2016 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Chiangmai - 13

The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Southeast Asia 2016 kicked off yesterday in Chiangmai, Thailand. Starting at 8.30 am at the Rim Doi resort in Chiang Doi, Argentina took the first stage win, with 19 points. There are 19 teams taking part in this year’s edition of the race, comprising of riders of various nationalities, including an all-female team.

Malaysia is represented by Mohd Faizal Sukree, 39, a businessman, who is racing under the Team South-East Asia banner. His team-mates are Peerapat Woratham from Thailand, 44, an engineer, and Tommy Lee Boon Jun from Singapore, also a businessman. The team is currently in joint 18th place with Team Alps with nine points.

The first day of racing saw participants being challenged by 170 km of trail riding, with two special stages in-between. The first special stage, won by Team Germany, saw racers pushing their bikes, with engines running, down a track leading to the remains of a bridge, then push the bikes up and over an angled bridge section before lowering them over a metre to the ground below.

The second special stage was a “slow race” that pitted riders against the clock, but for the slowest time to complete a sandy course, with each team lining up three abreast to literally take the longest time to ride from point A to point B. Points were deducted if the engine stalled, or feet touched the ground. Team South Africa took the honours for this stage.