International GS Trophy 2018.

Southeast Asia team training in Chiang Mai.

The training in Chiang Mai simulated different kinds of terrains that the riders will encounter in Mongolia. It was a long and grueling distance, but necessary to test both physical and mental toughness of the team.  

The International GS Trophy 2018 in Mongolia is drawing close, and the Southeast Asia team needs to be in their best form ever. The team consists of three riders from three different countries- Jakkrit Thavongpia from Thailand, Modh Apis Bin Sagimin from Malaysia and Aris Cuevas from the Philippines. Living in different cities is not easy for them to practice together and get to know each other. However, with the effort from everyone, the first team training had been organized earlier this year in January in the Philippines, followed by the second session in the northern part of Thailand which was just finished in the middle of May.

The second training in Chiang Mai was supervised by instructors from the Euduro Park Thailand, led by “Kru Kai”, Patima Kongpetch. He was one of marshals in the International GS Trophy 2016 and he will be joining the team again in Mongolia. Another instructor was “Kru Eak” Waranyu Tanjaroen. Baja 1000 is one of many off-road experiences in his resume. 

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The Southeast Asia team could not be any luckier having “Tomm Wolf”, aka Mister GS Trophy, as the head instructor in this training. Tomm is known for the chief of marshals and one of key persons behind the success of International GS Trophy since the very first one in 2008. For this training in Chiang Mai, Tomm helped plan all riding courses, as well as shared his valuable experiences and techniques to equip the SEA team with skills and knowledge required for Mongolia. 

The training was scheduled for four days and the main goal was to learn about abilities and expertise of individual riders. GS Trophy is not all about speed but rather teamwork. Each of them must display the ability and attitude to work as a group. They may have to take different roles in the given assignments in order to keep the team rolling, minimize mistakes and pick up the pace in order to earn points on the score card.

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The training in Chiang Mai simulated different kinds of terrains that the riders will encounter in Mongolia. It was a long and grueling distance, but necessary to test both physical and mental toughness of the team. Every station had different challenges, and there were some “special” tests which required well-laid plans and smart thinking to solve problems at hand.

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Being the team that comprises of three riders from three different countries seemed to have a couple of major challenges compared to those assembled from the same nation. First is the language. All three riders speak different mother-tongues, hence English has been used for communication within the team. Second is time and effort required. At least two riders always had to fly across countries for the training. To make it worthwhile for the trip and ensure enough time for training, they also had to take some days off from work. 

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Nevertheless, everybody was full of enthusiasms. After the practice session ended, the SEA team members have more understanding of the GS Trophy concept. They also learned about strengths and weaknesses, as well how to complement each other as a team.

Hopefully, the Southeast Asia team will have time to meet up again for another training before the real competition in Mongolia. For more updates, please follow us at https://www.facebook.com/BMWMotorradTH/ .

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