Team Germany

Alexander Métayer:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
Actually everything started quite differently ...
My original goal of becoming a school teacher for French and encouraging school kids to take up sport has been neglected so far. Just when I took my school-leaving exams, the DT 80 LC was exchanged for an XT 600. Instead of taking my final university exams I got into KTM and the up-and-coming teacher turned into an eager enduro student.
The foundations were laid early on - I soon decided that it was quicker to cover the long, bothersome route to school on two wheels than by taking the bus. It also seemed much quicker to get to university if you knew the shortcut through the Stadtwald in Stuttgart. The enduro bug took its toll and soon had me in its iron grip - after all, the fun of turning the throttle grip on a rough track in the early morning also meant I could spent those crucial few more minutes in bed.
Although I never really developed serious racing ambitions, I quickly got to know interesting individuals who were actively competitive. In 1994 I helped Norbert Schilcher with his preparations for the Dakar rally on a Honda Dominator. In 1996 I was involved in the big desert spectacle myself, supporting a six-strong team of German riders. These were: Jürgen Mayer, Norbert Schilcher, Stefan Schweitzer, Laurenz Biege, Georg Schlotmann and the superb Andrea Mayer.
In terms of my career I was also drawn to the motorcycling environment. What could make more sense from a geographical point of view than to take a closer look at the Stuttgart-based publishing company Motor Presse Verlag. In subsequent years I organised safety training programs and courses on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, nationwide competitions, trade fairs and other events for the magazine Motorrad. In fact my old passion almost got neglected as there was rarely any time to go out and "get dirty".
Things are now a lot better in this regard, however: for ten years I have been running my own travel company and with the support of BMW Motorrad enduro riders of all levels I travel through the most beautiful and interesting landscapes in Europe and North Africa.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Gaston Rahier and my first entry in the GS Trophy 2008 in Tunisia.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
Being towed on a BMW R 1100 GS by an MAN truck through the Libyan desert over a distance of 90 km hanging on a 10-metre rescue belt.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
"...To leave tracks ..."

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
The fact that it is an adventure you can't buy - and the destination of South America is a dream.

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
To get as many other motorcyclists as possible to discover the fascinating synthesis of enduro and travel. And another qualification for the GS Trophy 2014 would be welcome ...

What else would you like to tell us?
Even big boys like playing in the dirt!

Thomas Donnecker:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
Since I was 12. It was through my father - he entered races and took me along.

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Off-road adventures and an exceptional motorcycle

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
24h Race Torgan with BMW Touratech.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012
To leave tracks

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
The range of different tasks and challenges. Big boys like playing in the dirt - here it can be done on an international scale with like-minded individuals!

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
To go round the world on the GS. (in 3 months)

What else would you like to tell us?
I wish everyone a great time and hope everyone achieves the goals they set themselves.

Tobias Weiser:

Since when do you ride motorbikes and how did it come to your passion for off road?
September 28th, 2004 - the day my friend Norbert put me on his 1150 cc GS - that was all it took ...

What do you associate with the BMW Motorrad GS?
Emotion, fun, attitude, the excitement of travelling and unforgettable experiences.

What has been your most extreme or extraordinary Enduro experience?
IGE 3-hour Enduro on an HP2, 1 hour of which was spent on rescue because the bike was stuck in the mud, or a 40km tow on two bikes because the oil sump couldn't handle the rock going up Monte Cinto on Corsica.

What are the goals you set yourself for the GS Trophy 2012?
... To leave tracks ...

The GS Trophy is a unique event. What fascinates you the most about ist?
Big boys like playing in the dirt ;) Here it can be done on an international scale with like-minded individuals!

What further goals you would like to achieve with your GS?
It's not where you're going but how you get there, though unfortunately the destination sometimes gets in the way!

What else would you like to tell us?
The shortest distance between two places just happens to be cross-country!