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Podium Blitz For GasGas North America At Colorado National MotoTrials

05/04/2018

Gas Gas North America’s US National MotoTrial team continued its streak of podium appearances with another stellar weekend in Texas Creek, Colorado at rounds three and four of the AMA/NATC US National MotoTrials Series.

In the Pro division, Alex Niederer and teammate Daniel Blanc-Gonnet continued their head-to-head battle on the massive granite rocks in Colorado. Riding identical 2018 TXT300s, Niederer and Blanc-Gonnet turned in impressive performances on some of the biggest and most intimidating rocks and ledges the riders will face all year.

On Saturday, Niederer edged Blanc-Gonnet by eight points to claim the runner-up slot behind nine-time MotoTrials champ Pat Smage. The positions were reversed on Sunday, with Blanc-Gonnet taking second ahead of Niederer. Sunday marked the fourth-straight event that both riders have made the podium in 2018, leaving the two riders tied for second overall in the series standings with six rounds remaining.

Expert rider Micah Hertrich took home a pair of third place finishes, continuing his podium run in 2018. The Colorado native looked comfortable on the large, grippy rocks and he seemed quite at home in the altitude on his 2018 TXT280. Despite getting off to a slow start on Saturday, with a 28-point first lap, Micah was able to clean up his lines as the event progressed and was able to turn in a stellar five-point card on the final lap.

Madeleine Hoover’s off-season training in Europe paid off on the massive and technical obstacles in Colorado as the North Carolina native took top honors in the Women’s Pro class each day on her 2018 XTX250. On Saturday, Maddie made relatively short work of the competition, topping her top rival Kylee Sweeten by 49 points for the win. Maddie’s score would have also put her in a tie for first place against the men in the Expert Sportman class. On Sunday, Hoover grabbed her fourth win of the series, extending her lead in the Women’s Pro division to 20 points over Sweeten.

In the Junior division, Dalton Land continued his consitent run of runner-up finishes on his TXT125. The Kansas native was just five points shy of the win on Saturday and amassed 14 cleans on Sunday’s brutal course en route to second.

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet: It’s been good competition so far between me and Alex. These were definitely the biggest obstacles I’ve ever ridden. On Sunday, I had a strong first loop – I had an 11-point lead over Alex after one lap. But he made a charge midway into the event and came back on me during the final lap, so it came down to the last few sections. I feel lucky to get the win. That was about as close as you can get.

Alex Niederer: Saturday went really well for me. It was a tough one, with lots of massive steps, but I was able to get comfortable with the conditions and I was gelling with my minder Tom Fraser. I had a big get-off in section eight on the second lap, but I was able to keep my composure and finish out the event in second. Sunday was a disappointment. I started off pretty rough; I was banged up from Saturday. I was 11 points behind Daniel after the first lap and I managed to work my way ahead of him on the second lap by six points. On the third loop my rear wheel landed outside the ribbon and I ended up losing second place by one clean.

Madeleine Hoover: I was very consistent this weekend. My goal was to elminate any fives and for the most part I was able to do that. Fives are tough to overcome, and being able to keep those to a minimum was the key for me this weekend. The sections were really challenging and very technical and I felt like we faced bigger obstacles this weekend than we usually see. However I’ve been training a lot on big obstacles, so that wasn’t a problem.

Micah Hertrich: I wasn’t choosing the best lines on the first loop on Saturday, so on the second loop I was taking a lot of different lines and I was able to lower my score a little from lap one. On the last loop I was able to clean that up even more and I was able to knock 23 points off my first lap score. I just need work on my first lap scores.

Dalton Land: The sections were the most difficult I’ve ever ridden, but I was able to start off the event really good on Saturday. I lost my focus on the second lap but I was able to regroup and get second. Sunday was about the same, My second lap was my worst lap, but I was able to get my last loop score down enough to get second.

The Gas Gas North America US National MotoTrial team resumes action on June 9-10, in Sequatchie, Tennessee for rounds five and six of the AMA/NATC US National MotoTrials Series.

RESULTS

SATURDAY

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 16
2. Alex Niederer (GG) 70
3. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 78
4. Sam Fastle (Shr) 129
5. Quinn Wentzel (Sco) 155
6. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 161

 

SUNDAY

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 12
2. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 47
3. Alex Niederer (GG) 47
4. Sam Fastle (Shr) 96
5. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 104
6. Quinn Wentzel (Sco) 113

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