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GS Trophy 2018 Mongolia – Day 4 Recap

 More tough challenges for riders in the hilly terrain of the Gobi Desert.

Published on 06.06.2018
GS Trophy 2018 Day 4

This morning brought the calm after the storm, for last night at Camp Gobi Erdene the 2018 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy was battered by high winds. This tested the tent erecting expertise of the GS riders and a few found they needed urgent help to save their camping equipment! The wind blew hard all night, but fortunately – and no doubt through great design from Marmot – all the tents survived.

All of which was tough preparation for a long day ahead, as today the GS Trophy was back to its best with a 283km course to negotiate, all off road and much of it in sand – this being part of the Gobi Desert region. So again the scenery thrilled the riders as they were treated to truly vast landscapes passing through canyons, crossed sand hills, then off across seemingly never ending plains. The riding became difficult as sand overcame the gravel frequently, so much so that riders had to work hard to maintain momentum and balance in the sand washes. Just as well, temperatures were cooler today.

GS Trophy 2018 Day 4

At the halfway point they encountered their first special test of the day, ‘Lava Canyon’ – a bike towing exercise that’s something of a tradition in the International GS Trophy. Only this time they needed to tow in deep sand, up and down hilly trail. After this came more plains to cross, so vast the riders could ride line abreast (nine bikes) if they pleased, so no one had to ride in the dust clouds. The last kilometres were reminiscent of a mogul run in skiing as the trail weaved enticingly through rocky outcrops before descending onto the impressive Camp Ongiin Nuuts for the finish.

GS Trophy 2018 Day 4

But before the riders could rest, the second special test of the day came — the ‘Marmot Challenge.’ Here the teams needed to erect one of their two-person tents, two people had to climb in, then climb out again and speedily pack it away – against the clock of course. Given the extreme camping of the night before, this was a simple task. But as always with the GS Trophy, some are better than others…

So we can’t forget the competition itself, and now with three days of special test results accumulated its reigning champions South Africa who have again taken a commanding lead, as ever they’re a well-practiced squad. Korea had led after two days but still remain within striking distance of the leaders. Latin America make up the top three as the competition reaches its halfway point.

GS Trophy 2018 Day 4

GS Trophy 2018 Day 4 Overall Standings:

1 South Africa 108 points
2 Korea 92 points
3 Latin America 82
4 France 72
5 UK 65
5 Argentina 65
7 USA 61
7 Germany 61
9 Mexico 59
10 Russia 56
11 Japan 47
12 Australia 47
13 Canada 46
14 Southeast Asia 37
14 China 37
16 Eurafrica (Women’s Team) 31
17 India 27
18 Ausamerica (Women’s Team) 21

Catch the highlights of Day 3 competition here:

Check out the GS Trophy Day 3 Recap.
Check out the GS Trophy Day 5 Recap.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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