Team Brasil

Aloisio Frazao Jr:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
I was 13 years old when my parents gave me my first motorbike: a small (and blue!) 50cc. We lived in a quiet country town, close to Sao Paulo. Since I wasn't --legally-- allowed to ride, my choice was to discover the wonders of the dirty roads and trails nearby. Now, 25 years later, I'm sure that all the mud, the dust and the people I met during all these early days were what made me love to be off road.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
The GS for me is the synonym of "discovery". The bike is so versatile, it allows me to commute in the city during the week and is perfect for the worst off-road conditions on the weekends. It's also so reliable, I don't have to worry about going as far as I can in the opposite direction from civilization.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
Maybe my first enduro was the most extreme AND extraordinary experience. I was about 16 years old, borrowed boots, gloves, BMX pants and registered for a +300km Enduro (Regularity) with a friend. It was a whole day struggling in amazingly hot weather and terrible navigation skills. We had to ride over a train track for more than an hour. It was like riding a speed bike on stairs... But at the end of the day me and my partner managed to finish in 2nd place. Complete luck, I swear!! But unforgettable.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
My main goal is to simply ENJOY. Of course, every participant would like to be one of the winners, and the Brazilian Team is ready to give its best to perform well in all the challenges, but being part of this event is already a dream come true. So, in my mind, the podium is every mountain, every river and every amazing view of these 2000 km.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
I have watched all the videos of the last two editions and I always imagined experiencing this myself one day. Being able to meet so many riders from all over the world and -- most importantly -- that share the same passion, will be fantastic. The format BMW has designed for the GS Trophy is great because of this. Amateur riders are able to be part of an extremely professional and well organized event. I can't wait to see the views, taste the foods, see the local people in the small villages and, at the end of the day, share all these experiences and impressions with the other riders. Everything there will be new for each of us.

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
Riding a motorbike is my life. Discovering new places, far from big cities, noise and stress, just adds more importance to it. I know I can count on my GS to take me as far as I want and to let me keep doing what I love most: explore and discover things and places that are hidden at the end of a really bad road. That's my goal.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
Thanks guys! My happiness is UNSTOPPABLE!!

Marco Ricciardi:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
Since I was 5/6 years old, my passion for off-road started at the same time because I learnt to ride in a farm, near the outdoors.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Endurance, non-stop power, passion, respect for the environment, and a unique lifestyle.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
I entered the "Rally dos Sertões" (1996 & 1997) twice, in an amateur class.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
Getting ready physically, mentally and spiritually for a unique adventure/experience in my life.
The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
EVERYTHING. This is the only word to define this question.

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
Never separate me from her !!!! Her name is Dolores....

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I really love this brand. I want to give big thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

Weimar Pettengill:

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and how did you develop your passion for off-road riding?
My father bought a motorbike when I was 13. I used it more than him, I think. After 28 years, the mental age is still 13, I ride every day.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
After 15 years away, without it, GS awoke me one more time to engage in adventures with motorbikes. The power, the grip, and the “losing grip”. The landscapes, and friendship.

What was your most extreme or unusual enduro experience to date?
I have travelled around Brazil and South America, discovering landscapes. My last journey, called “Paralelo 15”, began in Brasília / Brazil. It was a 24-day solo trip, 10,000 km, across Pantanal, Bolivia and Peru, returning through the Amazon forest.

What are your goals for the GS Trophy 2012?
I’m an ultramarathon devotee, and I like the rhythm of 10-12 hours a day non-stop activity.

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What do you find most fascinating about it?
The possibility to explore unknown routes, push the limits and make new friends.

What other goals do you wish to achieve in the long term with your GS?
I expect to improve skills, get many stories to share, and become a true GS Trophy rider.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about?
I’m ready today. Let’s ride.