PRO RIDER PROFILES

#1 - Patrick Smage

Pat Smage

Elkhorn, WI
DOB: 7/28/1990
Sherco
Sponsors: FactoryONE MotoTrials, S3, Sherco USA, RYP USA, Dunlop, Maxima, StylMartin

2018 was a great year for Pat. He was able to sweep all rounds of the 2018 Series on his way to his 10th Championship! He now sits in unimaginable territory, with his 10th Championship, he now is tied with Geoff Aaron, the only other AMA/NATC 10-time Champion. If Pat can hold up to the pressure, could number 11 be in the works this season? Make your way out to an event this year and cheer him on!

#2 - Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Phoenix, Arizona
DOB: 7/27/1994

Gas Gas

Sponsors: GasGas Motos, Hebo, Alpinestars

Daniel won the 125 Expert Class Championship in 2011. He battled his way to the number 2 position in the hyper competitive Expert class in 2013, then moved to the Pro class for the last round of the series.  In 2014 in his Pro class rookie season Daniel finished 4th. In 2015 life caught up to the 21 year old and he had to miss half of the NATC series because of work commitments, but that did not change his commitment to training, and at the first day in Wyoming Daniel finished a career high second in the Pro class besting his idol Cody Webb. Although life is creating some obstacles we are sure Daniel is far from done! 2016 found him on a new Montesa team and motorcycle, 2017 was a good season, but with a move to the Gas Gas team, and a physical move to Arizona he now has the ability to train year round. In 2018 Daniel moved ever closer to the number 1 spot on the podium by securing 2nd place in the series! Now more focued than ever Daniel will go to battle agian in 2019 looking to be Champion!

 

 

#3 - Alex Niederer

Alex Niederer

Bradenton, Florida
DOB: 10/8/1993
Gas Gas
Sponsors: GasGas Motos, Hebo, Alpinestars, Spectro Oils, TrialStoreUSA, TwinAir, Renthal

Alex Niederer, originally from Austria, moved to the USA in late 2011. In 2012 he practiced on his manmade obstacles in his backyard with his sights on competing in the NATC MotoTrials series. In 2013 he entered his first National in New York finishing 5th on day 1. On day 2 Alex won the Expert class, stunning all the other competitors, he was now on the map!  In 2014 Alex finished the year with 3rd in the Expert class adding another victory at round 5 in Pennsylvania. Now a veteran in the Pro class Alex is a true contender, At the first day of the Arkansas National in 2018, Alex sustained a hip injury after a simple fall which took him out for the weekend. Missing only 2 events Alex worked himself from a hospital bed back to competing in the final two rounds in California to salvage third for the year. He is back 100 percent and ready to go at it for 2019! He also has his site set on the top spot of the podium!

 

 

#4 - Sam Fastle

Sam Fastle

Albuquerque, NM - Attending College in Louisville, KY
DOB: 6/26/1994
Sherco
Sponsors: FactoryONE MotoTrials, Sherco USA, RYP USA, S3, Dunlop, Maxima, Galfer, StylMartin 

Sam Fastle came into the 2016 season after a 2-year hiatus while serving the Mormon church, Finishing 7th in the Pro class in 2013 he played catchup to the competitors that he was close to before his departure. Sam was the 2012 Expert 125 Champion and finished 3rd in the Expert class in 2013 as well as winning the UTE Cup that year. In the 2017 off season Sam was married to his girlfriend Whitney.

While Sam spent the 2018 season climbing his way to #4 in the series, he also had a baby, Welcome baby "Dash" to the trial’s world!

This new father is ready for another year of competition and changing diapers while he is moving up the podium steps!

 

 

#5 - Andreas Niederer

Andreas Niederer

Bradenton, Florida
DOB: 6/16/1995
Beta
Sponsors: Beta, TrialStoreUSA,

Andreas Niederer, originally from Austria, moved to the USA in late 2011 with his brother and fellow Pro rider Alex. In 2012 he practiced on his manmade obstacles in his backyard with his sights on competing in the NATC MotoTrials series. He Entered the series in 2013 competing in the High School Class finishing 3rd. In 2014 he was on the 2nd position on the podium in the Expert Sportsman Class. By 2016 he climbed to the top of the podium to clinch the Championship in the ever-competitive Expert Class. After completing his rookie year in the Pro class in 2018, Andreas should be one to watch in 2019!  

#6 - Karl Davis Jr.

Karl Davis Jr.

Daytona Beach, Florida
DOB: 6/24/1992
Scorpa
Sponsors: FactoryONE Mototrials, Scorpa USA, RYP USA, S3, Dunlop, Maxima,  StylMartin

Karl came back to the series in 2016 after a two-year hiatus with something to prove. Beginning that season as an underdog, using his flamboyant style and aggressive riding, he quickly made his way toward the top of class placing 4th for the season. Due to professional commitments Karl was only able to ride select events in 2017 and 2018. Karl will be back to compete in the full National circuit in 2019. Make sure you keep an eye on him this season he will surely put on a show!

 

 

#7 - Quinn Wentzel

Quinn Wentzel

Canfield, Ohio
DOB: 6/02/1994
Scorpa
Sponsors: Scorpa USA, RYP USA, ZIP Express, S3, Spa Lé Jeane, Dunlop, Galfer

Quinn returns to the Pro class this year on his mighty Scorpa team to take on the 2018 season. Quinn is also a very accomplished competitor in extreme Enduro's as well as Endurocross. Quinn's accomplishments in MotoTrials are legendary, In 2012 Quinn was the High School class National Champion, in 2015 he became the Expert National Champion in a very competitive field. Quinn should be back this year with a new outlook into the 2019 season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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