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Team India riders selected for BMW GS Trophy 2020

Three BMW GS owners have been selected from India to participate in the GS Trophy 2020 being held in New Zealand

Karan Singh

BMW’s GS Trophy is held every two years in different locations, with a dozen national teams from around the world competing for the trophy. There are tough daily stages as well as special challenges where teams battle it out, all while touring some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The BMW GS Trophy qualifiers were held in Goa last weekend, and three experienced GS riders have been selected to represent India in the final round in New Zealand.

The Selection

Team India riders selected for BMW GS Trophy 2020

More than 75 BMW GS owners participated in the Indian National Qualifier. Individual riders gave it their best to come out on top in competitive stages replicating challenges faced in the International GS Trophy including hardcore adventure riding and teamwork challenges. Special tests included a display of riding capability, technique, navigation, fitness, mental alertness and mechanical skills. Riders score points leading to a final where top scorers compete for the three team positions.

The top 3 riders from this gruel selection were picked to represent Team India: HK Naik from Bangalore, Shakeel Basha from Coimbatore and V Sathyananth from Tirupur.

The International GS Trophy 2020

Team India riders selected for BMW GS Trophy 2020

The International BMW GS Trophy is held every two years, in 2020 the Trophy will be held from February 9-16, 2020 in New Zealand. New Zealand offers an ideal terrain with high plateaus and mountain peaks with heights of well over 3000 meters as well as fjord landscapes, countless uplands and woodlands – the best conditions for muddy trails and grueling challenges. The GS Trophy will have teams from India, Australia, China, France, Italy, Japan, Latin America, Malaysia/Philippines, Mexico, Middle East and many other countries! BMW provides riders with the bike they will be using for the GS Trophy, this year it is the BMW F 850 GS.