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BMW’s prototype 450cc enduro

BMW's prototype 450cc enduro weapon came out for a gallop at a round of the German Cross Country (GCC) recently, with Finnish test rider Simo Kirssi giving a good indication of what the machine is capable of, before a mechanical failure brought his race to a premature end.

Amid a 40-strong field of other Pro-Class competitors, Kirssi had pushed the bike to a strong runner up position behind reigning Enduro 2 world champ Samuli Aro, when plans turned awry.

It was a strong showing in the hotly contested class, by a machine that still has a long way to go, in terms of development. Fellow test rider Sascha Eckert also took part, guiding his bike home to a credible 14th spot.

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