What a difference a year makes! In December 2006, BMW Motorrad made a small display of its enduro models in the trade area of the Super Cross-Over event in Munich, with the realisation that its future customers would be found at exhibition races such as this. Fast-forward to December 2007 and things have moved on considerably.
Next weekend’s Super Cross-Over event at Munich’s Olympiahalle will not only see the official unveiling and presentation of the 2008 BMW Motorrad Motorsport off-road team, but will also see the participation of factory riders Andi Lettenbichler and Jeff Goblet in Sunday’s enduro race that forms part of the 2007 FIM Enduro World Cup.
Furthermore, due to the phenomenal amount of interest that has resulted from BMW Motorrad’s participation in selected rounds of this year’s World Enduro Championship, as well as the recent world premier of the G 450 X sports enduro at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, a special display showcasing all the latest enduro models, Rider Equipment and accessories will be made in the Olympiahalle’s exhibition area.
Visitors to the Super Cross-Over event will also be entertained by a breathtaking variety of extreme two-wheeled races and displays throughout the weekend, including supercross, supermoto, freestyle motocross, enduro and even dirt jump mountain-biking. With moderation by TV presenter Collien Fernandes, and a ’race party’ every night, there should be more than enough action to satisfy even the most ’extreme’ motorsport fan.
The focus for BMW Motorrad though, will be on the continued development of the factory sports enduro. According to team manager Wolfgang Fischer, both Andi Lettenbichler and Jeff Goblet are looking forwards to the challenges of competing alongside many of the top enduro riders in the world next weekend in Munich.
"The world’s best enduro riders will be there, as well as all the top national guys, so this second round of the Enduro World Cup will be a good ’test bench’ for the team. Last weekend’s race in Barcelona was the first indoor event for Andi and a steep learning curve for both him and Jeff. They were disappointed to not make the final cut, but are hungry to make amends next weekend."
"It’s going to be a real challenge for the organisers to change the course from its Friday and Saturday supercross layout to the enduro track for Sunday’s action. They will need to flatten out some of the jumps and add logs, water, rocks etc. It’s better for us if the course is as technical as possible, but it will probably be very quick and intense, as there are several qualifying rounds and a ’last chance’ elimination to get through to determine the final riders for the main event. While the riders will have to push hard to finish in the top three in their qualification groups, one mistake could be all it takes to end their hopes, as the laps will be fairly short. That said, we’re not out there to try and win - what’s important for us is just to be there, to show people the new bike and engage with the crowds!"
BMW’s continued success over the past 12 months in many areas of off-road sport, such as the World Enduro Championship, Erzberg Prologue, Pikes Peak and European Cross Country events, has brought the brand to the attention of many dirt riders. For this reason, many race fans will be watching the BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory riders’ efforts closely, in anticipation of the launch of the production version of the exciting new G 450 X sports enduro in 2008.