While it is known the 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy race will held in New Zealand, it has been announced that, for the first time, the race will be a point to point journey and not a loop. Additionally, the two-wheeled weapon of choice for BMW’s overland trophy race will be the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS and not the R 1200 GSA, as in previous editions.

The race will encompass both the North and South islands of New Zealand and will take place from February 9 to 16, 2020. A combined Malaysia/Phillipines team in amongst the list of entries, which also sees first time participation from the Middle East, North Africa and the Netherlands.

Now in its seventh edition, the BMW GS Trophy race was first held in Tunisia, followed by Southern Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand and most recently Mongolia. National teams are drawn from various countries around the world, including an all-female team from the top three female riders from the list of participants, who are selected during qualifying rounds.

Using a liquid-cooled parallel-twin that produces 95 hp at 8,250 rpm and 95 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm, the F 850 GS is BMW Motorrad’s middleweight adventure bike, replacing the popular F 800 GS. In Malaysia, the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS retails at RM79,500 on-the-road, excluding insurance.

GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad F 850 GS