Team Japan.

The participants in the Int. GS Trophy 2018.

Japan has been present since the first Int. GS Trophy ever and has enriched the event throughout the years every single time. For 2018, the following participants have overcome the hurdles of the qualifying and start for their country: Sho Tajima (29), instructor for safety riding, Hiroaki Tazawa (42), working for an auto auction company, and Yuki Ogasawara (38), hair dresser. They are barely to slow down and really looking foward to get to know Mongolia and new friends and connect with GS riders from around the world.

Team Members

Sho Tajima

Sho Tajima

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

Meeting the competitors from other countries and become comrades. I strongly wish that I can make friends all over the world who love motorcycles. 

Which bike do you ride and what is the most exciting or surprising story you have experienced with it?

I’m currently riding a R 1200 GS Adventure. The most exciting story is when I held my wedding party in 2014, in which my wife and I entered the chapel riding on the GS. 

What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

The fact that we can build networks with other GS riders from all over the world through the International GS Trophy 2018.    

What does the "Spirit of GS" mean to you?

To me, the Spirit of GS is ”hand-in-hand”. For example, if somebody runs into trouble nearby, I would help them hand-in-hand. 

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

First, I study English to understand the regulations of the GS Trophy games. Second, I build muscle to fully enjoy my dream days. Finally, I help with housework and childcare every day to get approval from my wife.    

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Hiroaki Tazawa

Hiroaki Tazawa

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

Because it is the Int. GS Trophy!    

Which bike do you ride and what is the most exciting or surprising story you have experienced with it?

I currently ride the R 1200 GS Adventure. The most exciting story is when I joined the GS Trophy Japan in 2013. It was my first time camping, participating in the Skills Challenge, and GS Trophy Qualifier. I was also able to communicate with many other GS riders, and it really has changed my life. 

What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

Mongolia has all the riding elements. The fact that we can run to the horizon and camp under the star light sky. The vast grassland, desert, and mountains. 

What does the "Spirit of GS" mean to you?

Never say never, and help each other.    

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I am studying everything about Mongolia. I am also practicing taking pictures – I want to take a picture of the beautiful scenery with my fellow GS riders. “Hey, Smile!” 

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Yuki Ogasawara

Yuki Ogasawara

What was your motivation, applying for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I have always been motivated by constantly trying new things that gives my life value – I believe the International GS Trophy does exactly that. 

Which bike do you ride and what is the most exciting or surprising story you have experienced with it?

I ride a R 1200 GS Adventure. The mileage of the bike is 150,000km. GS life is a constant cycle of challenges and small adventures.    

What is the most appealing thing for you about the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

The fact that I can make friends from all over the world. 

What does the "Spirit of GS" mean to you?

Team spirit and togetherness.    

How do you prepare yourself for the Int. GS Trophy 2018?

I prepare myself by going to the gym three times a week. 

 

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