|10-30-2007, 03:56 PM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: Crestwood, Kentucky
BMW is going offroad racing in the US!!!
Its now official!
BMW has officially announced that it will be entering the 2008 Grand National Cross Country series with a two bike team managed by Kentucky's own, Scott Summers. BMW will be using the new G450 sport enduro that it has been developing in Europe this past year.
The two team riders have yet to be signed, but they will be top rate competitors.
BMW entered a G450 in this past weekend's Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, IN. Finnish rider Simo Kirssi, team manager Wolfgang Fischer and mechanic Juho Kirssi and the G450 came to Louisville to set up for the race and I acted as team driver to haul the group to the race. Joel Smets, the other half of the European race team had a schedule conflict and could not make the trip. This turned out to be unfortunate as Simo took a high speed tumble on the first lap and was unable to continue.
BMW had several top American and European riders riding the bike after the event as part of their team selection process. We can probably expect an announcement about the riders in the next few weeks.
Scott Summers will also act as BMW's off road ambassador and will be participating in other off-road events and, hopefully, some AMA dual sport rides. He think he may ride a G650 X-Challenge on some occasions.
By the way, Jimmy Lewis, editor of Dirt Rider magazine and a some-time BMW race rider, rode a stock R1200GS HP2, yes, that big blue BMW that we took to eastern KY last spring, in the event and finished the two hours to the amazement of all.
The new 450 will be introduced as a street legal sport enduro machine later in 2008. It will be fuel injected and will weigh a few kilos less than its European and Japanese competitors.
It looks like the off road world will be getting more exciting in 2008.
1998 RMX 250 singletrack bike
96 XR600 adventure bike
KY state Vet A offroad champion
TAT and TWVT survivor
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