This was a great year for Trials. Competition was fierce all the way to the end of the season.
Rounds five and six in Ohio ended with Elliot Key placing 1st in the High School class riding his Evo 125 two stroke on Saturday and 2nd place on Sunday. Andreas Niederer wound up finishing in 2nd place on both days riding his Evo 300 Factory Edition, while team manager Ray Peters took 1st place on both days in the Sr-Expert class. Grayson Hertrich finished in 2nd place in the Expert Sportsman Class on Saturday just five points behind 1st place, while finishing in 3rd place on Sunday at the event.
In the Women Class, rider Sadie Webb took a solid 2nd place on both days in Ohio, while riding her Evo 200 two stroke. Team managers wife Laura Peters took 4th place both days at the Ohio event, only a couple of points from the podium each day.
Rounds seven and eight of the Moto Trials series just finished up last weekend in Exeter Rhode Island. The series standings had a shift in some classes as a result of neck-to-neck competitiveness that lasted throughout the season.
The weather in Rhode Island for the last event was far from perfect, with a rain shower on the first day of the event. The course became slippery, making it tough for riders to get traction when navigating through the already complicated obstacles. If that wasn’t enough, the riders also had to battle with the mental side of finishing the season as a result of the points standings being so close.
Elliot Key catching some air at the Ohio course
Elliot Key, claims another series championship win for both the Western and eastern series of the High School class in the Moto Trials series. Elliot also had a close finish in the western series with just a 10pt lead over second place, but blew the competition away in the Eastern series.
Elliot Key’s Quote from Ohio:
“First, I would like to say that the organizer, TI did a great job setting up and running the trial. Saturdays sections were challenging. The sand and pea gravel in some cases made traction difficult. I got the win dropping 18 points.”
“On Sunday, section 2 was very difficult but it made for an awesome challenge for me. I dropped more points there than I wanted. At the end of the day I came up 1 point short of first place.”
Elliot Key going vertical at the Rhode Island Course
Elliot Key’s Quote from Rhode Island:
“Since it poured on Saturday, I went into the day thinking it was going to be slick and muddy, but it ended up being very ride-able. Going into the last loop I had 33 points, and my dad told me that I had two hours left and to take my time and walk every single section with Ray Peters who has helped me through this whole trials season. We did take our time, only having 10 minutes to spare and came in with a 12 point loop! I was able to put Beta on the first place podium both days.”
“I want to say a big thanks to my dad for keeping all the bikes running and taking care of the Beta pits this whole season. He supports me and all the Beta Riders, giving us encouragement each time we are in the pits.”
Team Manager Ray Peters navigating through some tight terran
Team Manager Ray Peters skipping over a rock,
while trying not to hit the surrounding trees on the Ohio course
Ray Peters Quote:
“I made the decision to ride in the Sr. Expert Class this season so that I could help the team grow, and support them in increasing their abilities for the season.”
Sadie Webb battling a slippery section of the course at Rhode Island
Sadie Webb’s Quote:
“Overall this season has been amazing! There was some tough competition that ultimately left me in second place, but I’m still very happy with my ride. Both local Eastern clubs put on excellent events and created an awesome end to the NATC season. I’m so grateful for all my sponsors and the support from Beta USA, couldn’t have done it without them.”
Laura Peters Riding Over a Slippery Hump
Laura Peters Quote:
“I started last Fall with a cast on my foot as result of a stress fracture and couldn’t ride until around Christmas time. I won the Club women Class, and I felt so confident riding my new 2017 Evo 200 that I entered the Women’s class in Kansas. I managed to pull of a 3rd place the first day at The Rhode Island event, and only missed the podium on the second day by one point.”
The Trials Team Celebrating the Seasons End
Beta’s Tim Pilg,
“I am very happy with how our riders did this year. The sport is starting to pick up more interest from riders and our team is showing improvements. The future looks bright for the sport and our team. Thank you to everyone that has made this year possible and for the riders who have dedicated so much to sport. A special thanks to our Team Manager Ray Peters, Minder Ron Lee, and Team Technician Chris Key for making the season great.”