How the team did it…
Both Bafang and Ibexion are of course extremely proud that the M620 motor helped clinch victory with its usual reliable and solid performance, despite the intense conditions.
Jörg and David’s team added features such as a controller with protection against overheating, which was enormously helpful; on just the first race day some of the other competitors' engines "smoked" on the track. The possibility of overheating was a constant headache for many riders, but to the delight of Jörg and David was not an issue for their specially designed rides, and the stable appearance and robustness of the gearbox quickly caught the attention of other participants. David particularly emphasized: “The engine is simply fun! It may not be the lightest drive, but it has a strong casing, is enormously resilient, requires very little maintenance, and is extremely powerful! All factors that are decisive for victory or defeat under these conditions.” The team was glad to hear comments made by other riders at the closing ceremony that they would review the drive systems they had used up to now and consider a motor from Bafang; excellent performance attracts attention!
Of course, once one race ends another approaches, and so Jörg and David already have a new project in mind: a fresh e-MTB concept is being developed with the M600! They want to develop a lighter (targeted weight saving of up to 3 kg), more beautifully shaped bike. It should correspond to a higher continuous power (up to 1KW) at 150Nm, so that one can race at the next E-Bike Desert Challenge, in the 25 km+ - class for chipped bikes. An exciting project! The team aims to expand its roster to fill these new saddles, allowing David and Jörg to compete once again in the open class and defend their podium places! According to organiser Rainer Authenriet, the event itself is to be increased in terms of the number of participants, as he will be a co-driver in the Tuareg Rally immediately after the race to Tunisia. This means that next year up to 40 participants will put themselves through the extreme demands of desert-like landscapes in Spain or Tunisia.
For Bafang also, the next race is already in focus; it is precisely such results and experiences in challenging riding conditions that provide important information and allow Bafang engines to continue proving how strong and effective they are. In addition to these extra sandy events, Bafang is a proud sponsor of the CST POSTNL Bafang MTB Racing Team and collects insights with the help of MTB icon Bart Brentjens. Every race season he provides technical insights into how engines perform under heavy load, sudden power calls, and continuous loads. Product research can’t get more authentic than that!