One of the many attractions at BMW Motorrad Days is the incredible Chris Pfeiffer, who can make a motorcycle do things that defy belief, as well as gravity. Sidelined for much of 2014 due to a motocross injury, Chris has announced his welcome return to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in July and tells BMW Motorrad why he’s delighted to be part of this year’s entertainment programme…It’s great news that you’re back at BMW Motorrad Days. People missed your performances last year, so how important was it for you to return in 2015?Due to a motocross accident I couldn’t ride in Garmisch-Partenkirchen last year, but I still came along anyway! This year, however, I’m looking forward even more to getting back to riding again at the BMW Motorrad Days!It’s been a long road back to fitness. Were there ever times when you thought about ‘throwing in the towel’?Yes, last year was quite difficult for me and indeed I came to a point where I thought maybe it would be better if I retired from riding professionally. One of the five fractures in my radius bone didn’t heal up for a long time, but the main problem was – and still is – my voice. The larynx fracture that I suffered has caused my voice function to be limited, quite hoarse and not very loud. After another surgery and lots of speech therapy it’s getting better but it’s still not as desired. I took a break in winter from travelling and stunt riding to ‘recharge my batteries’ and focus on my health problems. That turned out to be a perfect decision, as I’m feeling pretty good and fresh now.Did the accident change your outlook on life?Yes I learned to slow down a bit in this crazy, hectic world. The accident itself, and the respective recovery has given me time to reflect on life and enjoy the small things.Even though you weren’t performing shows for a while, have you still been able to practise and maintain the required fitness levels needed?Yes I’ve always been keeping up the training – I can’t live without sports and riding bikes! I just needed a break from all the constant travelling.We know you always like to work on new tricks and combos. Have you been able to develop some new innovations that we might see in Garmisch-Partenkirchen?Yes, I have some new moves in my trick bag, but you’ll have to wait and see…!There’s a new F 800 R out now, so have you made any changes to your stunt bikes?Yes, I’m riding the new 2015 F 800 R. However, the set-up is similar to the previous years.What other BMW bikes can we expect to see in the show?Again, you’ll have to wait and see, but I want to go for a test ride on the new XR very soon…Do bikes like the S 1000 R or XR offer any possibilities for you?The 1000cc engine is too strong for stunt riding in my opinion, but it’s great for drifting!Have you ever had a go at stunt driving, and what kind of respect do you have for a guy like Russ SwiftI’ve been driving an old 7 Series BMW on two wheels (the left two wheels!) a few years ago together with a friend. That was so much fun. I love the precision of Russ Swift and the fact he’s clearly enjoying himself when he’s doing tricks in his MINIs.How are your kids progressing in their sports ‘educations’?My son Hannes got a new strong electric motorcycle recently – the Oset 20 Racing – and he is riding a lot with me, besides playing football. The girls play tennis and do other sports for fun. As a family, we all love skiing.And finally, what is most special for you about BMW Motorrad Days, compared to any of the other shows you perform at?The action area is in the heart of the festival, so that’s cool and of course the crowd is very international. Furthermore, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is only 40 kilometres away from my home. All that makes it one of my favourite shows.
June 2015 | © BMW Motorrad
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