PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Eight of the nation's best trials riders, including 11-time AMA/MotoTrials National Champion Pat Smage, have been selected to represent the United States at the 2019 FIM Trial des Nations, which takes place Sept. 28-29 in Ibiza, Spain.
The 2019 U.S. men's team includes Smage (Sherco), Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (GasGas) and Joshua Roper (Sherco). Alex Myers (Scorpa) is the alternate rider. The U.S. women's team features riders Madeleine Hoover (GasGas) and Louise Forsley (Scorpa). Kylee Sweeten (Sherco) is the team's alternate rider.
The event is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, and the U.S. teams are organized by the AMA and the North American Trials Council.
"The AMA looks forward to great results from both teams at this year's running of the Trials Des Nations," AMA Racing Assistant Manager Mike Jolly said. "We have a very strong men's team this year, led by international competition veterans Pat Smage and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet.
"Our women's team keeps getting stronger every year, and we're happy to have Madeleine, with her experience on the world stage, competing on the team," Jolly said. "We're also happy to welcome back Louise after a five-year hiatus, while she worked as a stunt rider for Marvel Universe live shows."
The sport of trials involves riders navigating their motorcycles over seemingly impossible terrain.
The FIM Trial des Nations began in Europe in 1983 as a way to bring the best trials riders from each country together to compete as teams. It has evolved into one of the most anticipated motorcycle events of the year. Each competing country fields two teams: a men's and women's team, each consisting of three riders.
The U.S. team finished in second place in 2017 and 2018 in the B Class.
Fans wishing to support the team can do so by sending a check payable to:
NATC - TdN
5119 W. Barbara Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302
Or contact the North American Trials Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View updates about the team at www.facebook.com/USATrialDesNations.
For more information on the event, visit www.trialgp.com.
For more information on the AMA involvement in observed trials and international trials competition, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/Observed-Trials.