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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Oceania 2020 – live and interactive. Media sources and photo competition. Sponsor information.

München. The Oceania edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy is now just days away. The 69 finalists, riding in 23 international teams, have been issued their BMW GS-specific rider equipment – customized with their names, national flags and GS Trophy 2020 insignia – and will soon be boarding their international flights to New Zealand, ready for the ride of their life.

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München. The Oceania edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy is now just days away. The 69 finalists, riding in 23 international teams, have been issued their BMW GS-specific rider equipment – customized with their names, national flags and GS Trophy 2020 insignia – and will soon be boarding their international flights to New Zealand, ready for the ride of their life.

For those not lucky enough to be competing, BMW Motorrad has devised a full range of multi-media coverage of the event so that GS fans from all over the world will be able to read about, watch and even participate (through a photographic competition) in the event.

GS Trophy photo competition.

The interactive photo competition was debuted in the 2012 event and proved so popular with over 59,000 votes, that it has become a permanent fixture of the event.

So, on days two and four of the GS Trophy 2020 the teams themselves will be photographing all aspects of their adventure. The subject matter for the competition is entirely open, it might be an action shot of team-mates, or a spectacular landscape, maybe a unique aspect of local life.

Each team will then submit their best photo at the end of both days, to be posted on the GS Trophy website, even voting will be accessed through

As before, the photos are posted without credit, so the fans will vote for the best photo, not their favourite team. But as in previous years we can expect the teams to reveal their identities one way or another...!

Note that the time for voting will be limited to just 24 hours on each occasion as the results will need to be fed back into the competition and to accord with the time difference between Munich and New Zealand:

Photo competition 1

Voting February 11, 00:00 - 23:59 (UTC+13).

The results of the vote will be announced on February 12th.

Photo competition 2

Voting February 13, 00:00 - 23:59 (UTC+13).

The results of the vote will be announced on February 14th.

The teams will be awarded points toward their overall competition score in accordance with their performance in the votes.

Daily updates to the media.

Journalists and media organizations are invited to follow the GS Trophy 2020 and to find free access to GS Trophy resources – which during the event will be updated daily with news stories and photos – through the dedicated BMW Group Press Club facility which can be found at

A further press release detailing the participants and teams of the GS Trophy 2020 is planned for February 8.

More ways to follow the GS Trophy.

Through BMW Motorrad has created an internet destination where GS fans will be able to find all the background information that they could want on the event and its participants (past and present). The site will be updated each day with a review of the action by way of words, images and video clips.

The event’s excitement will also be relayed with much more information of a more informal kind via BMW Motorrad’s social media sources:

BMW Motorrad Facebook

Twitter (#gstrophy)



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Watch out for more information on the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 – brought to you directly from New Zealand!

A word about our partners.

The off-road adventure International GS Trophy makes tough demands on man and machine. Not only do you need absolutely robust and reliable GS motorcycles, but also the perfect equipment for rider and bike. In this respect, BMW Motorrad has a number of high-performance partners at its side who make contribute significantly to the success of this unique event through their products and their experience.


For this edition BMW Motorrad has partnered with Emirates to fly the participants to (and from) New Zealand. With a global hub in Dubai, Emirates is the perfect airline to transport the participants from all over the world to this destination. While Emirates flew 59 million passengers in 2018-19, in a fleet of 270 aircraft, it is also highly committed to its environmental responsibility to minimize its impact on the environment through the use of eco-efficient technologies and management.


METZELER has been the official tyre partner of the BMW Motorrad Int. GS Trophy since 2008. All motorcycles used at the event will be fitted with METZELER KAROO™ 3. These knobby high-performance tyres are developed to provide great off-road rally-raid traction, wear regularity (therefore more mileage) and a high level of stability on-road. METZELER KAROO™ 3 can tackle the most demanding motorcycle adventures, and it is therefore the perfect choice for the hard ride in the International GS Trophy.

ADVANTEC Original BMW Engine Oil.

The ADVANTEC Original BMW engine oil was exclusively developed for the BMW Motorrad high-performance engines. In the process, it passed the regular tests, as well as the specially developed and demanding testing procedures by BMW Motorrad, with outstanding results. The name ADVANTEC stands for our commitment to quality and to the participants – allowing them to fully rely on their bikes during the International GS Trophy.   

Original BMW Motorrad accessories.

Mud, gravel and dust – such conditions demand absolute confidence in all of the supplied equipment. As the exclusive supplier for the Int. GS Trophy bikes, it is of great importance to us that we can provide all participants with the ideal preconditions to master the challenges of the International GS Trophy effectively. But this equipment is not unique, all the original BMW Motorrad accessories used by the participants in the areas of safety, ergonomics, and comfort, as well as storage space, is also available to any GS enthusiast so you, too, can also upgrade your own GS for the next adventure.     


Since the International GS Trophy 2010 BMW Motorrad has equipped the competitors with Leatt-sourced neck braces. Leatt has been a market leader in this field, having been one of the first to develop the technology. As in 2018, the competitors this year will wear the Leatt STX Road neck brace which is a brace specifically developed for use in adventure, fitting over the riding gear.


Rab started in 1981, when mountaineer Rab Carrington made his first sleeping bag, made to meet the most exacting standards of his fellow Alpine mountaineers for use in extreme conditions. Since then the business has expanded to become a worldwide leader in outdoor clothing and equipment, always made to that high alpinist standard. Given the range of conditions GS riders seek in their adventures, Rab is the natural partner to the GS Trophy.


Sena has been a leader in motorcycle communications technology since 1998, creating a range of communications systems that incorporate wireless and Bluetooth technology, which affords the best in rider to rider communications. Latest innovations have included Mesh Intercom that maintains connection stability and automatically reconnects when riders drop out and return within range. The systems also enable connectivity to navigation systems, will steam music and connect to phone calls.


Slovenian firm Akrapovic is a world leader in performance exhaust systems. Employing over 1000 employees Akrapovic make a rage of exhausts that covers a wide range of sport motorcycles right through to the factory racing machines used in MotoGP and World Superbikes. Akrapovic exhausts have been available as a BMW Motorrad official accessory for many years and the HP Akrapovic sports silencer will be fitted to all the GS Trophy machines in this event.


In case of queries, please contact:


Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communications BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 151 601 57505,


Ingo Wirth, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad

Tel.: +49 89 382 25814,



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