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Dirt and Trail July 2018 issue 2

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  • Trophy

MAKE IT A DOU IT’S

MAKE IT A DOU IT’S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE IN THE 10 YEARS OF THE INT. GS TROPHY BUT REIGNING 2016 CHAMPIONS CHAMPIONS TEAM TEAM SOUTH SOUTH AFRICA AFRICA HAVE HAVE MADE MADE HISTORY HISTORY AND AND WON WON THE THE PRESTIGIOUS PRESTIGIOUS EVENT EVENT FOR FOR THE THE SECOND SECOND TIME TIME IN IN SUCCESSION. SUCCESSION. ALL ALL THE THE PRESSURE PRESSURE WAS WAS ON ON THEM THEM ON ON THE THE FINAL FINAL STAGE OF THIS HARD-FOUGHT EIGHT-DAY COMPETITION BUT THEY HELD THEIR NERVES TO SECURE THE TITLE. FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW THEY DID IT. 72 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018

BLE Leonard van Greunen Every two years since 2008 BMW Motorrad has hosted the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy that started in deserts of Tunisia. Since then it has been hosted in South Africa in 2010, South America in 2012, Canada in 2014, Thailand in 2016 and for 2018 in Mongolia. The Trophy is an opportunity for the BMW customer to use the GS and put their skills to the test against other top teams selected from around the globe. Each participating country hosts a local GS Trophy competition to select their best 3 riders to partake in the International GS Trophy. No professionals. No race license holders. No GS instructors are allowed. This creates a great opportunity for the average GS owner to be able to participate. Once you have been selected to represent your country in the International GS Trophy you are not allowed to go again, thus there will always be new heroes… Our friend Leonard van Gruenen was invited along with 18 other global ambassadors to marshal this years event. We wanted the story from a slightly different angle – and he told us what it was like… Pics by Leonard van Greunen and Vanessa Blankenagel… DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018 73