2012 Class Winner Profiles

 

Expert - RAY PETERS

San Antonio, TX
Beta
Sponsors: American Beta, RYP

Expert Sportsman - STEVE DEINES

Montrose, CO
Gas Gas
Sponsors: OSETBikes.com; One Track Communications; Davis Service Center; Grand Mesa Motorsports

I am the sales manager for OSET Bikes in North America: www.osetbikes.com. I take care of North American operations for the owners of the company who are in England ( Ian and Louise Smith). I have been riding motorcycles since I was 5 years old. Currently, I am 27. I love nothing more than riding dirt bikes, trials bikes, and dual sport bikes in the lovely state of Colorado. I also greatly enjoy camping in the Colorado mountains and Utah desert! We have an unbelievable plethora of motorcycle riding here in Western Colorado with good weather to ride in most year around. Also, I enjoy competing in different forms of motorcycle competition including MotoTrials, Endurocross, and local harescramble and enduro events. I recently won the expert class at the King of The Motos extreme off-road race.

Expert 125 - SAMUEL FASTLE

Albuquerque, NM
Sherco
Sponsors: RYP, Sherco USA, High Performance Trials, Team New Mexico

Samuel was born in June of 1994 in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he has lived his entire life. He started riding trials at the age of 4 on a little yellow Yamaha 50. From here, he steadily progressed and in 2006 he competed in his first East Coast Youth National. But, the progression did not stop there. The next year he rode his first national series in the Junior Support class and finished 7th. Since then, he has ridden every national since then placing 4th in Junior in 2008, 2nd in High School in 2009, and then placing 4th, 2nd, and 1st in Expert 125 in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively. Now after winning his first national championship, Samuel hopes to continue the trend and win the Expert class for 2013.

Quinn Wentzel

High School - QUINN WENTZEL

Canfield, OH
Sherco
Sponsors: RYP

Women's Expert Sportsman - LOUISE FORSLEY

Bernardston, MA
Sherco
Sponsors: Sherco USA, RYP

 

Junior - ANDREW PUTT

Pittsburgh, PA
Sherco
Sponsors: RYP, Sherco USA, OGIO, Section 8 MotoTrials

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 4 years old. He discovered trials late in 2010, and began competing in 2011. His goals are to someday compete at the professional level in the NATC MotoTrials National Championships, as well as to ultimately compete in Europe at the World level. Andrew will be riding in the NATC Expert Class in 2013.

Sportsman - JON MASON

Fenton, MI
Beta

Women - RACHEL HASSLER

Albuquerque, NM
Gas Gas
Sponsors: GasGasUSA, RYP USA, S3, Hassler Insurance Agency, Team New Mexico

Rachel has been riding MotoTrials since she was 5 years old. Her national titles include 2012 Eastern and Western Women’s Champion and 2012 Women’s Support Champion. She was the 2012 New Mexico Trials Association (NMTA) Expert Champion. She is the highest ranking women in the history of NMTA and she is the only NM rider to have ridden in the Trial des Nations, which she did in Fall 2012, at the age of 17.

Senior 35 - BEN WINTERER

Hastings, MN
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Bears Place

Senior 40 - KEITH BUSCH

Monument, CO
Gas Gas

Sponsors: Lund Eye Care

Keith was Sportsman National Champion in 1999 and Senior 30 National Champion in 2001 so this is his third title. This is the second time he and Kevin have held National titles at the same time, as Kevin was Senior 35 Champion in 2001 as well. He has been riding with Rocky Mountain Trials Association since 1993. He competes in the Expert class here in Colorado.  He has ridden motorcycles his whole life starting when he was just 5 years old, as his whole family loves riding.

Senior 45 - KEVIN BUSCH

Swissvale, CO
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Lund Eye Care

Started riding motorcycles in 1972 riding a GT 80.
Bought my first trials bike at 20 and ride with the local club here in Colorado the Rocky Mountain Trials Association.
My other passion is riding with my family and friends.

I love to ride and will any time.

Senior 50 - David Rohrschneider

Winnebago, IL
Sherco
Sponsors: RYP

Senior 55 - GARRY HOOVER

Raleigh, NC
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Charlie Goodnights

Senior 60 - MARVIN EDGINGTON

Wichita, KS
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Gas Gas USA

Senior 65 - DALE MALASEK

Kansas City, MO
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Gas Gas USA, Inc.

Senior 70 - BILL DE GARIS

Port Moody, BC
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Gas Gas Pacific

Started competing Trials (and Scrambles, Grasstrack, and Hillclimbs) in 1958 on a 350 BSA in Napier NZ.
Continued on a Jawa 350 twin until heading overseas to travel the world in the late 60's.
I ended up broke in Kenya after travelling overland across the Sahara with some friends.
Bought a 250 CZ twin port Scrambler there and practised my heart out, eventually becoming the Kenya motorcycle champion for the next seven years doing everything on my CZ - Scrambles, Grasstrack/Speedway,
Sprints, Hillclimbs, and Trials. Later I even went roadracing on my 400 CZ.
Along the way I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (the first time this had ever been done) on a new 250 CZ the Czechs flew out for me.
When I emigrated to Canada in 1979 I did a few years of roadracing on my Yamaha TZ350 but ended up taking a nasty tumble at over 120mph. After recovering I bought a Trials bike and then started competing in the US Nationals.
After 18 years of practising my heart out I finally beat Dale Malasek at about the turn of the millennium. Dale and I have been having great fun going head to head ever since.

Twin Shock - DAVID MEYER

Catoosa, OK
Gas Gas

Clubman - CHASE ABBOTT

Salida, CO
Gas Gas
Sponsors: lund eye care, hylton lumber company, moto-goato

Clubwomen - LAURA PAUGH

San Antonio, TX
Sherco
Sponsors: RYP, Sherco USA, Mototrialsport

I lived in Baltimore, MD until 2000 when I went to college in West Virginia. In 2004 I moved back to MD and found a job working for the Army. In 2009, I was relocated with the Army to San Antonio where Ray Peters and I currently reside with our two cats. I enjoy racing cars and seeing movies when we are not riding. I am looking forward to the 2013 season.

Senior 75 - BILL THOMPSON

Stanwood, WA
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Skagit Powersports, Gas Gas USA