Simo Kirssi’s high hopes for a promising debut on the 450cc sports enduro in the American Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series came to a premature end when he crashed out of contention at the Indiana circuit on Sunday.
The BMW Motorrad factory rider had been highly motivated and looking forwards to competing on the prototype BMW in the prestigious GNCC race in Crawfordsville, and early practice had shown the new bike to be competitive. Unfortunately, Simo drew a race number that meant he had to start behind lots of other riders, which meant ‘playing catch-up’ right from the very beginning!
The ‘Flying Finn’ managed to pass a lot of his competitors in the first few corners, but then he choose a different line to get past even more riders. However, this turned out to be the wrong decision because he failed to negotiate a big rock, which caused him to slide out and crash heavily. As a result of this heavy fall, Simo injured his shoulder and was not able to finish the race.