Good Vibes for GasGas North America MotoTrials in Minnesota

The GasGas North America MotoTrials team turned in impressive results at rounds three and four of the US MotoTrials Series in Gilbert, Minnesota. Held just two hours south of Canada, the Trial featured massive rock obstacles, ledges and steps in the most difficult event encountered so far this season. On Saturday, the event featured a “Shootout” session of four sections ridden twice in the afternoon. These sections were much harder than the morning sections and it brought the cream to the top.

The GasGas North America MotoTrials team turned in impressive results at rounds three and four of the US MotoTrials Series in Gilbert, Minnesota. Held just two hours south of Canada, the Trial featured massive rock obstacles, ledges and steps in the most difficult event encountered so far this season. On Saturday, the event featured a “Shootout” session of four sections ridden twice in the afternoon. These sections were much harder than the morning sections and it brought the cream to the top.

Among the Pro riders, GasGas North America riders Daniel Blanc-Gonnet and Alex Niederer each turned in spectacular rides during the course of the two days. After a slow start on Saturday, which saw Blanc-Gonnet finish fourth and Niederer finish seventh, the two upped the pace on Sunday, with Blanc-Gonnet finishing second and Niederer finishing fourth.

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet: I was kind of a shaky on Saturday. The first lap I had fifteen. I feel like I still had some remnants of last weekend’s attitude, just a little bit nervous and not feeling very confident on the bike. Then the shootout, the first section was actually the gnarliest one. It had a pretty big step in it. I fived it on my first attempt. I was in second gear and I just didn’t think I had the drive. I shifted to third for the second loop and I had a lot more momentum and made it that time. The section I’m kind of disappointed about is actually section three with the end where you kind of had to side hop over. I tried a rear tire hop the first line. I think that wasn’t the right move for me. I’m not really good on the rear tire. I should have side hopped it. That could have saved me actually second place. That put me down to fourth after that. I’m pretty happy about Sunday. I think the last loop was where I should have been every loop. I didn’t make that many mistakes, just little things here and there. Almost everything was a needed dab. I think that’s why I was able to do well, because I only took the needed dabs. It wasn’t anything stupid.

Alex Niederer: In the shootout, the sections were really cool. In section one I got ones on both attempts. I’m really, really happy with that. It had a huge step in the middle of it and I went right up. My GasGas definitely had enough power to do that. Section two was a really technical section and I cleaned it the first time through and I got a one the second time. Section three was kind of where everything spun out of control. I got up the splatter both times, but I hit my skid plate both times when I got to the top and it just knocked me off, one time to the right and one time to the left. In section four, I had a poor line choice the first time through. The Second time through I was clean. On Sunday, I was not 100% confident based on yesterday’s result, but then quickly realized that it was just a bad day, that I still had it. Just twelve points the first loop. A couple of silly points, and then a five in section ten that kind of really skewed my score just because it was one section that changed a lot of things. My second loop was a really solid loop. Then last loop I went clean all the way to section four, and then had two fives in a row which I was really bummed about. But I turned it back around and I cleaned six. Then just took a couple of stray dabs and ended up with fifteen. I made it through section ten with just a one. Really, really happy about that ride. Kind of ended my day on a good note.” 

Defending Women’s Pro Champion Maddie Hoover topped Kylee Sweeten by 19 points to win Saturday’s event handily. Hoover is so accustomed to winning the Women’s Pro class that she measures herself by the men riding the same line. She backed up Saturday’s ride with an even bigger win on Sunday.

Maddie Hoover: I just have higher expectations for myself when it comes to overall points, so I measure myself with the guys riding the same line. I had three really costly fives this weekend that I just didn’t need, mentally or for the score. I had a lot of really good rides and then a lot of dabs on flat ground at the end, which is just a mental thing. I think I was a little asleep. The sections were great. It was really hard. I really enjoyed it and I got to actually use some skills that we’ve been practicing.

Riding the Junior Expert Sportsman division for just the third time in 2019, Dalton Land jump finished a solid second on his TXT 125 on Saturday. The Kansas rider was second again on Sunday and was second overall in the East Coast Junior Expert Sportsman championship, which is a huge accomplishment considering this is his first year on the tougher blue line. 

Dalton Land: Saturday was an okay day. Not my best day, but it was an okay day. I started off pretty good and I put together some really good rides. My second loop was a really good loop. After my second loop, I went into my third loop with a good four- or five-point lead, and then I kind of got really tired and fell apart a little bit. I couldn’t find my groove and then ended the day with a second place. Sunday started off really, really good. I put in an eight-point first loop and was only two points off of the lead. I was feeling super confident. I went into my second loop knowing how well I had done my first loop and got a little bit lazy with it. Then the points just kept adding up and I was in a pretty good slump in the second loop. For the third loop I just put it all behind me and I rode really, really good and did even better than I did my first loop and put in a seven-point third loop, which puts me in second place today and second place in the east championship.

 

PRO US MOTOTRIALS RESULTS

Saturday

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 2

2. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 28

3. David Avendano (Ver) 29

4. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 30

5. Josh Roper (Shr) 41

6. Alex Myers (Sco) 48

7. Alex Niederer (GG) 49

8. Sam Fastle (Shr) 65

9. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 77

 

Sunday

1. Pat Smage (Shr) 0

2. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GG) 27

3. Karl Davis Jr. (Sco) 30

4. Alex Niederer (GG) 35

5. Josh Roper (Shr) 37

6. David Avendano (Ver) 42

7. Alex Myers (Sco) 44

8. Andreas Niederer (Bet) 57

9. Sam Fastle (Shr) 65

 

The GasGas North America Off-road Team returns to action on June 9 in Greensboro, Georgia for round four of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series.