AMA congratulates U.S. Trial des Nations team on third-place finish

PICKERINGTON, OH – September 26, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the U.S. riders who competed in the annual FIM Trial des Nations world championship. On Sept. 13-14, in St. Julia, Andorra, the U.S. men’s team finished an impressive third in the International Trophy division at the event, while the U.S. women’s team also represented America well, finishing eighth.

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The U.S. men’s team, which competed in the International Trophy division and finished behind Germany and Sweden, included Pat Smage from Wisconsin, Bryan Roper from Arizona, Daniel Blanc-Gonnet from Oregon and Andrew Putt from Pennsylvania. For the U.S. women’s team, the competitors were Sarah Duke from Colorado, Maddie Hoover from North Carolina and Rachel Hassler from New Mexico.

“The U.S. team did America proud in Andorra,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “Trials is an enormously competitive sport on the world level, and our riders appreciated the opportunity to test their skills against the world’s best. The Trials des Nations is an important event to attend to spread awareness of the sport back home and to establish our presence on the international stage.”

Todd Roper managed the U.S. Trials des Nations team.

“For the second year in a row, the U.S. men’s team made a podium finish, and the women’s team rode impressively well. We couldn’t be more proud of them,” Roper said. “With solid riders such as Daniel, Andrew, and Bryan expected to compete in 2015, this year’s result makes next year’s event really something to look forward to.

“We also want to thank Pat Smage for changing his schedule and riding for the U.S. team when originally selected rider Logan Bolopue was injured and couldn’t compete,” Roper added. “We also want to recognize the consistent media coverage and updates by Keith Roper to the U.S. Trial des Nations team Facebook page that kept everyone updated back home.”

In addition to the International Trophy division, select teams compete in the World Championship division at the FIM Trial des Nations. Spain, for the 11th time in a row, won the FIM World Championship over runner-up Great Britain.

This year, the U.S. team had 33 people attending the Andorran event. Sponsors included AIReS Relocation Services (Bryan Putt/www.aires.com), ZIP Express (Brad Baumert/www.zipexpress.com), Sid and Dawna Mauldin (www.swmtx.com), and motorcycle manufacturers/importers (Beta, GasGas and Sherco). Thanks also go to Martin Belair (www.usmontesa.com) for representing America as the FMN delegate.

The 2015 Trial des Nations will be Sept. 19-20 in Tarragona, Spain.

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, and it has evolved into one of the most anticipated motorcycle events of the year. Each competing country fields two teams: a men’s team consisting of four riders and a women’s team consisting of three riders.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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