BMW Motorrad France recently organized its first ever national GS Trophy event and the 60 competitors who signed up enjoyed three days of friendly competition amid the fantastic surroundings of the Orange region. Run in partnership with Touratech France and open to all GS machines — from the original R80G/S of the 1980s right up to the present R1200GS and GS Adventures — the event was all about having fun, learning new skills, teamwork and establishing friendships with like-minded GS owners.
To allow a ‘level playing field’ of competition, the event was not open to those with race licenses in the motocross or enduro segments but was instead designed to appeal to GS owners willing to push their own boundaries and experience just what their motorcycle is capable of in the right environment.
As such, the GS Trophy France was carefully organized so that after registration, technical inspections and road-book familiarization sessions, the participants then had two days of active off-road riding, orientation and team-work drills to look forward to. The bikes and their riders were put into categories according to the age of the machine, the level of off-road preparation of the GS and of course, the rider’s own ability.
After the usual briefings, the tasks included a variety of riding tests on different types of terrain of varying difficulty, designed to test the technical competence, fitness and bravery of the riders, whatever their level of experience. Everyone was encouraged to participate, with points awarded for orientation skills and team-work, as well as ability.
From the 60 competitors who started, the best 10 then progressed to the final stage taking place on day three, carefully watched over by off-road experts and legends, such as Dakar Rally ace David Fretigne and Touratech director Herbert Schwartz.
In the end, the results were incredibly close, with David Sirs taking the overall victory with 2,666 points, closely followed by Vincent Biau with 2,575 points and Philippe Veyssiere with 2,453 points.
According to Gilles Droneau, “brand & events coordinator” for BMW Motorrad France, the first edition of the GS Trophy was a great success and is the benchmark on which to plan future challenges. “Our first ever GS Trophy France held all its promises and all our 60 participants went home tired but elated, with heads full with special memories and new friendships made among the splendid landscapes of the Orange area. We’d like to thank all the participants who made this event such a success, and who came along to take part in these three days of various challenges.
“All 60 competitors used not only their off-road riding talents, but also worked through various physical, technical and mental challenges that included 27 tests and three different road-books. The formula worked well and we’re expecting lots of interest in GS Trophy France 2012, so thanks to everyone for making this year’s event possible.”
For more information and photographs of this year’s event, please visit www.gstrophyfrance.com.