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Author: Alun Davies

To ensure that as many GS owners as possible have the chance to enter this qualifying round, BMW Motorrad is making a fleet of off-road bikes available for competitors to ride in the event. For just £50 any GS owner will be able to enter the GS Trophy and hire a BMW bike for the competition.

All entrants will be divided into four groups, with each group competing in separate heats taking place throughout the day of Saturday 5 June, at the Walters Arena, Glyn-Neath, the home of BMW Off Road Skills.

The simple two hour test will start with a briefing where instructors will offer riding hints and tips. Then each competitor will negotiate a specially designed off-road course under the watchful eye of seven-times Dakar competitor, Simon Pavey, BMW Off Road Skills Chief Instructor, and his team of judges.

The top five riders in each heat will then qualify for a final, tougher, riding test on Sunday 6 June, all riding F 800 GS bikes. The final three competitors, judged to be the best to represent their country at the GS Trophy Final, will then be chosen.

Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrad’s Marketing Manager, said: “By supplying a fleet of BMW bikes for entrants to use we have been able to make the UK GS Trophy Qualifying event much more accessible to a wider range of GS owners, whilst also delivering better value to the competitors.

“The GS Qualifier will now coincide with Touratech’s Travel Event taking place nearby – offering spectators and entrants a full weekend of adventure motorcycling entertainment, including both on and off-road demo rides, chat shows, displays and special offers.”

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To book a place on the 2010 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Qualifying call 08000 131 282.

More information about the Touratech Travel Event is available on their website  or call 01639 841765.

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