ON THE GS!
The India qualifiers of the BMW GS Trophy qualifiers saw three owners being selected for the finals
MW MOTORRAD MAY HAVE entered India only earlier this year, but that didn’t stop them from bringing the GS Trophy. The 2018 GS trophy has teams from all over the world participate nationwise, with the finals being held in Mongolia next year. However, before that, each country has qualifier rounds, and the India qualifiers were held in Goa last month.
The entire GS Trophy qualifier was held over three days – the first day saw the competitors learning the basics of riding off-road from Tomm Wolf, who is fondly called Mr GS. Over 40 owners who turned up with their GS motorcycles, were given a crash course in what to expect in the next couple of days and were flung straight in to the deep end – the qualifiers. The group was narrowed down to the top 10 by the end of day two. These ten went headto-head and only three were selected for the international finals.
There were a bunch of tasks they had to complete that tested the breadth of their skills – right from stopping the bike on a slope, walking the bike along a designated path, crossing ditches and a tight track that tested manoeuvrability. At the end of the day, it was Sanket Shanbhag from Satara, Suprej Venkat from Coimbatore and Winston Lee from Mumbai that came out on top and will represent Team India at the International GS Trophy. These three will be flown down to Mongolia, and will be presented with personalised GS bikes to ride for the duration of the event. ⌧
Above: Meet team India! (From L-R) Sanket Shanbhag, Suprej Venkat and Winston Lee