Smage & Freixa split at National MotoTrials opener; series moves to TTC May 28-29

Pat Smage in Florida; photo by Shan Moore

Our friend Shan Moore has the story of this past weekend’s Rounds 1 & 2 of the AMA/NATC USA National Championship MotoTrials Series in Florida in his Trials & Enduro News email newsletter:

The 2016 SWM US National Championship MotoTrials Series kicked off in Ocala, Florida this weekend where eight-time and defending US Champ Pat Smage (Team RYP/Zip Express/Dunlop/Maxima/Sherco) and former number three in the world, Spaniard Marc Freixa (US Montesa), split wins over the course of the two-day event.

Freixa is a welcomed addition to the American series, and in addition to competing in the championship he is also here to help develop American talent for Honda/Montesa. The 37-year-old retired from the world championship series five years ago and hasn’t ridden in competition until this weekend, so he came into the Florida event as somewhat of a dark horse. However, Smage had a good idea of what Freixa was capable of.

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Marc Freixa in Florida; photo by Shan Moore

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The series continues with Rounds 3 & 4 next weekend (May 28-29) here at the TTC with the with the help of our Southeastern Trials Riders Association (STRA) friends.  Details in this TTC blog post.