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Great Action as the Mototrial series moves East.

The Trials Inc. club hosted rounds 5&6 of the U.S. National Championship located Southeast of Cleveland Ohio. Summer weather and good terrain brought out the best riders in the country to compete at the Southington Off-Road park. Competitors faced a mixture of sections ranging from rocky hillsides, loose sandy approaches and big quarry boulders. On Saturday, riders and spectators were treated to a dramatic exhibition style final for the Pros and Sunday afternoon brought some heavy rain showers that definitely made things interesting. Overall, an exciting event showcasing some amazing Trials skills.

eam GasGas riders Bryan Roper (AZ), Alex Niederer (FL), Micah Hertrich (CO) and Madeleine Hoover (NC) all had good rides in Ohio on their GasGas GP edition TXT trials bikes.

In the pro class, Bryan Roper once again started very strong with just a single point on the first loop and put himself into contention for the win. Unfortunately 2 fives on the second loop and some minor struggles in the pro exhibition knocked him back to fourth position. Bryan also finished a solid fourth on day 2 after having some up and down rides. Alex Niederer picked up 5th and 6th place positions over the weekend. The flashy and aggressive rider had mixture of awesome rides and spectacular crashes. Alex seemed to really shine during the pro exhibition when the pressure was on and nearly caught his teammate in points on Saturday. Great action from both GasGas pro riders.

Micah Hertrich is another rider to watch on the AMA circuit. Only 15 years old, this rider is the future of the sport. To prove his skills Micah clinched his second 125 Expert championship on Saturday and graduated to the Expert class on Sunday finishing 6th on his first attempt. Keep your eyes on this youngster.

In the Women's Pro division Maddie Hoover continues her domination of the class by racking up two more wins. Maddie is a strong favorite for the U.S. title which will be decided next weekend at the Rhode Island finale. As Maddie's riding continues to improve she'll not only compete in the U.S. Nationals but she'll also compete in the Women's FIM World Championships this summer.

Many other GasGas riders scored wins in Ohio. Drew Fortner (EX), Devin Hightman (JR), Dale Malasek (SR) and Dalton Dunman (SPT) 

In addition to hosting a great event, Trials Inc. and the AMA announced the 2017 U.S Trial Des Nations team. GasGas has three top riders competing in Spain in September. On the men's team Bryan Roper was selected and on the Women's team Maddie Hoover and Rachel Hassler will be representing the United States. 

Next event: Exeter, RI June 24-25

Photos: Shan Moore


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