In the Pro division, Alex Niederer and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet turned in spectacular performances on the highly technical and ultra-slippery rocky creeks of the Trial Training Center. Alex accounted for two podiums by claiming a second and a third over the two days of competition. Meanwhile, Daniel was fourth each day, missing out on a podium on Sunday by a single dab. Alex and Daniel rode identical 2018 TXT300s.
After scoring a runner-up finish in the Womens2Trial class at the TrialGP in Japan one week before, Madeleine Hoover rode her 2018 XTX250 to a pair of wins in the Women’s Pro division at this weekend’s US MotoTrial event in Tennessee. Maddie has won all six rounds of the series so far.
In the Junior division, Dalton Land continued his consitent run of runner-up finishes on his TXT125 by posting a pair of second place finishes in Tennessee. The Kansas native was just four points shy of the win on Saturday while missing the win on Sunday by just nine points.
Expert rider Micah Hertrich missed the podium by one spot on Saturday with a fourth on his 2018 TXT280. On Sunday, the Colorado native finished a solid fifth.
On Saturday, I was still feeling a bit rough from being sick the week before and humidity is not my friend so that was bothering me. I also let a few calls get into my head. Fourth was my worst finish of the year so I was disappointed in missing the podium both days.On Sunday, I felt really strong in the morning and I had a really good first loop, but it started raining at the start of the second lap and I just started missing my lines and falling into the cracks. I ended up fiving quite a few sections just because I couldn’t get a good drive. It was frustrating to have such a good start and then let it slip through my hands.
I had a pretty rough first loop on Saturday, but I came back with a good second loop. I had one mistake on the last mistake but my performance was still good enough to grab second for the day. I’ve been fighting a cold all week and I was cramping really bad so it was a real battle all day. On Sunday, I felt a little better, but I had a mediocre first loop. On the second lap in the rain, a lot of the sections were not rideable. My second loop I had 11 more points than I did on my first loop just because of the rain. I was fired up on my last loop and I ended up getting Daniel by one point for third. I still have a few things that I need to improve on but I was happy with the result.
It was a really good weekend. The sections were easy on Saturday, but it got a lot more difficult on Sunday when the rain moved in. My main competition is out with an injury so I just tried to pace my self against the boys and make the best of it. I think my finish in Japan last week gave me a lot of confidence. I was really working on keeping my mental edge and I think that helped.
I was fourth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday. I was struggling with the humidity and the slippery conditions. I enjoy the technical sections but I need to work on the slippery stuff. I just couldn’t find any traction and that hurt me on the obstacles.
Saturday started a little shakey. In the third section I misjudged a slippery rock and I slipped off and broke the ribbon for a five. That ended up costing me the win. I found my groove on the second lap and turned in a two for the lap. I cleaned that up on the third loop and just had one point but I ended up second for the day. On Sunday, I was riding well, but I let the competition get in my head and I blew a chance at the win again. I ended up with a really good last loop and finished in second.
The Gas Gas North America US National MotoTrial team resumes action on June 16-17, in Uniontown, Arkansas for rounds seven and eight of the AMA/NATC US National MotoTrials Series.
1. Pat Smage (Shr) 8
2. Alex Niederer (GG) 55
3. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 57
4. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 64
5. Sam Fastle (Shr) 80
6. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 87
1. Pat Smage (Shr) 37
2. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 77
3. Alex Niederer (GG) 86
4. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 87
5. Sam Fastle (Shr) 112
6. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 126