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BMW rider Simo Kirssi

BMW rider Simo Kirssi recently took out the 'Konigsklasse' (Kings Class) of the arduous Erzberg Rodeo, held recently in Austria. The flying Finn took out the twin-cylinder category on a BMW HP2 Enduro, the Boxer-engined machine taking him to victory ahead of last year's winner, Briton David Knight. Kirssi then went on to top the Iron Road Prologue event, recording a best time of 8min 44sec.

But while BMW may have been in all-conquering form in the twin-cylinder class, its prototype 450cc single didn't fare so well. Campaigned at Erzberg by stunt king Christian Pfeiffer and off-road expert Andi Lettenbichler, the pair failed to finish the enduro, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest one-day events of its kind in the world.

Overall though, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer was happy with the team's efforts at Erzberg. "We have had three great days with the HP2 Enduro, winning everything that was possible with the bike, and we are extremely happy about that. It has taken us two years to finish on top in both the twin-cylinder class and during the prologue, so the 2007 Erzberg has been a great event for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team.

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