of terrain types, starting with clay and gravel roads over rolling hills, leading to deep sand on the plateau, then onto a tight and twisting mix of loam and gravelly tracks through the forest. The tracks could have been designed by a GS rider such was the satisfaction of the competitors from their day’s ride.Enjoying a spirited canter on theses remote routes, through stunning highland forestry down onto rolling farm land, this was a day that brought nothing but joy.There were no reported crashes or incidents today. An update on the condition of Marc-André Octeau (of Team Canada) who was injured on day four: his condition has improved substantially and it is anticipated he will be transferred to a German hospital in Temuco, Chile within the next 24 hours.“Our day,” by Team Japan and Team BrazilTeams Japan and Brazil were paired to ride together today, under the stewardship of South African marshall Jan du Toit. Like all the competitors they had a great day’s ride.Haruki Hisashi, journalist to Team Japan, speaking on the team’s behalf, says: “When the rain came it increased the fun, there was mud and parts were slippery, it was like enduro riding through the forest. And the scenery as we entered Chile reminded us of the forests and farmland back home, we were surprised how much it was alike. We also found the people so happy to see us, cheering and waving. It was our best day of the competition.”Aloisio Frazao Jr, Team Brazil, says: “It was wonderful today, we rode together as group, and were able to match each other’s pace, it was like a symphony. We were also able to ride behind the marshall and to watch his techniques, so we tried to mimic these. The GS Trophy is not just a competition – we are becoming better riders here, one week is like one year in what we are learning.”2012 BMW GS Trophy Overall Standings After Five Days:1. Germany 152 pts 2. Argentina 143 3. France 141 4. Italy 137 5. Canada 131 6. Alps 129 7. USA 119 8. UK 118 9. CEEU 115 =10. South Africa 111 =10. Latin America 111 12. Brazil 81 13. Russia 78 14. Spain 76 15. Japan 64
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.