The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the men’s and women’s teams for the 2012 Trial des Nations in Moutier, Switzerland, on Sept. 30.
The U.S. men’s team will include riders Cody Webb from Royal Oaks, Calif., Bryan Roper from Glendale, Ariz., Karl Davis Jr. from Ormond Beach, Fla., and Eric Storz from Ventura, Calif. For the U.S. women’s team, the competitors are Louise Forsley from Bernardston, Mass., Caroline Allen from Norton, Mass., and Rachel Hassler from Albuquerque, N.M.
The team will be managed by Kip Webb. Martin Belair will serve as the delegate to the hosting nation’s FIM affiliate organization.
“MotoTrials is one of motorcycling’s most enduring disciplines, and its popularity is growing,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “Events such as the Trial des Nations play a key role in that popularity by bringing together the best trials riders in the world. It is an honor for AMA racers to compete at this event, and we’re looking forward to a strong showing in Switzerland this September.”
Webb said the bar is high at the Trial des Nations but that the American squad has what it takes to compete.
“The Trial des Nations is a fantastic opportunity for our American riders to compete on a truly international level,” Webb said. “The experience gained from this competition proves invaluable for our riders, helping them improve their skills as well as bringing home new techniques that are shared with other American riders furthering advancement.”
The sport of trials involves riders navigating their motorcycles over seemingly impossible terrain. The 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.