2018 BMW GS Trophy Rally Results
For the 2018 BMW International GS Trophy, 14 teams headed to Mongolia for the sixth edition of the event, which occurs every two years.
Each country was represented by a three-rider team aboard BMW R 1200 Rallye GS machinery, and these teams rode a total of 1,460 miles in eight days, which includes various team challenges.
When all was finished at the same sport where it all began at Camp Chinisiin Khuree near Ulaanbaatar, Team South Africa claimed the win. This was the second-straight year South Africa took the title (the other arriving at the 2016 BMW GS Trophy in Thailand; Team USA finished eighth).
Finishing 52 points behind was Team USA, with France in third, 54 points behind.
Ont he final day, the GS riders faced the final hurdle, the “Monster Trial.” Here all three team members entered the extended challenge together and riding against the clock rode over various banks, ditches and along a dried- up river bed before taking on three sub-sections which further tested their bike handling skills.
These included a full-lock maze section and a GS Trophy favorite, the “elephant turn” (maybe a camel turn given this is Mongolia) where the riders have to spin turn their GS a full 180 degrees.
With a 43 point advantage going into this test, for Team South Africa the win was theirs to lose, albeit with triple points available they could still be beaten.
But being such a well-drilled team this wasn’t going to happen, and true to form they put in an excellent performance, fast, slick and accurate – and calculated, each rider forfeiting two points in the maze when they dabbed (put their foot down) to ensure safe spin turns.
It was a performance worthy of champions, albeit they were beaten by Team France who blazed to their second day win to come within two points of overturning Team USA for the runner-up position.
So while Team South Africa again took the winners’ trophies, and Teams USA and France the runners-ups’ trophies none of the GS riders left empty handed as each rider was given the radiator covers from their GS to take home.
No ordinary covers, these had been 3D printed in aluminum and machined with their rider number and name integrated into the design. A memento to remind them of eight of the most exciting days in the wilds of Mongolia, an amazing country, on the incomparable GS, an extraordinary motorcycle.
Speaking after the win, Team South Africa’s Mark Dickinson said “It was a good day today. We trained as hard as we could before we came to the event and that has paid off over the days and especially today in the final trial. But equally importantly we’ve had fun and while the whole BMW GS community is like a family we’ve made some especially great friends while we’ve been here.
And with the GS Trophy it doesn’t end at the checkered flag, we’ve been exchanging addresses and social media contact information all week and I know we’ll be in touch and making visits on each other in the years to come. We’ve all shared this special experience and that’s created a bond between us. It’s been a great event, and to win again makes it perfect.”
2018 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2018 Central Asia Final standings:
1. South Africa 338
2. USA 286
3. France 284
4. Latin America 246
5. Mexico 236
6. Korea 221
7. UK 196
8. Germany 193
9. Russia 171
10. Australia 170
11. Argentina 162
12. Southeast Asia 155
13. China 144
14. Canada 137