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.
Andrew Putt: 2012 two-time MotoTrials champion
March 18, 2013
Andrew Putt, a 14-year-old trials rider from Venetia, Pa., certainly knows how to defy gravity on his motorcycle.
He’s so good that he won two national championships in 2012: the Junior Class title in the AMA NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series, and the national championship in the Youth 15 & Under class of the AMA NATC East Coast Youth National MotoTrials Championship Series.
But winning wasn’t easy due to stiff competition, including “David Roper, Colton Weaver and Luke Gray,” Putt says. “Each of them are great riders—very consistent and never let off the pressure in each event last year.”
Putt started riding dirtbikes when he was 5, but he’s only been riding trials for three years and competing for two years.
“MotoTrials is a great discipline of motorcycle riding,” Putt says. “It requires balance, precision and a lot of thought and strategy in understanding the lines and obstacles.
“It is very challenging and constant focus is required to ride well,” he says. “It also provides a lot of time on the bike, riding the loop between sections through the day. The skills you master in trials also transfer really well to other off-road disciplines. As you can see in Endurocross, many of the top level riders have trials backgrounds.
For 2013, Putt is stepping up his competition plans.
“AMA I'm planning to ride the Expert class in the NATC National MotoTrial series, as well as contest the Youth 15 & Under Championship class again,” he says. “I also hope to travel to Europe and compete in a round or two over there later in the year when our National season is complete.
“I plan on racing this series for the foreseeable future,” he says. “My goal is to compete at the pro level here in the AMA NATC National series, and at some stage to compete in Europe at the world level. I would really like to see the U.S.A. represented on an international level, and with some of our pros planning to go over there next year to compete, I hope to be a part of the process and help our country become more prominent in the sport.”
Besides riding trials, Putt enjoys trials bicycles and bouldering/climbing.
“I also like to snow ski and participate in water sports with my family,” he says. “But the riding schedule is pretty packed, so that's where most of my time is spent!”
Who are Putt’s supporters?
“RYP and Sherco USA,” he says. “I would really like to thank Ryan Young and Brad Baumert, they are awesome with their support and encouragement and have really helped me with my development and success in the sport so far. I would also thank the entire RYP/Sherco USA team, they are a great team, and even pro riders like Pat Smage, Karl Davis Jr. and Brian Roper take the time to give advice and help the younger riders improve.
“Finally, I would thank my parents, who are so supportive of my riding, and make the whole thing a great family adventure!” he says.
Putt adds: “MotoTrials is a great sport, and I would love to see it grow. I am excited to be a part of it, and really want to help develop, market and share it with more people. It is a very welcoming community, and still a family-oriented environment, which is really nice. More people need to give it a try.”