The GasGas North America MotoTrial team capped off a rewarding season with the final two rounds of the NATC/AMA US National MotoTrials Series at the Diamond Mill staging area in the Tillamook State Forest near Portland, Oregon.
At the end of eight highly competitive rounds, GasGas North America’s Alex Niederer was rewarded with second overall in the final Pro class standings after taking a fifth and a second in Oregon. Alex came into the final round tied for second with two other riders, including his teammate, Daniel Blanc-Gonnet. And a solid second place finish on Sunday was enough to give the Florida rider second overall for the year.
Blanc-Gonnet finished off the season with a respectable fourth overall after taking a pair of fourth place finishes in Oregon, despite having to ride with an injured back, making two factory GasGas riders in the top five of the premiere class in America.
Defending Women’s Pro Champion Maddie Hoover wrapped up the in the Women’s Pro class title the week before in Colorado and jumped up to the Expert class in Oregon where she battled against some of the top men in the country with solid results.
In the Junior Expert Sportsman division, 14-year-old Dalton Land second overall in class with a pair of runner-up finishes.
Alex Niederer: "This is a dream come true. It’s something I’ve worked hard for all my life and now all the hard work has paid off. I was afraid I blew it when I finished fifth on Saturday, but today I had one of my best rides of the year and I got what I was hoping for."
Daniel Blanc-Gonnet: "I’m happy with how I rode this year and I put myself in good position coming into the last two rounds, sitting second. But I injured my back while practicing this week and I don’t think I was 100%. Congratulations to Alex for a great year and I’m proud of my finishes this year."
Maddie Hoover: "It’s been a good year with GasGas and I’m happy I was able to defend my Women’s Pro title. I am always looking to get better, I want to compete at the highest level in Europe, so I moved to the Expert class this weekend to challenge myself and I think I learned a lot of things I can use next year."
Dalton Land: "This was my first year on the tougher Blue line and I feel like I got better as the year progressed and I’m happy with second overall for the year. This weekend it was very slick and that’s a big change from what I’m used to in Kansas, so this was a big learning experience for next year."
1. Pat Smage (Shr) 8
2. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 44
3. Josh Roper (Shr) 47
4. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 62
5. Alex Niederer (GG) 64
6. Sam Fastle (Shr) 69
7. Alex Myers (Sco) 75
8. David Avendano (Ver) 75
9. Oliver Smith (Shr) 88
10. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 97
1. Pat Smage (Shr) 10
2. Alex Niederer (GG) 35
3. Josh Roper (Shr) 42
4. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 46
5. Alex Myers (Sco) 53
6. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 55
7. David Avendano (Ver) 57
8. Sam Fastle (Shr) 64
9. Will Myers (Sco) 70
10. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 102
The GasGas North America Enduro Team returns to action on July 7 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania for the Tough Like RORR Extreme Enduro.