2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials Report

Pat Smage wins rounds 1 and 2 of the NATC/AMA US National MotoTrials Series.

Pat Smage jumps boulder at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Pat Smage talked more about why he was nervous on Sunday. “When the sections are all cleanable—and it’s not that they were all easy, but they were all cleanable—it gets really stressful, especially after the first loop is clean,” he said. “Then the third loop comes around and each section it’s like that’s one more, one more. Toward the end it’s just a mental battle all day, but it just builds until the very last section.”Shan Moore

Pat Smage swept rounds 1 and 2 of the 2019 NATC/AMA US MotoTrials Series in Nehawka, Nebraska, taking relatively easy wins on each day of the two-day event. The FactoryOne/RYP/Sherco rider was solid and precise on the slippery terrain, dropping just eight points out of 36 sections to win the first day. On day two, Smage was statistically perfect, nailing his feet to the pegs en route to a clean day. Even though he "zeroed" all 36 sections on Sunday, Smage admitted to being a bit nervous due to the easy nature of the sections.

“It was very stressful,” Smage said. “This is kind of my least favorite trial to ride, especially with how good everyone was riding. I knew I had to stay perfect to have a chance at it. I couldn’t afford any mistakes. Those guys are riding really well.”

Alex Myers jumps up incline at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Alex Myers surprised the series regulars by taking the runner-up finish on Sunday behind Smage.Shan Moore
Jan Peters does wheelie onto log at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Jan Peters of Germany was pleased with his second-place finish on Saturday. “Today was that kind of race where you think the whole day that your riding is bad,” Peters said. “I think it was so slippery and I made so many silly mistakes. It’s quick in these conditions. That’s why the whole day I thought, ‘Oh, how am I going to explain this one?’ That I’m second in the end is super good. I don’t think I can do any better than second. Mission accomplished.”Shan Moore

Jan Peters of Germany scored 40 points on Saturday to finish second on a TRS, while third went to Vertigo-sponsored David Avendaño of Venezuela with 48 points. GasGas North America's Alex Niederer was two points behind Avendaño in fourth, with rookie pro Josh Roper turning in a solid ride for fifth with 53 points on a FactoryOne-backed Sherco.

David Avendaño goes up hill at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Seven-time Venezuelan trials champion David Avendaño is competing in this year’s US MotoTrial Series for the US Vertigo importer, Vertigo USA. Avendaño currently lives in Barcelona.Shan Moore

Third on Sunday went to GasGas North America’s Alex Niederer, who had been in contention for second, but an unlucky five in one of the sections dropped him to third. Avendaño was fourth with Roper in fifth with 34 points.

The 2019 NATC/AMA US National MotoTrials Series will see action next weekend with rounds 3 and 4 of the series in Gilbert, Minnesota.

Alex Niederer jumps off of boulder with his dirt bike at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
GasGas North America’s Alex Niederer sits in a two-way tie with Alex Myers for second in the series standings after posting fourth- and third-place finishes.Shan Moore

2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials Pro Class Results - Saturday

Position Rider Brand
1 Pat Smage Sherco | 8
2 Jan Peters TRS | 40
3 David Avendaño Vertigo | 48
4 Alex Niederer GasGas | 50
5 Josh Roper Sherco | 53
6 Karl Davis Jr. Scorpa | 57
7 Alex Myers Scorpa | 58
8 Daniel Blanc-Gonnet GasGas | 59
9 Andreas Niederer Beta | 86
10 Sam Fastle Sherco | 94
Daniel Blanc-Gonnet rides down boulders at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Ranked number two in last year’s Pro rankings, GasGas North America’s Daniel Blanc-Gonnet came into this year’s season with high expectations. The Oregon native was disappointed in his eighth- and ninth-place finishes.Shan Moore

Sunday’s event offered up a surprise when rookie pro Alex Myers finished second to Smage in just his second ride as a pro. Myers dropped eight points on his first lap and 13 on his second, but turned up the heat on the final lap to produce a stunning two-point lap for a total of 23 for the day.

“This kind of surprised me,” Myers said. “Yesterday I had a seventh place, which wasn’t where I wanted to be on my first ride in the Pro class, but today I just gathered what I learned from yesterday and put it all together. At the end of the day, I worked all the kinks out and I’m super happy to get second.”

Andreas Niederer jumps over boulder at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Beta USA’s Andreas Niederer turned in some spectacular rides during the two days in Nebraska.Shan Moore

2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials Pro Class Results - Sunday

Position Rider Brand
1 Pat Smage Sherco | 0
2 Alex Myers Scorpa | 23
3 Alex Niederer GasGas | 27
4 David Avendaño Vertigo | 29
5 Josh Roper Sherco | 34
6 Sam Fastle Sherco | 39
7 Jan Peters TRS | 43
8 Karl Davis Jr. Scorpa | 45
9 Daniel Blanc-Gonnet GasGas | 51
10 Andreas Niederer Beta | 54
Maddie Hoover rides at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
Defending US Women’s Pro champion Maddie Hoover got her title defense off to a good start by winning both days in Nebraska.Shan Moore

2019 Pro Class Championship Point Standings

Position Rider Brand Points
1 Pat Smage Sherco 60
2 Alex Niederer GasGas 39
3 Alex Myers Scorpa 39
4 David Avendaño Vertigo 39
5 Jan Peters TRS 39
6 Josh Roper Sherco 32
7 Karl Davis Jr. Scorpa 28
8 Sam Fastle Sherco 26
9 Daniel Blanc-Gonnet GasGas 25
10 Andreas Niederer Beta 23
Karl Davis Jr. fights for his balance in “Stairway to Heaven.”
Karl Davis Jr. fights for his balance in “Stairway to Heaven,” one of the toughest sections of the event.Shan Moore
Sam Fastle rides up hill at the 2019 Nebraska National MotoTrials.
FactoryOne/RYP/Sherco rider Sam Fastle cleans the opening section of the weekend.Shan Moore