We’re going to France!

We are super stoked that Ben Kelley and Josh Toth are on the 2017 AMA U.S. International Six Days of Enduro team! The ISDE is the annual FIM Enduro World Championship for national teams and is considered to be the Olympics of motorcycling.

Trail Jesters Athlete Josh Toth has been selected by the American Motorcyclist Association to race as a member of the Junior World Trophy team that will represent the United States in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, this August. Josh will ride his AmPro Factory Yamaha YZ250FX and join Grant Baylor and Layne Michael on the Junior World Trophy Team.

Josh Toth was the Top Overall Club rider and C1 Class Champion at the 2016 ISDE in Spain. (Photo by Art Pepin)

For the fourth year in a row Ben Kelley will compete in the FIM International Six Days of Enduro. The Trail Jesters KTM Racing rider was selected by the American Motorcyclist Association to race as a member of the U.S. ISDE Team. Ben will ride a 2017 KTM 250 XC-F and join fellow KTM riders Cody Webb and Ty Tremaine to go after the FIM ISDE Club Team championship.

Ben Kelley was the C2 Class Champion at the 2016 ISDE in Spain (Photo by Art Pepin)

 

 

FIM ISDE 2016 Results – Navarra, Spain

The FIM ISDE 2016 was an incredible adventure and set of accomplishments for Team Trail Jesters. There were 123 club teams entered from 35 countries. We are very proud to place 2nd as a team and grab a lot of individual awards.

Podium celebration for Team Trail Jesters!

Podium celebration for Team Trail Jesters!

As individuals:

Ben Kelley – Gold Medal, C2 class champion (that means his time sets the gold medal time for all others in the class.

Ben Kelley (photo by Art Pepin)

Ben Kelley (photo by Art Pepin)

Jason Klammer – Gold Medal (very proud of this ISDE rookie)

Jason Klammer (photo by Art Pepin)

Jason Klammer (photo by Art Pepin)

Josh Toth – Gold Medal, C1 class champion and top overall club rider (his 7th and 4th place overall test finishes in the Enduro Tests on day 4 make him one of the stand out newcomers in World Enduro)

Josh Toth (photo by Art Pepin)

Josh Toth (photo by Art Pepin)

Jester Ride Day 2016 – ISDE Fund Raiser

The 2016 Jester Ride Day was epic!  Thank you to the 121 riders that came out to join in the fun.  Thank you also to the riders family, friends and support crew who also made the day so special.  We raised $4,000+ towards the ISDE expenses for Ben Kelley, Josh Toth and Jason Klammer.

A special thank you to Malcolm Smith Racing, Tucker Rocky, Squid Decals and the many other supporters who donated prizes for our raffle. All photos by Leanne Dutlinger.

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Jester Ride Day – Ben Kelley won the Rabaconda Tire Changing Contest

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Jester Ride Day – Jimmy Decotis is always a fan favorite!

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Jester Ride Day – Junior riders and pros all had fun

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Jester Ride Day – Trail Boss Paul “Poacher” Goyette and Jimmy D

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Jester Ride Day – Jimmy D hitting the booter for the kids!

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Jester Ride Day – The Jester girls were there too!

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Jester Ride Day – Ben Gustavson in extreme section 2

Jester Ride Day - Extreme section one

Jester Ride Day – Extreme section 1

Ben Kelley interview

Offroad Champions sat down with Ben Kelley after his big win at Tough Like RORR. Read what Ben has to say about Tough Like RORR, his GNCC rookie season, ISDE plans and more. Click Here.

Kelley

Steve Hatch Racing

Steve Hatch says “If you want to be the best, you have to train with the best!”

We are super stoked to say that Trail Jesters GNCC team is now working with Steve Hatch. Steve is well known in the offroad racing world for bringing riders to peak performance and the top of the podium.  Ben Kelley and Josh Toth will begin training with SRH this summer. They both are working to move to next level results in GNCC and better prepare for the FIM ISDE in Spain this Fall.

For more information on Steve Hatch Racing check out their web site at www.stevehatchracing.com

Josh Toth, Steve Hatch and Ben Kelley.

Josh Toth, Steve Hatch and Ben Kelley.

2016 AMA ISDE Qualifier – Romney, WV

The Full Gas Sprint Enduro series has quickly taken hold as a professionally run and highly competitive format for East coast off road racing.  This past weekend the beautiful Boyer Farm in West Virgina was the site of FGSE round 3 which also served as this years east coast American Motorcyclist Association qualifying event for the 2016 FIM International Six Days of Enduro.  That meant that from this 2 day race the AMA would choose seven Team USA club riders, one women’s team and one Senior team member.  The remainder of the USA team will then be selected at the West Qualifier to be held in Idaho in June.

The goal for the weekend was simple … go after three Team USA spots by getting our riders in the top 7 overall of AMA Letter of Intent (LOI) racers. We certainly went through many highs, lows, challenges and personal bests over the two days.  And in the end Josh Toth, Jason Klammer and Ben Kelley delivered solid rides and earned their way to Spain. This will be the fourth time Spain has hosted the ISDE and the high desert terrain around Navarra will provide a challenge for New England riders.

Two time ISDE Gold medalist Ben Kelley was very bruised and sore from a bad get off at the previous weeks GNCC round.  But Ben pushed through the pain and stiffness to build his results test by test and end with his best weekend score a 5th in test6 on day2. Ben finished 4th in LOI and 13th overall. The newest jester, Jason Klammer, rode strong in both the cross and enduro tests consistently landing top 15 test scores overall. Jason finshed 3rd LOI and 8th overall clearly showing why he deserves a spot on Team USA. The high point of the weekend was watching ISDE veteran Josh Toth ride to a career best FGSE 4th overall and 1st LOI.  While Josh did well in the cross tests, it was in the enduro tests where he turned heads.  In the six enduro tests run over the two days, Josh finished 5, 1, 2, 4, 3, 2 … beating some of the very best professional off road racers in the world with his times thru the woods. While Josh finished just off the pro overall podium, it was very cool when Thad Duvall gave Josh a shout out during his trophy speech.

The excitement from the weekend will wear off soon and the planning, preparation and focus on Spain will take over. The riders and I want to say thank you to our support crew and our great sponsors … we for sure couldn’t do this without you.

Team Trail Jesters is headed to Spain

Team Trail Jesters is headed to Spain

2015 FIM ISDE – Day Minus 3

I know there are mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s, and girlfriends worried about these three while they are in Slovakia.  So today’s blog is for the ladies back home.

photo by Art Pepin

photo by Art Pepin

photo by Art Pepin

photo by Art Pepin

photo by Art Pepin

photo by Art Pepin

2015 FIM ISDE – Day Minus 4

Enduro test walk - photo by Art Pepin

Enduro test walk – photo by Art Pepin

Thursday September 3 was a day to walk the remaining special tests. The riders traverse the ribboned trails to see the soil, terrain, hills, etc first hand. The team finished walking all the Enduro and Cross tests today so days 1-5 are now complete.

Tanner Harding and Jeff Fredette helping Josh work on his bike - photo by Art Pepin

Tanner Harding and Jeff Fredette helping Josh work on his bike – photo by Art Pepin

In the afternoon the guys worked some more on their bikes getting them clean and dialed in.  KTM factory mechanic Tanner Harding and ISDE legend Jeff Fredette helped Josh out getting his rear brake light working.  Great to see the team work and eager help provided by the entire AMA Team USA support crew.

2015 FIM ISDE – Day Minus 5

On Wednesday we headed to the pits at 8:00am today to unpack the guys crates and build their bikes. By 11:00am they were out on the test track getting their suspensions dialed in with help from Gilles Trepanier and the crew. A lot of work in 90 degree heat but well worth it getting all major bike prep done in one day. I think these three pics show off the hard work these three riders have put in to get here … and how ready they are to race with the world’s best.

Ben Kelley - 2015 FIM ISDE - photo by Art Pepin

Ben Kelley – 2015 FIM ISDE – photo by Art Pepin

John Kelley - 2015 FIM ISDE - photo by Art Pepin

John Kelley – 2015 FIM ISDE – photo by Art Pepin

Josh Toth - 2015 FIM ISDE - photo by Art Pepin

Josh Toth – 2015 FIM ISDE – photo by Art Pepin

 

2015 FIM ISDE – Day Minus 6

First full day in Slovakia … we got up early and spent the day walking the special tests for days 5 & 6 of the ISDE.  A lot of beautiful forests, steep hilly terrain and climbs that seem to go on forever.  Altitude ranged from about 600 ft above sea level  in the city to over 2,500 at the high point of several tests. A lot like New England … but steeper ups and downs!  The guys are in great spirits and we all went to the first AMA meeting this evening to meet the Team USA riders and hear from AMA officials about the basic plans for this week as we (riders and support crew) get organized and ready to race!

Ben, Josh & John introduced at the AMA full team meeting (photo by Art Pepin)

Ben, Josh & John introduced at the AMA full team meeting (photo by Art Pepin)