David Fretigne has ended his long time association with Yamaha to sign with BMW Motorrad. David has decided that it will require a full factory effort to go head to head with the dominant KTM bikes for a Dakar win. He will be developing the new BMW 450GS Rally for the German manufacturer.
David’s impressive resume of accomplishments include five French Enduro Championships and three International Six Days Enduro Class wins. This is on top of his career of Rally wins and strong Dakar finishes. He is perhaps best remembered for competing on the Olins developed two wheel drive machine based upon the Yamaha WR4540.
The announcement of a BMW “GS” version of the 450x, comes just ahead of the official introduction of the new Husqvarna 450 “hybrid” enduro bike that will feature the BMW developed motor mated to a Husky chassis. This is expected to also signal the end of the BMW 450 off road models. The question that remains, is if this new GS version will be a derivative of the Husky model or another ground up attempt by BMW to create an off road bike.