Cannonball GNCC rd 2 – Sparta, GA

Round 2 of the GNCC series took Trail Jesters Racing to Sparta, Georgia. The riders and crew were in good spirits and looking forward to the upcoming grueling duel with many of the top riders in the world. The guys got off the line pretty well and moved into the top 10 in XC2 and in the low 20’s overall.  After two laps Josh sat 7/21 and Ben was 8/22 only 2 seconds back! They shortly thereafter hit their first pit stop for fuel … coming out Josh’s bike wouldn’t start and that pretty much ended his day at 2 laps completed. Bummer for Josh to take a mech DNF, but he will bounce back next round.

Ben rode hard and smart picking up places and maintaining a great pace to take 6th place XC2 and 17th overall.  Ben now sits 5th in the XC2 championship points chase.

Ben Kelley 6th place XC2 GNCC rd 2 (photo by Leanne Dutlinger)

Ben Kelley 6th place XC2 GNCC rd 2
            (photo by Leanne Dutlinger)

Wild Boar GNCC rd 1 – Palatka, FL

The race season officially began for Trail Jesters Racing at Wild Boar GNCC.  Now in our third year as a team, racing the entire GNCC series is the biggest challenge and opportunity to date for our young guns from New England. We were fortunate that team mate Jason Klammer could join in for round 1 as well. On race day spirits and anticipation were high in the Trail Jesters pits. The Wild Boar sand whoops and terrain proved to be brutal on the riders and the lappers only added to the obstacles to overcome! All in all it was a great start to the season with Josh finishing 6th XC2 & 16th overall, Ben took 7th XC2 & 18th OA and Jason placed 9th XC2 & 20th OA. That’s right!  All three jesters in the top 10 XC2 Pro Lites and top 20 Overall!!! Great showing by the team at this grueling test of man and machine.

Josh Toth 6th place XC2 GNCC rd 1 (photo by Art Pepin)

Josh Toth 6th place XC2 GNCC rd 1 (photo by Art Pepin)