ON THE GS!

The In­dia qual­i­fiers of the BMW GS Tro­phy qual­i­fiers saw three own­ers be­ing se­lected for the fi­nals

Evo India - - BMW GS TROPHY - WORDS by AATISH MISHRA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY by RO­HIT G MANE & BMW IN­DIA

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

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