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GS Trophy 2014: Competition to be Held in North America!
For the first time in its history, the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in the northern hemisphere, with 16 teams composed of participants from at least 18 nations set to rendezvous in Canada to compete in this friendly competition dedicated to the famous GS spirit.
Having first begun in Tunisia in 2008 with just five countries involved, the biennial GS Trophy gathered momentum in 2010, where twice as many teams lined up to represent their nations and do battle in the heat and dust of southern Africa. For 2012, the third – and biggest edition of the GS Trophy to date – brought 15 teams together for a seven-day, 1,200-mile (2,000-km) adventure in Chile and Argentina.
Following a period of sustained and detailed research, the destination of western Canada was decided on, with the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta chosen to host the fourth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy. While details are still being finalized, expect the Trophy to travel between Vancouver and Calgary, and to cross the Rocky Mountains.
So far, teams from Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, CEEU (Central Eastern Europe), USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Korea will join host nation Canada early in September 2014 for this nine-day ‘Olympic Games’ for GS riders from all around the world.
Finally being able to make the announcement about the 2014 event is a huge relief for GS Trophy organizer Michael Trammer, who comments, “People have been asking me about this for a long time so I’m delighted to now be able to say that we’re going to Canada for our fourth international event. It’s an amazing country – the second biggest in the world – and we’ve worked closely with our Canadian BMW Motorrad colleagues to plan locations and itineraries so that riders from many different cultures and backgrounds, but all sharing the same love for GS bikes, will be able to ride these wonderful bikes in such incredible landscapes.
“Furthermore, I’m delighted to say that next year, all participants will be using the liquid-cooled R1200GS to contest the Trophy, which will be the first time that the competition is featuring the large-capacity travel enduro. For the three previous events, we’ve used the outstanding F800GS which has served us extremely well, but we feel it’s now time to demonstrate the ability and agility of our big sports boxer as the ultimate ‘go anywhere’ motorcycle.”
For BMW Motorrad Canada’s Motorcycle Manager Norm Wells, hosting the 2014 event is a great opportunity to show GS enthusiasts from around the world the rugged beauty of this huge, densely forested but sparsely populated nation that spans six time zones, contains 20 percent of the world’s fresh water and the majority of the world’s polar bears!
“It’s great for our GS community that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada next year,” he said. “We’ve supported this big international event with teams in 2010 and 2012, but we’ve also had our own ‘GS Challenges’ on the east and west side of the country for several years prior to this. A BMW GS bike is the perfect machine on which to explore Canada, and although we’ll only be showing our international visitors a tiny part of what our nation has to offer, you can be sure that routes and challenges will be chosen so that all participants get the best possible experience of the ‘big country’ next September.”
16/11 2013 KTM mourns the loss of Kurt Caselli
Kurt, part of the Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM team competing in this desert race, was in a leading position when he suffered a crash that resulted in severe head trauma. He died of his injuries in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The team, who have now recovered Kurt's bike discovered traces on the machine that indicate he had collided with some animal, which apparently caused the crash.
Kurt, 30, was an accomplished American offroad and desert rider but he had also made a successful transition to international rallies for the KTM Factory Team. He was admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. While Kurt was one of the most popular figures on the KTM team, he was also an unmatched role model for young riders and fans.
Passionate about his sport, he had multiple consecutive championships in WORCS and National Hare and Hound racing and had been the lead rider for the USA International Six Days Enduro team for the past ten years. In January 2013, Kurt was drafted into the official KTM Rally team to ride in the Dakar Rally, replacing his friend and factory teammate Marc Coma, who was injured. Kurt’s debut ride in the 2013 Dakar Rally was impressive. He was subsequently given a permanent spot on the KTM Rally team and was preparing to contest the Dakar 2014 and the FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship in the coming season.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports: “Today we lost a KTM hero in the worst possible circumstances. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Kurt’s family. Kurt was much more than a very talented rider; he was also an exceptional team player. He represented and lived by the values and a passion for racing that lies at the very core of KTM. Our sport has lost more than a great rider; we have also lost an excellent ambassador for offroad racing.”
Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America: ”We at KTM can't put into context the loss everyone in the motorcycling community is experiencing. Beyond his racing successes and talent as a rider, Kurt was above all else a core member of our greater off-road family that simply can't be replaced. Kurt inspired the KTM family to keep pushing the limits of racing. He was the driving force behind our renewed efforts in Baja, Hare & Hound and the International Six Days Enduro. His work ethic, attitude and graciousness will never be matched.”
Antti Kallonen, Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager: “The loss of Kurt is immense to the sport, our team and to our family. Kurt has been on KTM his entire professional career. Even in the early years he brought something special to the off-road environment by bringing a leadership role like no other. He had the uncanny ability to bring a team together for efforts big and small. Professional motorcycle racing is always considered an individual sport, but Kurt made it a team sport. Whenever there was an opportunity to lead, help, inspire, advise or coach Kurt went into it like he went into a race—completely prepared, completely confident and knowing he could win. Kurt was the most galvanizing force I’ve ever seen. Those who knew him were lucky. Those of us who got to work with him were blessed”.
Kurt Caselli will be deeply missed by the entire KTM family, his teammates, his fellow competitors and by his fans all over the world. At this time of acute sadness, the KTM management and the entire KTM international family extend their heartfelt condolences to the Caselli family.
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Max Mercier Safety Funds and Dion Device offer 200 MAX GUARD front brake lever protectors
The Max Mercier Safety Funds, run by Michel Mercier, Max's father and by Rahul Dua and his racing team, will donate with Dion Device a MAX GUARD front brake lever protector to all riders entered for the final round of the RACE Super Series to be held from September 20 to 22nd 2013, at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Ontario. The MAX GUARD is a special edition of the Dion Device front brake lever protector. They were manufactured at only 200 copies. Each MAX GUARD is numbered and bears the number 11; young Maxime Mercier’s racing number. They come in a beautiful box containing a nice portrait of Max and a short story of the fund, in order to honor his memory.
These 200 MAX GUARD will be distributed Friday & Saturday, September 20 & 21st 2013 at Shannonville Motorsport Park in the FAST Riding School shop.
Max passed away June 12, 2005, following a racing accident in which his front brake lever came accidently in contact with another competitor. To prevent such accidents from happening again, designer Stéphane Dion developed the Dion Device, a front brake lever protector that prevents any contact with the front brake lever of a motorcycle.
The Max Mercier Safety Funds, investing in promoting the safety of motorcycle track riders bought 200 MAX GUARD front brake lever protector at a very special price to donate them to the motorcycle road racers, starting with the Race Series who has supported the Max Mercier Safety Funds since its very beginning. The main mission of the Max Mercier Safety Funds is to help make the motorcycle track riding sport safer.
Dion Device is a company specialized in the protection of motorcycle riders. It manufactures a patented front brake lever protector, adaptable to almost all bikes, which prevents accidental contact with the front brake lever of the bike. For more information about Dion Device, visit the company website: www.DionDevice.com
For more information or comments, please use: maxmerciersafetyfunds@outlook.
2014 Ducati Superbike 899 Panigale
- Highly anticipated 899 Panigale unveiled by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, at VW Group Night on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt
- The stunning “Supermid”model offers a new way to access the world of Ducati Superbikes
- 899 Panigale continues monocoque concept, Superquadro engine and benchmark electronics
Cal Crutchlow with Ducati beginning next season
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BMW Motorrad continues its strategic realignment in motorsport.
BMW Motorrad is continuing its long-term strategic realignment of the brand. This strategy also affects BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s activities, which as a next step will also be restructured. At the end of the 2013 season, BMW Motorrad Motorsport will terminate its factory involvement in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The main focus and some of the resources of BMW Motorrad’s commitment to sport will switch to other motorsport activities like the successful international customer sports programme from 2014 on.
“BMW Motorrad Motorsport will end its involvement in the World Superbike Championship after this season”, explained Stephan Schaller, General Director BMW Motorrad. “This is consistent with the strategic realignment of our brand. BMW Motorrad will now focus on the further expansion of the very successful product portfolio over 500 cc, the expansion of product segments under 500 cc, e-mobility and the development of market potential in emerging economies like Brazil and Asia. Only those who act consistently today are well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. BMW Motorrad will remain involved in motorsport and in doing so we will focus on the international customer sport in all its facets. I want to thank everybody who has supported us on this long and successful journey.”
“The team is a very professional and motivated group of people and I am sure they will continue to do everything to end the season on a high note”, commented Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. “Twenty thirteen is a good year, the atmosphere within the team is great and also our riders, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, are doing an excellent job. We are satisfied with the current results and, of course, we will keep working hard. Therefore I am convinced we can celebrate more successes with Marco and Chaz as the season goes on. I am sorry about the decision, but I understand the strategic decision making of the company. I want to thank all the people who are involved in this project.”
BMW Motorrad Motorsport has run a successful worldwide customer sport programme for several years. From the beginning, customer teams and riders have celebrated numerous victories and titles in international and national championships with the BMW S 1000 RR. From the start of this season, some of them have also fielded the brand new DDC equipped BMW HP4, and celebrated several race wins. Details of the increased future commitment in customer sport will be announced in due course.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport entered the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2009. After a learning phase, it has established itself of a winning team in this highly contested series. To date, the German manufacturer has celebrated 11 race wins and a total of 33 podium finishes with the race version of the BMW S 1000 RR. The most successful season so far was 2012, when BMW finished runner-up in the manufacturers’ classification and fought for both the manufacturers’ and the riders’ titles until the very last race.
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BMW Motorrad achieves an all-time high in sales
BMW Motorrad achieved an all-time high in sales for the first six months of the year, with sales climbing 9.7% to 64,941 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 59,189). Strong gains were made in the month of June, with sales surging 22.1% to 12,541 vehicles (prev. yr. 10,271).
Attendance record at the 13th BMW Motorrad Days
Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 13th BMW Motorrad Days from July 5th to 7th 2013 was a success across the board. Last year's record attendance was outdone once again with a total of over 40,000 visitors from all over the world. Perfect biker weather, a record crowd, the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad and the richly diverse program of events and activities provided the perfect setting for the world's biggest BMW motorcycle get-together.
A promising start
On Thursday evening more than 700 bikers came to the Warm-Up Party at the BMW Museum in Munich to get into the mood for a superb weekend at the foot of the Zugspitz massif. Already on Friday there was a huge turn-out with attendance figures eventually exceeding all expectations. This was hardly surprising: in addition to all the attractions, new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars and test rides, guests were also attracted by the event's now legendary party atmosphere.
Visitors from 40 nations.
Three days were spent at the Hausberg in Garmisch with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure. Whether in the party tent, round the camp fire, on test rides or in the exhibition area - the spirit that bonds the friends of BMW Motorrad into one big community could be felt everywhere, regardless of age, origins or gender. Fans both with and without a motorcycle came not just from Germany and neighbouring countries but from 40 countries around the world. The longest journey was probably undertaken by a visitor who took the land route from China on this BMW.
Word has clearly got around that boredom is simply not an option at this event - and the program certainly offered lots of new, interesting and breathtaking activities. As a result, the 1.5-hectare camping area was full up throughout the entire weekend, and even though all beds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding district were booked up, all guests still managed to find suitable accommodation in the area.
A journey through time: nine decades of BMW Motorrad.
At the BMW Classic tent there was a special exhibition entitled
"90 Years of BMW Motorrad" which took visitors off on a journey through time: milestones of the brand's history were displayed over an area of 500 square metres. These included the R32 dating back to 1923 and the K1, not to mention motor racing legends such as Gaston Rahier's winning bike at the Dakar Rally and various prototypes. And the new book "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" was presented in public for the first time.
On Friday evening, guests joined up for the Classic Convoy with their vintage BMW motorcycles - including some genuine rarities.
New models and exciting studies.
BMW Motorrad presented the current model range such as the new
F 800 GS Adventure at the big exhibition tent, not to mention an extensive range of rider equipment.
Visitors were especially keen to see the BMW Concept Ninety, a concept study based closely on the BMW Motorrad design icon BMW R 90 S that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Roland Sands had been closely involved in creating the study with his customer bike design team and was in Garmisch in person to present this modern interpretation of a sporty boxer motorcycle.
The fact that this machine not only looks good but also moves fast was demonstrated by BMW Motorrad head designer Edgar Heinrich and American racing biker Valerie Thompson, who rode it for the first ever BMD Classic Boxer Sprint. Valerie Thompson is the fastest woman in the world on a BMW S 1000 RR and holds five speed records.
Top German model, TV host and actress Alena Gerber presented the electrically-powered pre-series scooter prototype C evolution in the event area.
Successful premiere for the BMD Classic Boxer Sprint.
The 1st BMD Classic Boxer Sprint was, organised by BMW Motorrad in collaboration with Team Glemseck 101. Enthusiastic fans lined Sankt-Martin-Strasse on Saturday afternoon to see a total of 32 entrants compete with each other in pair-based knock-out contest over a distance of one furlong. The event was only open to BMW motorcycles with a boxer engine. Winner Fabio Macaccini from Rimini/Italy rode to victory on his converted R 1200 R against a magnificent scenic backdrop, thereby qualifying for one of Glemseck
Stunt shows - a real crowd-puller.
The Original Motodrom put in its first appearance in Garmisch and proved to be a real crowd-puller. The oldest travelling wall-of-death in the world, it features professional riders - including one from Malaysia - performing the most amazing motorcycle acrobatics. They rattled over the wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians, apparently defying the laws of gravity. The show was so popular that twice as many sessions were run than originally planned to cope with demand, especially on the Saturday.
And there was another premiere in Garmisch, too: British stuntman Russ Swift displayed breathtaking tricks in his MINI, demonstrating that two-wheel travel is also possible in a car.
One of the world's leading streetbike freestyle riders and four-times world stunt champion, Chris Pfeiffer is a long-established highlight at the BMW Motorrad Days. On his BMW F 800 R he once again performed a breathtaking show on the asphalt of the event arena, as well as giving an impressive display of what is possible on a new R 1200 GS.
The event arena was also the stage for the "One World Tour" film: five enduro adventurers set off on five unique tours all over the world on their R 1200 GS and report on what they experienced. Meanwhile, speakers such as Michael Martin were at the US Lodge to talk about their motorcycle adventures around the globe.
Trade fair atmosphere at the foot of the Hausberg.
Over 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad came to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training). There was also a Custom Bike Area for customer-specific conversions which even included a stand representing the legendary Ace Cafe London.
There was a lot for motor racing fans to enjoy, too: rather than being parked in the paddock of the World Superbike Championship, the truck of the BMW Motorrad racing team was to be seen at the BMW Motorrad Days for the entire weekend. World class riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies as well as superbike legend Troy Corser were happy to sign autographs and answer fans' questions.
Celebrity motorcycling enthusiasts were not in short supply in Garmisch either: actor and motorcyclist Hannes Jaenicke has long been a regular, for example.
BMW Motorrad at first hand - on or off the road.
Test ride activities featuring the BMW Motorrad model range were once again highly popular, and try-outs on the BMW C evolution prototypes featuring the innovative electric drive were a special attraction.
There were a total of more than 2,400 visitor test rides on new products in the course of the weekend including try-outs, on-road test rides and trials in the Hausberg enduro area measuring over 10,000 square metres. Over 800 off-road fans also took training courses at the BMW Enduro Park, where the entire GS model range was available.
Party mood at the Hausberg.
The BMW Motorrad Days without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! While Gerry & Gary rocked the big Party Tent and its 3,500 guests on Friday night, the Root Bootleg Band provided top-class rock 'n roll at the Original Motodrom. Meanwhile, Juicy and DJ Robert got things started at the US Lodge. The
"One World Tour" was shown here at midnight on Friday and Saturday.
The Booze Boms took care of the rock 'n roll in the Motodrom on Saturday evening while Blechblosn and the Radio Gong DJ team got guests into the groove at the Party Tent. Los Gringos and Dreirad played until 3 in the morning on Saturday, with DJ Robert at the turntable.
For those who preferred a romantic camp fire under a starlit sky, Byron offered excellent entertainment on his guitar, while the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague played for the Days' first ever jazz breakfast held at the beer garden on Sunday.
Positive final assessment after an exceptional weekend.
Thanks to perfect organisation, the entire event went off without a hitch once again. The catering was excellent. This year total consumption included
25,000 litres of beer, 10,000 pretzels, 1,500 burgers and 4,800 grilled chicken halves.
In spite of the record attendance, the 13th edition of the world's biggest
BMW Motorrad party once again went off peacefully and without any significant incidents. Visitors, exhibitors and the police were more than satisfied.
BMW Motorrad Days are a great opportunity for the BMW Motorrad Community to get together every year to ride their bikes, party, talk shop and keep up with the latest products. As the organisers we are of course especially pleased to see how well guests responded to attractions such as the Sprint and the Motodrom wall-of-death riders. And I can promise all fans and guests that we will come up with a very special program once again for the 14th Motorrad Days next year (July 4th - 6th 2014)."