J Day Off Road – Winter Wick 2017

February 19, 2017 was the start of the JDay Off Road season in New England. The legendary Southwick Motocross 338 facility would produce some sand, snow, ice, frozen ground, mud, ruts, extreme slippery telephone poles and a whole lot more for a challenging track layout. The temperatures were and in the 50’s, so a mild day with a clear skies made for a great day racing.

Josh Toth took the overall with two dominant moto wins (Art Pepin photo)

Simon Johnson went 5-4 for 4th overall in his first AA/Pro race! (Art Pepin photo)

Zack Toth went 9-7 for 8th overall. Way to break in the new bike Zack!

Taylor Johnston went 1-1 for the Women’s class win! (Art Pepin photo)

Parker Goyette went 1-1 to take Mini B class! (Art Pepin photo)

 

J Day Hemonds SE & GP – Minot, ME

Great weekend of racing up in Maine at the Hemond’s facility for a 2 day J Day Offroad event.  On Saturday Ben Kelley took first followed closely by Josh Toth in second overall in Sprint Enduro.  Taylor Johnston rode strong to take the Sprint Enduro Women’s class making it four in a row for her. Sunday the GP Pro Class races were fast and bar-to-bar with Josh Toth going 4-3 for 3rd overall and Ben Kelley going 6-2 for 4th overall.

Ben Kelley 1st overall - Sprint Enduro

Ben Kelley 1st overall – Sprint Enduro

Taylor Johnston 1st Women's Class - Sprint Enduro

Taylor Johnston 1st Women’s – Sprint Enduro

Josh Toth 3rd overall - JDay GP

Josh Toth 3rd overall – JDay GP

Taylor Johnston shines at J Day Stateline 2 day

Taylor Johnston keeps upping her game and showed us why she is one of the top female offroad riders in New England.  Taylor is racing the J Day Offroad Sprint Enduro series this year and came into round 3 gunning for her third win of the season.  True to form Taylor won all 9 tests and more importantly improved her speed in the cross tests. With some coaxing from her Dad and me 🙂 she decided to also race on Sunday at the J Day Offroad GP round 6.  Taylor hasn’t run a J Day GP in 2 years and so we were all interested to see how she would stack up to the fast ladies running that series. The Sunday rain that started out wetting the track and then later in the day drenching the track seemed to bring out the beast in Taylor. Sweeping both motos she again stood a top the podium and took the pay out.  Thank you John Day for putting up a purse for the Women’s class! We are very proud of what Taylor has accomplished and that she still remains a humble hard working graduate student to boot!

Taylor on her way to Sprint Enduro victory on day 1.

Taylor on her way to Sprint Enduro victory on day 1.

Top step of the podium both days!

Top step of the podium both days!

 

J Day Sprint Enduro Series

Ben Kelley 1st overall J Day Sprint Enduro round 4 (photo by Art Pepin)

Ben Kelley 1st overall J Day Sprint Enduro round 4 (photo by Art Pepin)

#repost from @jdayoffroadsprintenduro

“Ben Kelley has taken the 2015 J Day Sprint Enduros by storm! Ben has proven his raw speed by winning 3 out of 3 #JDayE events! With the series 4 rounds deep and Ben fulfilling his work credit at round 1, he is a definite favorite for the 2015 Sprint Enduro Championship!”

Early Season Recap & March Outlook

atl2-jd1As we head into March I am very proud of how well many jesters have started their season.

At the J Day Offroad Winter GP series we have had John Kelly, Josh and Taylor Johnston on the podium. With John taking 3rd overall at SnowDay GP, Josh taking 2nd overall at Blizzard GP and Taylor taking first in women’s class at Blizzard GP.  The really cool thing is that by virtue of his four moto finishes … Josh Toth has also taken 2nd in championship pro class for the two race series. All three of these jesters have shown consistency and versatility in these accomplishments.

Team Maine Racing has been burning up the United States Cross Country East snowmobile race series. Taking podiums in every class entered. In fact after 3 races I have lost track of the podium count but I do know that the team has their eye on several class championships. The next two races are in Maine and I expect the winning ways of TMR to continue on their home turf.

On the Supercross front Jimmy Decotis is three races in to the SX 250 Lites East championship. Jimmy had his share of bad luck and inconsistency in the first two rounds. While he did make the main at both races, I am sure he was frustrated knowing he is better than where he ended up. Well, whatever was holding Jimmy back went completely away at round 3 in Atlanta. Jimmy took 3rd in his heat race and then went out to claim a personal best ever 5th place in the final. We are so stoked for Jimmy!! His dedication and training are starting to pay off. And I must say having Keith Clickstein, Jamie Routley and Gary Baily there for him at the races is a critical part of Jimmy’s current and future success.

March will see several jesters heading down south for the first two rounds of GNCC and the Alligator enduro. You can follow the GNCC on live timing and scoring and catch race summaries on NBCSN. March will also see Jimmy Decotis in Daytona, Indianapolis and St Louis for Supercross. Hope you all are watching live SX on FOX and cheering for Jimmy!

2015 Team Goals

2015 Trail Jester team goals

  1. have fun and end the year with no major injuries
  2. win at least 3 NETRA class championships
  3. win the J Day Sprint Enduro championship
  4. win a J Day Offroad GP pro and pro125 event
  5. qualify at least 2 jesters on to AMA Team USA for the 2015 ISDE