2016 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Chiangmai -21

After five days of challenging single-track, dusty trails and skill-stretching special tests, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy South-East Asia 2016 concluded in the hilly resort town of Chiang Doi. This challenging test of riding skills and machine reliability was won by Team South Africa, comprising of John Harris, Byron Coetsee and Charl Moolman with 299 points,

Team Germany and Team UK tied for second place with 268 points. Team South-East Asia, with Malaysian rider Mohd Faizal Sukree, Peerapat Woratham from Thailand, and Tommy Lee Boon Jun from Singapore came in joint 16th place with Japan, recording 138 points.

The previous days racing in Wassan Raja saw participants acknowledging it as the toughest day’s racing yet, with 157 km of riding that took in parts of the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail. The GS Adventure proved its worth over the five days competition, with zero mechanical failures reported, aside from punctures, broken clutch levers and the like, but nothing that would have stopped a rider from completing the course.

At the end of the day’s challenges, that included teamwork necessary for riding across rocky trails to reach the top of a hill, and a “pit stop” where teams had to change three colour-coded rear wheels, Team South Africa emerged in the lead, with Team Germany and Team UK following closely behind.

As the competition concluded for 2016, organisers were tight-lipped over where the 2018 edition of the Trophy would be held, save that to say it would continue on the theme of “One World GS”, and encourage the family feeling and camaraderie of previous competitions.