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We recently reported on BMW's hopes of carrying its overseas racing success with the company's 450cc single "sports enduro" to U.S. shores as the bike and racer, Simo Krissi, debuted at a GNCC event this past weekend. Unfortunately for both bike and rider, a poor starting position and a very large rock ended BMW's dream of a triumphant American appearance. The following is BMW's report on the day's mishap.


Simo Kirssis 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. Staff Staff presents an unrivaled combination of bike reviews and news written by industry experts

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