PRO RIDER PROFILES

#1 - Patrick Smage

Pat Smage

Elkhorn, WI
DOB: 7/28/1990
Sherco
Sponsors: FactoryOne, Sherco USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts

2019 was the record braking year for this Wisconsin native. Pat was able to sweep all rounds of the 2019 Series on his way to his 11th Championship! He now sits in unimaginable territory, with his 11th Championship, he now eclipsed Geoff Aaron, the AMA/NATC 10-time Champion. 2020 may be Pat's 12th Championship, although, there is a young group of riders pulling ever closer to giving Pat a challenge for the championship. How long can this great Champion hold on? It will be our pleasure to watch and see....

#2 - Alex Niederer

Alex Niederer

Bradenton, Florida
DOB: 10/8/1993
Beta
Sponsors: Beta, TrialStore USA, Motul, HBD Graphix, Hammer Nutrition, Clice, CrossFit Lena

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. In 2019 Alex finished what he started in 2018 and wrapped up 2nd in the series on the final day of competition in Oregon. Switching brands to Beta for 2020 will give Alex a fresh outlook and a new team, the only thing left is the top of the podium!

 

#3 - Karl Davis Jr.

Karl Davis Jr.

Daytona Beach, Florida
DOB: 6/24/1992
Scorpa
Sponsors: FactoryOne, Scorpa USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts

2018 represents Karl's first full year of competition since 2016. With a nail biting finish at the final event in Oregon, Karl came within a breath from finishing in the number two spot for the season, unfortunately, his fellow Pro rider Alex Niederer pushed just a little harder. Karl's finish of 3rd for the year will leave this flamboyant and aggressive rider with a fire in his belly for more. Watch for him to be even more flamboyant and aggressive in 2020, it should be fun!  

#4 - Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Phoenix, Arizona
DOB: 7/27/1994

Gas Gas

Sponsors: GasGas Motos NA, Hammer Nutrition, Alpinestars, Renthal Moto, S3 Parts, Spectro Oil, Twin Air

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! In 2020 watch for him to come out swinging as he battles with all competitors for the top spot!

#5 - Josh Roper

Josh Roper

Phoenix, Arizona
DOB: 12/06/2001
Sherco
Sponsors: FactoryOne, Sherco USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts

Josh Roper was a rookie in 2019. his past is full of championships. In 2014 he won the Junior Championship, 2015 he won the High School Championship, 2018 he won the Expert Championship. He also won the Youth National Championship in 2017. Josh is part of Trials Royalty, starting with his Dad Todd who rode the Pro class in the 80's and his brother Bryan who finished a high of 2nd place in 2013. Josh is on his way up, he will be one to watch in 2020! 

#6 - Alex Myers

Alex Myers

Downingtown, PA
DOB: 4/06/2001
Scorpa
Sponsors: FactoryOne, Scorpa USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts 

Alex Myers meteoric rise in trials is unbelievable, entering his first National in 2016 he quickly rose to the top of the High School class eventually coming in second in a season tie breaker. In 2017 he was not fooling around and won the highly competitive Expert class. Spending one more year in Expert for seasoning, he was locked in a battle for the championship with fellow teammate Josh Roper. It all came down to the final loop at the last event, unfortunately Alex came up a little short. After his near miss for a second Expert Championship Alex set his site on the Pro Class. Pulling out a 2nd place finish on his second day in the Pro class, Alex was seen as a threat. Keep an eye on him in 2020, with a little more consistency he is headed for the top!

 

#7 - David Avendano

David Avendano

Caracus, Venezuela
DOB: 01/27/2001
Vertigo
Sponsors: Vertigo USA 

David traveled from his home country of Venezuela to try his hand in the Pro class, he has competed all over the globe. A relatively unknown in the USA David got everyone’s attention immediately, with his unbelievable "high revving" style you found yourself watching him at every section. He is not afraid to "go big" taking his Vertigo up obstacles a goat would not attempt. If David returns in 2020 make sure you are in position to watch! 

#8 - Sam Fastle

Sam Fastle

Louisville, KY
DOB: 6/26/1994
Sherco
Sponsors: FactoryOne, Sherco USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts 

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!

the 2019 season was a struggle for Sam, although he had some standout loops he could not put a day together. With new enthusiasm Sam is set to climb higher in the standings in 2020, watch for him, he is the only rider with a baby carrier!

#9 - 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. We do not expect to see Andreas in 2020, but do not be suprised if he is back for another season!   

#10 - Jan Peters

Jan Peters

Germany
DOB: 10/28/1998
TRS
Sponsors: TRS USA

Jan arrived from Germany to compete in the SuperTrial held in Texas, he then travelled to Nebraska to ride the first 2 rounds of our series in Nebraska. With his solid and fluid riding style he was on the second position on the podium after day one. His outgoing and friendly personality leaves everyone in North America wanting Jan to return in 2020. We would love to see what he could accomplish is a full season!

#11 - Will Myers

Will Myersl

Downingtown, PA
DOB: 10/06/2004
Scorpa
Sponsors: Sponsors: FactoryOne, Scorpa USA, Gaerne, Motul, RYP USA, FXR Racing, Dunlop, Airoh, FunnelWeb Filters, S3 Parts

Will starts his rookie year in the Pro class on the mighty Scorpa USA team to take on the 2020 season. Will is the youngest Pro rider this season and after winning the 2017 East Junior championship, 2018 Expert 125 Championship, 2019 Expert championship, he also won the East and West Youth Championships in both 2018 and 2019. Will entered his first National in 2016 and has never looked back. Riding his first Pro event at 15 years old is aggressive and that is what Will has going for him. In 2020 he will put his aggressive style to the test, watch him this season I am sure his results will be head turning!

#12 - Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith

Bexhill, East Sussex
DOB: 03/28/2001
Gas Gas
Sponsors: Oset 

Oliver travelled to the USA from England to compete for the first time at the Pro level, Oliver’s father Ian is the founder of Oset electric motorcycles, in fact the first one was built so Oliver could ride as a toddler! so Oliver has had Trials bred into him. His Championships on the Oset electric bikes are to numerous to mention. Now on a Gas Gas this teenager has something to prove, although Oliver could only ride the Oregon events, he was a “stand out”. We are sure he returned to England with a newfound motivation to push himself further. We expect to see Oliver in World trials and visiting the USA as times permit. If he does make his way across the "pond" keep an eye on him!

 

 

 

 

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