GasGas North America US National MotoTrials Team Wraps Up 2018 With Solid Weekend In California

Gas Gas North America’s US National MotoTrial team finished out the 2018 AMA/NATC US National MotoTrials season at the two-day California season finale, with spectacular performances, continuing the team’s string of impressive results. The Donner event was held just west of the Donner Summit in northern California at an elevation of over 7000 feet, which offered a unique challenge for bike and rider, however the GasGas North America US National MotoTrials Team conquered the altitude and the elements with power and precision.

In the premiere Pro division, Oregon’s Daniel Blanc-Gonnet clinched second overall in the series standings behind 10-time US champion Pat Smage with third and second place finishes on his 2018 TXT300.

Meanwhile, Alex Niederer came back from nine weeks off the bike recovering from injury to grab third overall in the standings with second and third place finishes over the course of the two day event.

In the Junior division, Dalton Land took an impressive win on Sunday aboard his TXT125 landing him in second overall in the Junior West Regional US MotoTrials championship to go with the Junior East Regional US MotoTrials championship he won in June. Land finished second on Saturday.

Colorado’s Micah Hertrich turned in solid performances each day in the Expert class, taking fourth on Saturday and second on Sunday giving him second overall in the Expert standings aboard his 2018 TXT280. Hertrich cleaned the entire final loop on Sunday en route to second for the day.

Women’s Pro Champ Maddie Hoover skipped the Donner event to compete in the Italian round of the TrialGP series where she managed to wrap up second place in the final season standings in the Women’s Trial2 division aboard her 2018 XTX250.

Alex Niederer:
I was a little timid when I came in there, just because of all the time I was off the bike. On my second loop on Saturday, though, I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike. After the exhibition sections I was able to put the hammer down and finally felt good on the bike. On Sunday, I threw it all away when I took a five early on the first lap. I was still able to finish with a third, which gave me third for the year. I’m pleased with the final results considering my injury and the time off the bike. 

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet:
I just needed to finish one of the two days to wrap up second in the final standings, but it was more psychological for me. I wanted to prove to myself that I earned that position so I wanted to get second this weekend. I was riding really tight on Saturday’s first lap and I made a few mistakes and that put me behind the eight ball, so I ended up third. On Sunday, I loosened up and rode to my potential, but I had one big mistake where I missed my rear brake and flipped upside down on a big rock. Other than that, I had a pretty good day and I was pleased to get second.

Micah Hertrich:
This place is similar to what I ride at home, with the rocks and the altitude. It was nice to end strong with a clean loop at the end of the day. The bike was awesome today, and it was crisp and clean in the altitude. 

Dalton Land:
I had a good start on Saturday, I was clean until the very last section and I ended up taking a five, which kind of messed with my head for the rest of the day. On Sunday, I started a little shaky again, but on the third loop I zoned in on the sections and ended up getting the win. It was good to finish off the season with a win. I like the big rocks here but the altitude took a bit to get used to since I’m from Kansas. As soon as we dialed in the jetting, the bike was awsome and I didn’t have a single problem.

RESULTS

SATURDAY

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 0
2. Alex Niederer (GG) 10
3. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 18
4. Sam Fastle (Shr) 36
5. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 65 

SUNDAY

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 1
2. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 23
3. Alex Niederer (GG) 28
4. Sam Fastle (Shr) 34
5. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 56