In the build up to the highly anticipated BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016, BMW Motorrad South Africa has opened entries for the 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier starting on 30 May in Gauteng.
Team South Africa in 2014
For the first time in South Africa there will be a series of regional events that will serve as preliminary qualifying rounds for the national final qualifier, which will take place at the GS Trophy South Africa event (previously known as the GS Eco) from 10 to 14 September. The top three contenders from the GS Trophy South Africa will make up the team that will represent South Africa at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
“It is exciting to kick off one of the most important events on the BMW Motorrad calendar in South Africa, as the GS is the top selling motorcycle in our local model line-up. South Africa beat 14 teams to finish second in the International GS Trophy 2014, held in Canada, which shows the level of interest and commitment that local entrants have. We decided to introduce regional qualifying events to give more GS customers the opportunity to try and qualify for the International GS Trophy,” explains Alexander Baraka, General Manager of BMW Motorrad South Africa.
“This is truly a unique opportunity for GS owners to represent South Africa and compete against other international teams. There are 19 teams scheduled to compete in the International GS Trophy 2016, which will be held in South East Asia. I encourage GS owners to enter and in BMW Motorrad spirit – make life a ride.”
The format of the regional qualifying events will be one-day intermediate level off-road riding courses, where entrants are not only assessed on their riding skills and technique but also on their mental and physical tenacity as well as teamwork The selection criteria for the winners is based on the International GS Trophy qualifying rules and regulations. The 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier is not open to instructors or any rider with a professional racing license.
To coincide with the upcoming International GS Trophy, BMW Motorrad South Africa has released the R 1200 GS “GS Trophy”, which features a unique decal set as well as heated grips, chrome plate silencer, hand protectors and cross-spoke wheels. This special edition model is available at BMW Motorrad dealers for R164 000 (including VAT).
Dates for the 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier regional events are as follows:
- 30 May 2015 – Gauteng
- 13 June 2015 – Mpumalanga
- 20 June 2015 – Free State
- 20 June 2015 – Western Cape
- 27 June 2015 – KwaZulu-Natal
- 18 July 2015 – Second date for Gauteng
For more information on the 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier, please visit www.bmwmotorrad.co.za.