Team AT/CH

Armin Schnyder:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
Since I was a child on two wheels at home. On a motorbike since I was 18. I developed my off-road passion while travelling, getting to solitary places by motorcycle via difficult routes and putting up a tent there.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
A very powerful ride feel without much need for tinkering.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
Riding the BMW HP2 for five days through the high sand dunes of Tunisia.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
Enjoy the country, the people and the team. I am hoping for difficult technical off-road conditions. To get back home in good health and with lots of positive impressions.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
5.Being there with people who have something in common.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
I hope it will continue to accompany me and my wife to the beautiful places of this earth in future.

What else would you like to tell us?
Many thanks to the sponsors and the organisational team. I look forward to an unforgettable experience.

Wilfried Schmidtmayr:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
I started riding children's motocross at the age of five. My father got me into it since he is a passionate motorcyclist himself.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
As my father has a motorcycle garage where he specialises in BMW motorcycles, I grew up with BMWs. I had plenty of opportunity to tinker with the motorcycles and now and again I took an off-road turn on a GS.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
Definitely the GS Challenge because it was amazing to speed over rough terrain with all those motorcycles.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
My aim is to do my best, which certainly won't be easy, but with good teamwork we are bound to have fun and maybe we'll even manage to win.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
Riding with all the other motorcyclists there is fascinating in itself, demonstrating once again that the GS really is built for on-road and off-road. The area in which the motorcycles will be riding and simply the whole event - it will be a great adventure.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
To enter the next GS Challenges, without a doubt. Next year I will venture a major tour through France where I hope to cover a lot of kilometres.

What else would you like to tell us?
I am really happy to be able to be involved in this event. I would have liked to have ridden with my brother, who was involved in the event in South Africa, but unfortunately it didn't work out for him. Otherwise many thanks, best regards from Vienna and see you soon in South America.

Martin Anrig:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
I've ridden a motorcycle since 1986. I've ridden a BMW GS since 1990. Riding over rough terrain was simply a necessity at the beginning since I travelled through North Africa on my GS. I got my first off-road experience crossing the Sahara in 1992 on a R 80 GS which was fully loaded with luggage. After then I was bitten by the bug and entered the beginner rally Raid de l'amitié in Morocco on my GS.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
For me the GS is the ideal travel companion. It doesn't matter if you are travelling more on roads or over rough terrain. It is good for carrying a passenger and has sufficient capacity for a somewhat larger amount of travel luggage.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
My most unusual enduro experience was taking part in the Raid de l’amitié in 1993. We rode off-road for around 5,000 kilometres right across Morocco. Navigation was by roadbook and compass. 300 motorcycles lined up for the start and 100 crossed the finishing line. I was one of those 100. I was also the only entrant on a BMW.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
Here is a link to the 1993 film document! http://blip.tv/irielord/raid-moto-le-raid-de-l-amitie-1993-au-maroc-3087120

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
As far as the GS Trophy is concerned I am looking forward to a great experience in an unfamiliar region. I hope the team quickly establishes good communication and manages a reasonable ranking at the end of it all.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
What fascinates me about the GS Trophy is that teams from all over the world get together in one of the fascinating landscapes for an off-road competition. I also regard it as a particular challenge to get integrated as a team of three people who have not met previously.


What else would you like to tell us?
When the time comes I would like to go off travelling on my GS once again and get to know interesting countries. Mongolia is fairly high on my list.
I think the GS Challenge is a great event and I enjoy it very much every year. I would like to thank BMW for the great motorcycles which have accompanied me now for over 20 years.