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2018 X-Factor Whitetails GNCC Team Report – Peru, IN

Ben got off the starting line well but slowed in the extreme dust on the second and third straightaways leaving him to enter the woods in 14th place in class. At the end of the first lap Ben had worked his way up to 7th place but was 40 seconds off the lead and thus had his work cut out for him the remainder of the 3 hour race. Ben climbed up to 4th by lap 2 and then to 2nd place by lap 5 but still 30 seconds separated him from class leader Josh Toth. Ben put on a charge to try to catch his fellow KTM rider laying down his best lap time of the race on the white flag lap but fell 8 seconds short at the checkered flag. The spectators enjoyed another great battle from this pair of riders from Connecticut.

Ben’s FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F ran flawlessly and his pace landed him ninth overall for the day. Ben holds a 25 point lead in the XC2 250 Pro class series heading in GNCC round 7.

In the 250 A class Simon Johnson took 5th place and Owen Giese took 7th place. Simon and Owen ride FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F bikes from Edelmann Sales in Troy, New York. Simon is currently in third place for the 250 A series points with Owen in fourth place after six rounds.

2018 National Enduro rd 4 – Arrington, VA

Ben Kelley got off to a slow start at Dragon Back National Enduro round 4 in Arrington, VA. But by test 3 Ben started to pick up his pace and with the final two tests moved up to 5th in NE Pro1 class and the overall.

Kelley: “I felt like I rode good in the last two tests. I was just not aggressive enough in the beginning so I was just off pace.”

2018 Camp Coker GNCC Team Report – Society Hill, SC

Ben Kelley takes second in XC2 250 Pro and seventh overall at Camp Coker GNCC in Society Hill, South Carolina.

Round 5 didn’t begin too well for Ben as he and another rider came together and went down in the second corner. After a good dirt sample Ben remounted and got going again albeit dead last in class. When he came around the first lap Ben was in 14th place in XC2 and more than a minute off the class leaders. Ben went to work and moved steadily up through the field until taking over the second spot by the half way point in the race … but still more than a minute behind race leader FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth. As the race progressed over the rough and dusty course Ben charged on his factory prepared FMF KTM 250 XC-F to finish second in XC2 250 Pro class by 12 seconds and his pace also landed him seventh overall for the day.

Ben retains the series points lead in XC2 250 Pro class heading in GNCC round 6.

In the 250 A class Simon Johnson worked his way from 12th in class after the first lap up to fourth place at the finish. While Owen Giese took 5th in 250 A class. Simon and Owen ride FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F bikes from Edelmann Sales in Troy, New York.

Simon is currently in third place for the 250 A series points with Owen in fourth place after five rounds.


2018 National Enduro rd 3 – Lynnville, IN

Ben Kelley takes 4th overall at Red Fox National Enduro round 3 in Lynnville, IN. The rain soaked and super muddy single track made for tough enduro conditions … just the way it should be. Ben had solid 4th place test scores but in test5 got stuck for a bit and found the ground too many times. Ben sits in 3rd place National Enduro NE Pro1 championship series points heading into round 4.

(Shan Moore photo)

Kelley: “It went ok, I rode decent. I think I could have rode a lot better but I was sick all week with a stomach bug so I couldn’t eat or drink water. I was really low on energy.”

2018 FMF Steele Creek GNCC Team Report – Morganton, NC

Ben Kelley claimed his third win in a row at Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, North Carolina. Ben got off the starting line in fourth place and took over the XC2 250 Pro class lead on lap 1 to go on and lead every lap to the wire. Ben battled through the first half of the race with fellow KTM rider Josh Toth as the duo worked their way up in the overall. In the later part of the race Ben opened up the lead eventually winning by over 2 minutes on his FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F. Ben’s pace also landed him in forth overall for the day on the rough North Carolina track. Ben has solidified his series points lead in XC2 250 Pro class heading in GNCC round 5.

In the 250 A class team riders Simon Johnson and Owen Giese both had setbacks on the start of the race but passed their way up in class throughout the three hour PM race climbing up to 4th and 5th at the checkers. Simon and Owen ride FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F bikes from Edelmann Sales in Troy, New York. Simon remains in third 250 A series points with Owen in fifth place after four rounds.