2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1 Report

Pat Smage tops pro invitational in Texas.

Pat Smage jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Pat Smage, who is poised to win an unprecedented 11th US National MotoTrials championship title in 2019, took an impressive win at the Super Trial in Luckenbach, Texas.Shan Moore

With an eye on an unprecedented 11th US National MotoTrials title, Pat Smage served notice that he is fit, hungry, and ready to take on all challengers during the 2019 season by claiming an impressive win at the 2019 Super Trial in Luckenbach, Texas. Smage was solid from the get-go on his FactoryONE/RYP/Sherco and turned in one flawless ride after another during Friday's qualifying session, which featured one lap of six man-made sections.

At the end of qualifying, Smage had dropped only one point, while the next closest competitor, Karl Davis Jr. (FactoryONE/RYP/Scorpa), had 12. GasGas North America's Alex Niederer came next with 25 points, while German rider Jan Peters and GasGas North America's Daniel Blanc-Gonnet tied for fourth with 27 points each.

Karl Davis Jr. jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Karl Davis Jr. turned in some spectacular rides en route to second place. “I rode okay, I thought,” Davis said. “I had a lot of mistakes, but I just kind of maintained. I was kind of doing the math the whole time in my head, trying to keep a good cushion, and it worked to my advantage. I’ve been riding really well, so [I’ve] got a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence going into Nebraska next weekend.”Shan Moore

In the Pro Women’s division, FactoryONE/RYP/Scorpa’s Louise Forsley led the way with 14 points, with GasGas North America’s Maddie Hoover, the defending Women’s Pro champion, in second with 20 points. Great Britain’s Donna Fox (23 points) and FactoryONE/RYP/Sherco’s Kylee Sweeten (36) followed.

Daniel Blanc-Gonnet jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Daniel Blanc-Gonnet was pleased with fourth place, and felt he was in good shape heading into the upcoming national series. “I’m pretty happy with the result,” Blanc-Gonnet said. “I wish I could have been one place higher. I know Jan [and I] usually go back and forth. Considering how today went, I think I salvaged a pretty good place. I’m looking forward to the nationals. Hopefully I can redeem myself there.”Shan Moore

Saturday’s finale was a Shootout that consisted of seven sections ridden forward and backward by each rider, with two riders being eliminated after the first three sections and then two more after the next two sections, leaving the top five to ride the final section for the title.

The five riders to transfer to the final section were Smage, Davis, Peters, Blanc-Gonnet, and rookie pro Alex Myers. In the end, the final section proved to be too difficult for anyone to get through, so each competitor was awarded a five-point score for the section and then all of the scores were tallied to find a winner. When all the scores were counted, Smage took the win with 11 points.

Jan Peters on crossing at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Jan Peters was fresh off of a solid finish at this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) and finished third in Texas on a TRS.Shan Moore

“It definitely feels great to start this way,” Smage said. “Now I know I’m where I need to be. This is far from a natural event, with the man-made sections, but just judging by how I felt in these sections and certain spots, I’m feeling good about where I’m at.”

Second went to Davis Jr. with a total of 39 points, while Peters (TRS) was third with 49 points. Blanc-Gonnet was fourth with 57 points, with Myers rounding out the top five just one point behind Blanc-Gonnet.

In the Pro Women’s division, Forsley took the win with 32 points, with Fox finishing second with 36 points, while Sweeten and Hoover tied for third.

Josh Roper jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Rookie pro Josh Roper is one of the up-and-comers who are expected to challenge Smage in the coming years.Shan Moore

2019 Super Trial Overall Results

Position Rider Brand
1 Pat Smage Sherco | 16
2 Karl Davis Jr. Scorpa | 39
3 Jan Peters TRS | 49
4 Daniel Blanc-Gonnet GasGas | 57
5 Alex Myers Scorpa | 58
Louise Forsley jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
In the Pro Women’s division, Louise Forsley (FactoryONE/RYP/Scorpa), who is hot off the Marvel Universe Live Tour, took the win with 32 points.Shan Moore
Sam Fastle jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Sam Fastle is making a gap during Saturday’s Shootout.Shan Moore
Andreas Niederer lands on boulder at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Andreas Niederer floats his factory Beta from one rock to another during Friday’s qualifying.Shan Moore
Alex Niederer at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Alex Niederer was third after qualifying, but a few mistakes dropped the Florida rider out of the top five.Shan Moore
Maddie Hoover performs at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Defending Women’s Pro champ Maddie Hoover was not as comfortable on the man-made sections, but said after the event that she is ready for the upcoming US National Series.Shan Moore
Alex Myers jumps at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Rookie pro Alex Myers turned a few heads with his fifth overall finish.Shan Moore
Kylee Sweeten jumps tires at the 2019 Luckenbach Super Trial Round 1.
Kylee Sweeten came all the way from Oregon to participate in the Super Trial.Shan Moore