2019 Finish #1 - Men's Pro - Patrick Smage
Sponsors: FactoryONE/Sherco USA, Motul, S3, FunnelWeb Filter,
HBD MotoGrafx, P3 Carbon, VP Racing Fuels, SKF, Motion Pro,
Galfer Brakes, Progressive Insurance, Dunlop,
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! With the series being a non-starter in 2020 Pat had to focus his training on maintaining his form and expanding abilities throughout the year. Now looking forward to the 2021 season He sits in unimaginable territory, with his 11th Championship, he now eclipsed Geoff Aaron, the AMA/NATC 10-time Champion. 2021 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....
2019 Finish #1 - Women's Pro - Madeline Hoover
Raleigh, North Carolina
Sponsors: Gas Gas USA,
Madeline Hoover (Maddie), started her riding career at a very early age, as the daughter of Garry Hoover, 10-time senior class champion, she had Trials in her blood. With 6 championships under her belt, 4 in the Women's Pro class Maddie has not only competed in the USA Nationals, but has also become a regular in the World championships splitting her time between the United States and Europe. In 2019 competing in the World TrialGP Women's line Maddie finished 9th!
2019 Finish #2 - Men's Pro - Alex Niederer
Sponsors: Beta USA, TrialStoreUSA.COM, Jitsie, Motul USA, HBD Graphx, Boyesen, Hammer Nutrition, 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 2021 will give Alex a fresh outlook and a new team, the only thing left is the top of the podium!
2019 Finish #2 - Women's Pro - Kylee Sweeten
Women's Pro Rider #5
Sponsors: TRS USA,
Kylee Sweeten, appeared on the national trials scene in 2015, in 2016 she won the Eastern Women's Championship, in 2017 she was in the newly established Women's Pro class. Also in 2017 Kylee entered her first World competition, held in Arizona, in the Women's Trial 2 class, finishing mid-pack on day 1. On day 2, her and her minder father Dennis Sweeten (past Pro MX and Trials legend) put in a commanding performance and won the day, becoming the first American since Bernie Schreiber to win a World competition, and the first American Woman to even podium on the World stage much less win! Keep an Eye on this World class rider, she is on a new team with a new determination!
2019 Finish #3 - Men's Pro - Karl Davis Jr.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Sponsors: : Vertigo USA, Lewisport USA, Global Racing Oils, S3 parts, Motoland Trials, Dunlop, Alpinestars
2019 represented 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. With 2020 came a new team for Karl switching to the Vertigo brand, with COVID calling a stop to the 2020 season Karl has spent the year training harder than ever. Watch for him to be even more flamboyant and aggressive in 2021, it should be fun!
2019 Finish #3 - Women's Pro - Louise Forsley
Lake Elsinore, CA
Women's Pro Rider #7
Sponsors: FactoryONE motorsports, Sherco USA, Motul, Airoh helmets,
Funnelweb filter, Gaerne
2019 represented Louise's first year back to competition since 2012, but she is a "6 time" Women's National champion, and has a long career in MotoTrials beginning with a overall win at the 2004 Youth National Championships. She went on from there to dominate Women's MotoTrials from 2006 until 2009, she is the only women to have competed in the Expert class with a high finish of 7th in 2009. After taking a year away from competition in 2010 she returned in 2011 to win her 5th championship and then repeated that in 2012 to win her 6th title. In 2013 she turned her attention to EnduroCross competition, and in 2014 joined the Marvel Universe show as a full time stunt rider, performing all over the globe for the next 4 years until late in 2018. Returning to MotoTrials competition in late 2019 she racked up 2 seconds and 2 firsts in the last 4 rounds of the series. With a full ride with Sherco USA she will have the support and talent to challenge for the top step of the podium in 2021. We cannot wait to see this seriously talented rider in the sections!
2019 Finish #4 - Men's Pro - Daniel Blanc-Gonnet
Sponsors: GasGas USA, Motorex Powersports, Renthal Moto, Hebo Factory, Twin Air, S3 Parts, Alpinestars, and Hammer Nutrition
Daniel has been a fixture in the series ever since his first foray into the Nationals in 2010. After a successful amateur career winning the Expert 125 Championship in 2011, several regional Oregon State Championships, and finishing his engineering degree, Daniel went pro in 2014. In 2018 Daniel went to the second step on the podium finishing second that year to Pat Smage. Since then, Daniel has achieved more regional Oregon and Arizona State Championships, a Ute Cup Win, and earning a First Class Award at the legendary Scottish Six Day Trial. Daniel has been a member of the Trial Des Nations team for six consecutive years and together with the team has earned a podium position in that event four out of the six years. For 2021, Daniel has been diligently preparing his mind, body, and riding skill set to take on the top pro's in the nation, he will be doing battle at each event in 2021 to come away with his first ever Pro Class win! Keep an eye on this mindful, calculating and aggressive rider!
2019 Finish #5 - Men's Pro - Josh Roper
Sponsors: TRRS Motos USA, Dirt Riders West, NILS Oil, HEBO, Spanish Fly Racing, Hammer Nutrition, Limitless Graphics, Mom & Dad
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 was on his way up and although the Pandemic stop the competitions in 2020, it did not stop Josh from advancing his skills, with a switch of teams during 2020 from Sherco to TRS he will be one to watch in 2021!
2019 Finish #6 - Men's Pro - Alex Myers
Sponsors: FactoryONE Mototrials, ScorpaUSA, Motul, S3,
FunnelWeb Filter, VP Racing Fuels, HBD MotoGrafx, P3 Carbon,
Dunlop, SKF, Motion Pro, Galfer Brakes, Progressive Insurance
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. Coming into 2021 after continuous practice throughout 2020 training at both his home, and while at college, with the Durty Dabbers, Logan and Lewie Bolopue he will surely be a threat in the Pro class, keep an eye on him in 2021, he is headed for the top!
2019 Finish #7 - Men's Pro - David Avendano
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 2021 make sure you are in position to watch!
2019 Finish #8 - Men's Pro - Sam Fastle
Sponsors: TRS Kentucky, SuperATV, TRS USA,
Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Big Bro
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 the Pandemic stopping competitions in 2020 Sam still had a busy year by fathering another baby, welcome baby "Jett", switching jobs (Mechanical Engineer), and joining the ever expanding team TRS. With new enthusiasm
Sam is set to climb higher in the standings in 2021, watch for him, he is currently the only rider with a baby carrier!
2019 Finish #9 - Men's Pro - Andreas Niederer
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 2021, but do not be surprised if he is back for another season!
2019 Finish #10 - Men's Pro - Jan Peters
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 2021. We would love to see what he could accomplish in a full season!
2019 Finish #11 - Men's Pro - Will Myers
Sponsors: Sponsors: FactoryONE/Sherco USA, Motul, S3, FunnelWeb Filter, VP Racing Fuels, HBD MotoGrafx, P3 Carbon, Dunlop,
SKF, Motion Pro, Galfer Brakes, Progressive Insurance
Will started his rookie year in the Pro class on the mighty Scorpa USA team to take on the 2020 season. Unfortunately with the Pandemic claiming our series Will had to wait another year. Will is still 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 14 years old is aggressive and that is what Will has going for him. In 2021 he will put his aggressive style to the test along with a switch to the Sherco brand, watch him this season I am sure his results will be head turning!
2019 Finish #12 - Men's Pro - Oliver Smith
Bexhill, East Sussex
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!