PRO RIDER PROFILES

#1 - Marc Freixa

Marc Freixa

Spain
DOB: 11/14/1979
Montesa
Sponsors: Montesa/US Honda

Marc came to our series this year after being active in World Trials for 13 years. He finished 2nd in the Indoor series in 2001, finished 3rd in the World Trial Championship in 2001 and 2003. As a member of the Spanish Trials des Nations team they won in 2000, 2001, 2004 & 2005. Marc is a welcomed competitor, showing the other riders a smooth and effortless riding style that was not previously seen in the US.

#2 - Patrick Smage

Patrick Smage

Elkhorn, Wisconsin
DOB: 7/28/1990
Sherco
Sponsors: Sherco USA, RYP USA, Maxima, KillerShot, S3, Gaerne, Zip Express, Monty, Fatback, Dunlop

Patrick Smage claimed his eighth national title, in 2015, in a nine year stretch, with a dominating performance during the season, winning every round he was present at. 2016 was an up and down year, Pat had some outstanding rides but did not have quite enough to win a ninth title.

In 2017, Smage will be at it again setting out to win a ninth title.

#3 - Andrew Putt

Andrew Putt

Venetia, Pennsylvania
DOB: 7/30/1998
Sherco
Sponsors: S3, Sherco USA, RYP USA, Dunlop, Maxima, Gaerne

Andrew Putt burst onto the National MotoTrials scene in 2011 finishing 9th in the Junior class...He has never looked back, in 2012 he won the Junior Class, in 2013 he finished 4th in a highly competitive Expert class, in 2014 he finished 2nd on a 125cc in the Expert class narrowly missing victory to "10 time Expert Champion" Ray Peters. In 2015 Andrew entered the Pro class and among his finishes carded 3 second place finishes and in the final two rounds of his Rookie season recorded two victories. Andrew is now the highest year end season placing rookie in the history of our sport! Keep an eye on this star, 2017 may be his year!

#4 - Karl Davis Jr.

Karl Davis Jr.

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

Karl came back to the series after a two-year hiatus with something to prove. Beginning the season as an underdog, using his flamboyant style and aggressive riding, he quickly made his way toward the top of class. Karl will be back again in 2017 looking to climb to the top of podium. Make sure you keep an eye on him this season he will surely put on a show!

#5 - Alex Niederer

Alex Niederer

Bradenton, Florida
DOB: 10/8/1993
Gas Gas
Sponsors: GasGas Motos, Hebo, Alpinestars, TrialStoreUSA, Boyesen, CrossFitLWR

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. After a spectacular 2016 season he is ready to put himself on the podium in 2017!

#6 - Logan Bolopue

Logan Bolopue

Beach Creek, Pennsylvania
DOB: 11/19/1994
Sherco
Sponsors: Sherco USA, RYP USA, S3, Dunlop, Maxima, Galfer, Gaerne

Logan has one of the most impressive Trials resumes of the new group of young riders. In 2009 Logan won the Junior class in his first season of Mototrial Nationals. In 2010 he won the 125 Expert class in the Mototrial Nationals, in the same season he also captured both East and West coast Youth Nationals capturing three Titles in one year. In 2011 Logan won the Expert Class in the Mototrial Nationals. In 2012 Logan entered his first season as a Pro rider in the Mototrial Nationals finishing 7th. In 2013 Logan climbed onto the podium at enough events to finish an impressive 3rd for the Mototrial National Series.

#7 - Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet

Portland, Oregon
DOB: 7/27/1994
Montesa
Sponsors: Montesa/US Honda, RYP, ZIP Express, S3, La Provence Bakery, Gaerne

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 team and motorcycle, 2017 finds Daniel ready to put his Montesa on the top step of the podium.

#8 - Sam Fastle

Sam Fastle

Albuquerque, NM - Attending College in Louisville, KY
DOB: 6/26/1994
Sherco

Sponsors: Sherco USA, RYP USA, S3, Dunlop, Maxima, Galfer, Gaerne 

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. 2017 should put him back in forward motion cilmbing positions in the Pro class.

#9 - Quinn Wentzel

Quinn Wentzel

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

Quinn Wentzel will be entering his rookie year in the Pro class in 2016. He is already a very accomplished competitor in Mototrials. In 2012 Quinn was the High School class National Champion, in 2015 he became the Expert National Champion in a very competitive field. We know Quinn is not done, he has his sights set on the top step of the podium. It will be very exciting journey for us to watch.

Bryan Roper

Bryan Roper

Glendale, Arizona
DOB: 7/14/1993
Gas Gas
Sponsors:  GasGas Motos, Hebo, Alpinestars

Bryan Roper is one of the Pro veterans of the sport and climbed to the number 2 ranking during the 2013, 14 and 15 MotoTrial National Series. The Arizona native, was trainer and minder to Andrew Putt during 2016, but he is back to competition in 2017 with his new Gas Gas team.

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