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BMW signs top Enduro riders

Knight, Salminen und Tarkkala join Motorrad Motorsports

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 06, 2008
BMW Motorrad will be entering the 2009 World Enduro Championship (WEC) with an impressive line-up of top riders including, David Knight, Juha Salminen and Marko Tarkkala.

“It really is a great honor to announce David, Juha and Marko as our new team riders,” says Berti Hauser, director of BMW Motorrad Motosport. “I think it is clear to see how serious BMW is about competing at the very highest level with our G450X.”

David Knight is a two-time World Enduro Champion as well as a two-time US Grand National Cross Country title winner. Knight is also known as being “the king of extreme enduros” with victories at the Erzberg Rodeo, the Indoor Enduro World Cup, Last Man Standing, Hell's Gate and more.

“Like any rider you have to truly believe in both your machinery and team to perform at your best, and I have absolute faith in BMW.” says Knight.

BMW's latest signings join a team that already includes 2008 European Cross Country Champion Simo Kirssi.Juha Salminen is a seventeen time WEC World Champion, multiple USA, German, Spanish, Australian and Finnish Enduro Champion as well as multiple Finnish and European motocross and trial champion title winner. Marko Tarkkala was a runner-up in class E3 of the WEC 2008 and is a double Finnish Enduro Champion.

The final decision of who will represent the strengthened off-road-team with its current riders Anders Eriksson, Jeff Goblet and Simo Kirssi in certain classes and competitions will be announced later. BMW Motorrad will take part in the Enduro world championship as well as in the XCC Europe. Additionally it is planning to enter some runs of the US GNCC series.

In 2009 Andreas Lettenbichler and Gerhard Forster will once again be in the line-up for a number of demanding Extreme Enduro races, including some genuine classics and off-road treats.

2009 World Enduro Championship schedule
Round 1 Portugal, Penafiel March 21-22
Round 2 Spain, Igualada March 28-29
Round 3 Italy, Iglesias April 18-19
Round 4 Finland, Riihimaki June 13-14
Round 5 Slovakia, Puchov June 20-21
Round 6 Mexico, Valle del Bravo July 18-19
Round 7 Greece, Serres August 29-30
Round 8 France, St Flour September 12-13

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