BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Wraps Up in Thailand

The team from South Africa took the win at the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016 in Thailand.
The team from South Africa took the win at the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016 in Thailand.

The fifth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy has come to a close after seven days of hard riding, with a win by the South African team. The fifth edition brought together 19 teams of three riders each, plus one embedded journalist per team, representing 25 nations for a seven-day 600-mile trek through the forests, jungles and mountains of Northern Thailand. The riding was possibly the most technical yet, as the riders guided their BMW R 1200 GS bikes along single-track trails more akin to enduro racing than adventure competition.

Held every two years since 2008, the GS Trophy is an international competition held by BMW Motorrad that gives everyday riders the chance to represent their country and challenge themselves through seven days of off-road riding, with numerous special skills tests. The event is only open to amateur riders (professional trainers or those who have ever held a race license are not eligible), and once a rider has competed he or she cannot return for another chance.

Team USA: Charles Lucht, Dennis Godwin, and Thomas Asher.
Team USA: Charles Lucht, Dennis Godwin, and Thomas Asher.

Team USA, comprised of Charles Lucht, Dennis Godwin and Thomas Asher, finished a respectable 8th place. Here’s what they had to say about what it was like to represent the USA on an international stage and tackle the toughest adventure riding challenge in the world:

One of the obstacle courses during the GS Trophy in Thailand.
One of the obstacle courses during the GS Trophy in Thailand.

“The whole event is everything I expected and then some. The accommodations are incredible, the food is off the chart, the riding is even further off the chart, everyone is cool, we’re busy all the time, the special tests have been ingenious, fun, interesting…it’s really been a great-great experience.” –Dennis Godwin

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“The bike is awesome, if I had remembered to reactivate the ABS and traction control I’d not have crashed on day one—that was 100% operator error, I ran out of talent! I have an 800 GS, but I’m changing up to the 1200 GS now. This has been the best test drive I’ve taken in my entire life!” – Charles Lucht

BMW-GS-Trophy-2016-obstacle-hilltopBelow is a highlight video from GS Trophy, the final results and selected photos from the event.

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016 – Final Results

1 – South Africa                                 299 pts

2 (tie) – Germany                             268 pts

2 (tie) – UK                                        268 pts

4 – Central Europe                           254 pts

5 – Latin America                              244 pts

6 – Brazil                                            242 pts

7 – China                                            234 pts

8 – USA                                               229 pts

9 – France                                          208 pts

10 – Italy                                            200 pts

11 – Argentina                                  188 pts

12 – Mexico                                       181 pts

13 – Russia                                        180 pts

14 – Canada                                      176 pts

15 – South Korea                              146 pts

16 – Japan                                         138 pts

17 – Southeast Asia                          138 pts

18 – Austria/Switzerland                 117 pts

19 – International Female Team     116 pts

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