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The 1992 U.S. Trials des Nations team (l-r): Ryan Young, Geoff Aaron, Raymond Peters and Cory Pincock.

Trial des Nations: The History


Hosting the world

In 1992, the U.S. hosted both the final round of the World Trials Championship, as well as the Trial des Nations. Read about it in the January 1993 issue of American Motorcyclist.


January 1993

The Trial des Nations ("TdN" for short) was conceived in Europe in 1983 as an Olympics of trials motor sports. The intent was to bring the best trials riders from each country together to compete as a team rather than individually. This TdN is the pinnacle of trials competition and is held after the last round of the World Championship Trials Series.

There are both men's and women’s teams, and each country picks teams consisting of four men and three women. These individuals are typically the top ranked riders in their country. The scoring is based on the team total with the best 3 total scores counted for the men and best two for the women. The individual scores are intentionally not made public to genuinely encourage team effort.

Each year, the TdN is hosted by a different country. Each host country feels a tremendous amount of honor and pride knowing that they are hosting the best of the best in the trials world. Even countries that do not compete in the World Championship Series make a special effort to attend this prestigious event.

The organizing body, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), made a very significant change in 1995. They recognized that they could not grow the sport having only a single-competition class structure, given that the majority of entrants were not professional trials riders. The FIM added a second, less competitive class called the “B” class, with the “A” class being intended for the top riders of the world. There are typically nine countries entered in this prestigious “A” class, and about 14 countries in the “B” class.

The FIM’s addition of this second class allowed the majority of the countries’ teams to compete on a more level field, with individuals of similar abilities.

Past U.S. Teams

Year
Country
Place
Riders
1984 Poland 9th Curt Comer on Armstrong, Morgan Kavanaugh on SWM, Dave Pyle on Fantic
1985 Italy 11th Kip Webb, Morgan Kavanaugh on Beta, Ryan Young, Mark Manniko on Fantic
1986 Austria 9th Kip Webb on Beta, Ryan Young on Beta, Mike West, Steve McNeil on Fantic
1987 Finland 9th Kip Webb, Ryan Young, Ron Commo on Beta, Mark Manniko on Fantic
1988 Czechoslovakia 9th Ryan Young, Ron Commo, Andy Saum on Beta, Mark Manniko on Fantic
1989 Belgium 14th Kip Webb, Ron Commo, Mark Manniko on Fantic, Ryan Young on Beta
1990 France 10th Ryan Young on Beta, Geoff Aaron, Todd Roper on Aprilia, Mark Manniko on Fantic
1991 Germany 14th Ryan Young, Ron Commo on Beta, Geoff Aaron, Ray Peters on Aprilia
1992 USA 9th Ryan Young, Geoff Aaron, Ray Peters on Aprilia, Cory Pincock on GasGas
1993 Ireland 12th Geoff Aaron, Ron Commo on Beta, Jess Kempkes on GasGas, Ray Peters on Aprilia
1994 Andorra 16th Lonnie Halstead on Montesa, Matt Moore, Andy Saum, Jess Kempkes all on GasGas
In 1995, the competition was split into A and B classes.
1995 Austria 4th B Geoff Aaron on Beta, Jess Kempkes, Matt Moore on GasGas, Ray Peters on Fantic
1996 Sweden 4th B Geoff Aaron, Lonnie Halstead on Beta, Matt Moore ob GasGas, Ray Peters on Scorpa
1997 Isle of Man 11th B Geoff Aaron, Lonnie Halstead on Beta, Jess Kempkes on GasGas, Ray Peters on Scorpa
1998 Italy 5th B Geoff Aaron on Beta, Ray Peters on GasGas, Matt Moore, Dennis Sweeten on Montesa
1999 Luxembourg 4th B Geoff Aaron on Beta, Ray Peters on Sherco, Andy Johnson on Montesa, Travis Fox on GasGas
In 2000, the women’s division was added.
2000 Men’s Spain 1st B Geoff Aaron on Beta, Jess Kempkes, Cory Pincock on GasGas, Ray Petes on Sherco
2000 Women’s 8th Pam DeBruin on Montesa, Debbie Evans Leavitt on GasGas
2001 France —- Teams did not compete because of the 911 bombing attack on America.
2002
Men’s
Portugal 2nd B Geoff Aaron on GasGas, Travis Fox on Sherco, Andy Johnson on Beta, Chris Florin on Montesa
2002
Women’s
7th Nicole Bradford on GasGas, Kerrie Brokaw on Montesa, Louise Forsley on Sherco
2003
Men’s
Italy 4th B Geoff Aaron on GasGas, Travis Fox on Sherco, Andy Johnson Beta, Chris Florin on Montesa
2003
Women’s
7th Nicole Bradford on GasGas, Kerrie Brokaw on Montesa, Andrea Davis on Sherco
2004
Men’s
Spain 6th B Geoff Aaron, Cody Webb on GasGas Ray Peters on Beta, Chris Florin on Montesa
2004
Women’s
8th Nicole Bradford on GasGas, Debbie Evans Leavitt , Louise Forsley on Sherco
2005
Men’s
Italy 1st B Geoff Aaron, Chris Florin, Keith Wineland on GasGas, Cody Webb on Sherco
2005
Women’s
9th Nicole Bradford, Sarah Duke on GasGas, Louise Forsley on Sherco
For 2006, the U.S. men’s team switches to the A class.
2006
Men’s
France 9th A Geoff Aaron, Chris Florin, Keith Wineland on GasGas, Cody Webb on Sherco
2006
Women’s
7th Sarah Duke on GasGas, Louise Forsley on Sherco
2007
Men’s
Isle of Man 6th A Chris Florin on GasGas, Cody Webb, Patrick Smage on Sherco, Will Ibsen on Scorpa
2007
Women’s
6th Sarah Duke on GasGas, Louise Forsley on Sherco
2008 Men's Andorra 7th (A) Christopher Florin, Ron Commo III, Cody Webb, Keith Wineland
2008 Women's 7th Caroline Allen, Sarah Duke, Louise Forsley
2009 Men's Italy 5th (A) Will Ibsen, Patrick Smage, Cody Webb, Keith Wineland
2009 Women's 8th Caroline Allen, Sarah Duke
2010 Men's Great Britain 4th (B) Patrick Smage, Cody Webb, Keith Wineland
2010 Women's 8th Caroline Allen, Sarah Duke
2011 Men's Italy 7th (B) Karl Davis, Ryan Roper, Erik Storz, Keith Wineland
2011 Women's 7th Caroline Allen, Sarah Duke, Louise Forsley

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