AMA Racing Champions
2012 was a great year for AMA and ATVA competition. Here, some of the national champions and top competitors talk about the 2012 season, look ahead to the 2013 season, and explain why AMA and ATVA competition is the best racing on the planet. No other No. 1 plate matters.
Pat Smage: 2012 AMA NATC MotoTrials Pro champion
February 28, 2013
Pat Smage is one of those riders who defies gravity, and has been doing so for a dozen years. In 2012, the 22-year-old Elkhorn, Wis., resident earned the AMA NATC MotoTrials Championship title in the Pro class, facing some very stiff competition.
“Cody Webb has been my main competitor since I have been competitive in Pro class,” Smage says. “He is a great rider and always tough to beat. I feel like he and I are very similar in skill, so we are usually neck and neck with scores at the end of the day.”
The skill and dedication that trials riders exhibit is amazing. A question many people ask is, why do they do it?
“I love the challenge,” he says. “Every event, every section, and every rock is different, so what you are competing on is constantly changing. Add in the difficulty and severity of riding the Pro class, and you have one of the most difficult sports you can imagine. There is no better feeling then looking at something that looks impossible for you, and making it.
“The sense of accomplishment is just amazing,” he says. “The people that compete in MotoTrials are also some of the kindest I have met. They go out of their way to help other riders out constantly, which makes riding and competing an absolute joy.”
In 2013, Smage plans to ride the entire MotoTrials series, as well as the World Trial in Tennessee, and maybe the Trials des Nations in France.
“I will also be putting on ‘Smage Bros. Riding Shows’ with my brother, Phil. I am looking forward to another fun year!”
Smage isn’t sure how long he’ll continue to ride trials.
“Right now I have no set plan on how long I will be competing,” he says. “I figure as long as I am happy competing and it's not above my head, I will continue to compete. When I do decide its time to hang up the score card, I would love to stay active in the sport and help younger riders. I want to see another American go over to Europe and be competitive with the Europeans.”
When Smage isn’t competing he enjoys riding bicycles and driving RC cars.
“I feel it's important to step away from motorcycles every once in a while and enjoy other things,” he says. “It makes coming back to riding all the better.”
Smage said he would like to thank his supporters: Ryan Young Products, Sherco Motorcycles USA, Bangerz Sunz Eyewear, Go Fast! Sports, Zip Express, Maxima, S3, Monty “and my parents! I really can't thank RYP enough, they do everything possible to support me, and help me keep progressing my skills.
“Also, a big thanks to Bangerz Sunz sunglasses for stepping up the support this year,” he says.
Smage also hopes that motorcycle enthusiasts will check out the sport of MotoTrials.
“If you don't know what it's about, go out to a local event or if a national is coming near you, take the weekend and enjoy the sport,” he says. “It's a great sport that anyone can get into and have a good time.”