Team USA.

The participants in the Int. GS Trophy 2018.

There's no International GS Trophy without the USA. Since the very beginning the USA has sent three riders to the race, this year it will be for the sixth time. At the International GS Trophy in 2008, USA took first place, but now the competition has become much bigger. In Mongolia, the highly motivated team will start with Thomas Dean Thompson (55) from Colorado, plumbing and hydronic heat system contractor, Matthew James Kelley (49) from Ohio, maintenance mechanic, and David Scott Vaughan (29) from Florida, service advisor in the automotive branch. The team members are ready to push themselves. 

Team Members

Thomas Dean Thompson

Thomas Dean Thompson

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

My motivation to apply for the International GS Trophy was that I thought it was an opportunity of a lifetime that I thought I had the skills to accomplish it.

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 with 60,000 miles on it. I've had lots of great experiences on my GS, riding from Colorado to Northern California with my wife (2 up), riding the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (BDR), parts of the Utah and Arizona BDR's (I plan to finish these when time permits) but the best one is probably winning the Missouri GS Trophy Qualifier. My wife was able to ride with me (2up) while doing the navigational challenge test, how cool is that!

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

The most appealing thing about the GS Trophy 2018 is the chance to represent the USA in an international competition in Mongolia along with meeting many new friends along the way. Also getting to ride a new GS Rallye for a week is icing on the cake!

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

The "Spirit of the GS" to me means freedom of choice. My riding background is mostly all dirt (Trials, Enduro, Harescambles) but I also enjoy road riding and touring. The GS allows me do both dirt and road riding. It's a do it all bike!

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

I will prepare myself for the International GS Trophy by continuing my exercise and riding regiment by alternating days between trail running and riding the GS on an obstacle course that I have built and riding the trials bike. I am also going to start some strength training through weight lifting.

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Matthew James Kelley

Matthew James Kelley

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

Friends and family always saying I should take my skills to the next level, because of my ability to do things on bikes.

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

The first Rally I went to 9/9/2017, I won the trials competition and slow race! I met a lot of friends that I will continue to ride with for years to come.

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

For me it is the ability to represent the country I love and do it on what my entire life has revolved around, motorcycles. It is a chance of a lifetime experience to show what a team of Americans can do in another country, on the best motorcycle built!

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

Freedom to go where very few people get to go when the road ends. I can carry on with a journey that can take me literally anywhere that I want without the hustle and bustle of traffic and congestion. Just me and my bike.

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

First of all, I will get in better shape! I have started a Gym membership and clean eating plan so I can build my strength and endurance for the long days of riding in Mongolia. I will focus on training on my R 1200 GS in all conditions I can, so that I am prepared for the conditions in Mongolia and the ever changing terrain.

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David Scott Vaughan

David Scott Vaughan

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

My fiancée has been encouraging me to do something competitive with our GS ever since the first time we road two up together off-road. She is convinced that I have a natural talent for adventure riding. When I learned about the GS Trophy, I wanted to see where I stacked up against the best of the best when it comes to handling such a large bike off-road with finesse. 

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

I am riding a R 1200 GS Adventure. While riding two up with my fiancée in the Cohutta Wilderness in north Georgia, we came across a wild mule and a donkey. They were just as curious of us as we were of them. They would not let us get closer than about 20 feet from them, but every time we inched forward on our bike they followed us. We rode all day in the woods without seeing another person, and it really felt like an adventure.

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

The challenge, I love to see what the limits of both the motorcycle and my abilities are.

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

It means to remove the doubt, remove the cant and remove the differences. Become a team of like-minded riders that will accomplish anything thrown at us. This spirit gives us the strength to ride the unknown. 

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

Continue to ride my dirt bike at Croom as much as possible. Change my eating habits to promote better energy. Start working out daily. Work on slow speed rear brake control and balance.

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All Teams

Get to know all the teams who successfully qualified to take part in the Int. GS Trophy 2018.

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