There is a new face on the BMW stunt riding scene and he’s picked an F800R and an S1000RR as his weapons of choice. French rider Jimmy Quetel has only been riding the twin-cylinder naked roadster for about a year, but he’s already tasted victory on this machine. The most recent triumph being at the Stunt Bike Show in Bordeaux, southwest France last month.
The annual event is sponsored by BMW Motorrad France dealership Stand 33. It has been running for eight years and attracts around 7,000 visitors, making it the biggest stunt contest in the whole of France. Well known across Europe, this stunt show was the first to accept amateur competitors as well as the professionals and was made into a 50-minute show that was aired on international television station Motors TV.
This year’s guest star was none other than the legendary Chris Pfeiffer, who was due to perform on his own F800R, but unfortunately had to withdraw from the event because of a rib injury. The show attracted all kinds of riders who entered either the scooter, 50cc or Sportbike categories. ‘Big Jim’ Quetel entered the Sportbike category and as Chris Pfeiffer wasn’t able to ride, he became Jim’s coach and mentor for the event, which undoubtedly gave him the confidence to put in the kind of performance needed to win this prestigious contest.
This latest victory is the icing on the cake in a year that has seen Jimmy Quetel work tirelessly towards his goal of making a living from stunt riding. He won a stunt contest at the Le Mans 24 Hour race back in April and then followed this up with shows in pitlane at the French MotoGP round in May, the Bol d’Or in September and the final round of the Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in October. In addition, he has performed numerous stunt shows at various motorcycle exhibitions throughout France.
Coming from the city of Rouen, close to Paris, Jim benefits from the support of his local BMW dealer Moto Technic Evolution, who supplied him with an F800R to modify and practice his routines on. Because he works full time as a mechanic, Jimmy does not have as much spare time as he would like to practice, as he is only free at the weekends. However, his enthusiasm and passion for taking part in stunt competitions and exhibitions means that he keeps in top physical form by practicing Karate, riding dirt bikes and doing motorcycle track days whenever he can.
For BMW Motorrad France’s Djan Mollenhoff, Jimmy’s association with the brand has been extremely helpful in continuing to appeal to a new, younger group of riders, who might not otherwise have found their way into BMW dealerships. “Jimmy is the perfect example of how to live the BMW passion in a simple way,” he says. “He shares this passion with everybody and still keeps pushing his limits. His objective is one day to be able to live from stunt riding, and this goal will always remain in his mind. He’s a really proactive person who always finds time to talk to fans about his experience of stunt riding and for those who aren’t too familiar with the BMW Motorrad brand, he takes the time to explain about the F800R stunt bike. This is something we value a lot in Jimmy, and having our ‘local’ Chris Pfeiffer has really opened new doors for us with motorcycle fans in France.”
For ‘Big Jim,’ the way that Chris Pfeiffer has conducted his career in stunt riding has served as both an inspiration and an example of what he would like to achieve in the sport. “The BMW Motorrad brand image is fantastic these days,” says Jimmy. “I have a lot of admiration for the brand: its prestige and exclusiveness distinguish it from other players in the motorcycle segment, the target groups are getting younger and younger, and as more and more great models are launched, this brings it directly in contact with new motorcycle rider profiles. Even in the world of stunt riding, BMW Motorrad is nowadays totally accepted as a fun and dynamic brand with innovative products and an exclusive image. Having BMW Motorrad as part of this world is very positive for both the manufacturer and the stunt universe!”