AMA Announces 2017 U.S. Trials des Nations Team

| 7 June 2017 4:05 pm

2017 FIM Trial des Nations
Baiona, Spain

Courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association

The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the members of the 2017 U.S. Trial des Nations teams who will travel to Baiona, Spain, where they will compete against the best trials riders in the world on September 23 and 24.

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The 2017 U.S. men’s team includes Montesa rider Daniel Blanc-Gonnet, Gas Gas rider Bryan Roper and Sherco rider Pat Smage. The men’s team alternate is Sherco rider Sam Fastle.

The 2017 U.S. women’s team is comprised of Gas Gas riders Rachel Hassler and Madeleine Hoover, and Sherco rider Kylee Sweeten. The women’s alternate is Scorpa rider Madison Leigh.

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.

“Trials competition is a growing sport in the United States, and we welcome this opportunity to showcase our best riders on the world stage,” said AMA director of racing Kevin Crowther. “We’re very proud of these AMA members who will challenge the world’s best.”

The U.S. team will be managed by Todd Roper.

“I could not be more satisfied with our teams this year,” Roper said. “All of these men and women have proven themselves over many years of competition, and we are anticipating a strong showing. We are very much looking forward to rejoining our friends and competitors from the international community in 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 and a women’s team, each consisting of three riders.

“Overall, we are attempting to create the opportunity for our riders to be able to participate in the Trial des Nations in such a way that they can focus on what they do best – riding,” Roper said. “Sometimes the trip details and logistics can get in the way of the fun, and we intend to help as much as possible by creating a once-in-a-lifetime event every year.”

Fans wishing to support the team can do so by purchasing Trial des Nations apparel, which is available at

You can also support the team by sending a check made payable to:

5119 West Barbara Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85302

Contact the North American Trials Council at View updates about the team at

“A very special ‘thank you’ must be given to our friends in California, headed up by Jared Malmquist,” Roper said. “With their efforts at local trials and the El Trial de España, they were able to raise some significant funds for our U.S. team this year.”

The support of sponsors is crucial to the ability of the teams to compete. The teams’ 2017 sponsors include Zip Express (Brad Baumert/, Specialty Welding and Machine (Dawna Maulden/, Integrated Solutions Inc. (Ropers/, Ryan Young Products (Ryan Young/, US Montesa (Martin Belair/, Gas Gas USA (Geoff Aaron/, and the motorcycle manufacturers and importers.

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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 Not a member? Join the AMA today at

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