BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy

  • Team Malaysia will represent the South East Asia region in the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Oceania 2020.

  • The finals will be held in New Zealand.

  • The riders qualified for their spots in the team yesterday.

Team Malaysia will represent the South East Asia region in the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Oceania 2020 in New Zealand.

Mohd. Zulfakar, Chan Kiang Wei and Norizuan Abdullah had come out tops during the Malaysian qualifier round on the previous day. They beat out a field of more than forty riders which includes some of the most experienced and talented off-road riders on various BMW GS models.

The three riders became Team Malaysia. Thailand now has their own team.

The South East Asia slot has been revised for the upcoming even. Instead of having three different riders of nationalities in one team, the region will be represented by a team of riders from a single country.

Hence, Team Malaysia had to compete against the teams from Indonesia, the Philippines Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam in today’s SEA Qualifiers.

As with the previous GS Trophy qualifications, the organizer set up many different types of challenges, trials and tasks for the riders. While some of these challenges appear pointless to the casual observer, they varied in terms of difficulty and speed to test the riders’ skills and proficiency in overcoming them. That said, the GS Trophy is never about speed, and instead focuses on rider skill, his understanding and control of the machine, being calm under pressure, ability to adjust to different situations, besides physical and mental toughness.

The most memorable tasks were pushing a gym ball with a rake while the rider controls only the clutch; transferring as much water as possible from one point to another; a slalom around wooden blocks (topped with plushie sheep) while riding up and down slopes; 180o zig-zags (the ground underneath the tyres had different characteristic); coming down a slope while transferring motorcycle tyres from one pole to another; and a deep water crossing.

To keep things fair, the organizer altered the tasks and course. Therefore, the Malaysian riders has to perform all-new tasks today together with the other teams.

Each team was required to perform team tasks as one unit, as well as being sent out as solo riders. The points were later combined.

Speaking of points, the GS Trophy’s scoring system looks at who has the least penalty points. Each mistake is awarded penalty points, thus the team which accumulated the least amount of mistakes win.

The day started out with the Indonesian, Philippines and Vietnam teams putting in some solid riding and teamwork. As the GS Trophy becomes more and more famous and popular, the riders trained hard.

But as the day wore on, the Malaysian riders started to edge ahead.

In the end, Team Malaysia came out tops by scoring 185 points, ahead of Indonesia and the Philippines who tied for second with 230 points each.

Moving forward, the team members will now train together to build a coherent unit.

We hope to bring you continuous updates when the event kicks off in New Zealand, so stay tuned.


BMW R 1200 GS di New Zealand – sumber imej:

Cabaran BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 akan mengambil tempat di “Middle Earth”; New Zealand.
Acara ini terbuka buat semua pemilik motosikal BMW dari seluruh dunia
Nantikan kemunculan pusingan kelayakan Malaysia!


The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in Middle Earth i.e. New Zealand.

The event is open to BMW motorcycle owners around the world.

Watch out for the Malaysian qualifying round!

The 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in Middle Earth a.k.a. New Zealand. Sorry for the Lord of the Rings reference.

The event has grown in prestige and participation over the years since its inception. Beginning from 2008 in Tunisia, it’s held bi-annually and has since visited in South Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand and Mongolia. Yes, all riding paradises.

It is open to BMW motorcycle owners around the world. Each participating country holds their own qualification round to find their representatives prior to the international event. Malaysians have participated in the last two editions as part of the Southeast Asia Team and Southeast Asia Women’s Team. Each team consists of 3 persons. Participants of previous International GS Trophy are not allowed to return to the challenge. However,  they are welcomed to coach their respective country’s candidates.

Inspired by BMW Motorrad’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Heiner Faust’s own experiences during a riding expedition in Central Asia, the competition challenge isn’t based on speed. Instead, the participants need to be skilled and smart riders, and rely on close teamwork.

That philosophy can be seen the types of challenges faced by the participants. They include pulling the bike out of a ditch, plugging a punctured tube, riding the bike through tough terrain and situations, so forth. Additionally, they have to answer questions about geography and navigation, and knowledge of their GS.

There will a total of 19 teams in 2020, representing 30 countries. There will also be an all-female international team.

BMW Motorrad did not mention if the teams will continue to ride the R 1200 GS or progress to the new R 1250 GS. However, our guess is for the former and it’ll be great to see them put to such tough tests during the event.

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  • BMW Motorrad Malaysia menjemput semua pemilik BMW GS untuk menyertai Pusingan Kelayakan Asia Tenggara BMW Motorrad Malaysia GS Trophy 2017 yang akan berlangsung dari 12 hingga 13 Ogos 2017.
  • Pemenang bagi pusingan kelayakan dua hari itu akan mendapat peluang untuk mewakili Malaysia sebagai sebahagian daripada pasukan Asia Tenggara dalam pertandingan BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy di Mongolia pada 2018.
  • Pendaftaran dibuka sekarang hingga 12 Julai 2017. Kesemua pemilik BMW GS dijemput mendaftar dan menyertai pusingan kelayakan ini.


BMW Motorrad Malaysia is inviting all BMW GS owners to join the BMW Motorrad Malaysia GS Trophy 2017 South East Asia Qualifier which will take place on the 12 to 13 August 2017.

The one winner of the two-day qualifying rounds will have the opportunity to represent Malaysia as part of the South East Asian team in the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition in Mongolia in 2018.

Registrations are open from now until 12 July 2017. All BMW GS owners are welcomed to join and participate in the qualifying rounds.

Calling all BMW GS owners! BMW Motorrad Malaysia has a challenge specifically for you. In conjunction with the BMW Motorrad Malaysia GS Trophy 2017 South East Asia Qualifier, all GS owners are invited to take part in the motorcycle riding endurance race covering a number of different riding terrains which will challenge your adventure riding skills and put them to the test. (more…)


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