BMW Motorrad Malaysia gears itself up to take on bi-annual GS Trophy 2016 rally in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Loyal readers would remember our coverage of the South East Asia Qualifying leg for the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016 (GS Trophy 2016). The bi-annual adventure bike rally marks its fifth edition this year and its first appearance in Asia as it commences from Feb 28 to March 5 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
As previously reported, a team of six Malaysian competitors represented BMW Motorrad Malaysia during the qualifiers held last year in Thailand. The qualifiers featured 20 gruelling exercises across two stages, and it was rider Mohd Faizal Sukree astride a BMW F650GS who emerged victorious as the highest point scorer in the Malaysia contingent.
Mohd Faizal will be representing BMW Motorrad Malaysia for the first time in the competition GS Trophy 2016 where he joins the Team South East Asia alongside riders Tommy Lee and Peerapat Woratham who represent Singapore and Thailand respectively.
Unlike the qualifiers, the international stage of the GS Trophy 2016 sees each competitor astride a specially prepared 2016 BMW R1200GS that is fully equipped with enduro gear. These include an aluminium engine guard, steel crash bars, valve cover guards, headlight guard, wider endure footrests, adjustable footbrake lever and a safety screw for the oil filler neck.
The competition bikes will also feature Metzeler Karoo 2 Tyres and a wide variety of original BMW Motorrad accessories too. Besides that, each competitor will receive a bag containing a selection of quality clothing plus an array of technical equipment required for the rally.
You can stay up to date with the progress of the week-long GS Trophy 2016 rally via its dedicated website, www.gstrophy.com. You can also track updates on social media through the rally’s #gstrophy hashtag.