2017 JDay Offroad Champions Crowned

The 2017 JDay Offroad champions were crowned on February 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. We would like to thank our 2017 sponsors that supported our two championship winning riders:  KTM, Edelmann Sales, GTR Suspension, FMF, Answer, Bullet Proof Designs, P3 Composites, Motorex, Enduro Engineering, Seat Concepts, IMS, Loud Fuel Company, Rekluse, Renthal, Magical Go-Go, Squid Decals and Motool. We also want to thank our rider training and coaching partner Steve Hatch Racing.

Jason Klammer claimed his first JDay Offroad Grand Championship by taking the Sprint Enduro title.  Riding an Edelmann’s Sales KTM 250 XC Jason was fast and consistent taking three wins and was never off the podium in all 7 rounds.  Congratulations to Jason and good luck in 2018!

(photo by Art Pepin)

Taylor Johnston took her second consecutive JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro Women’s championship.  Riding an Edelmann’s Sales KTM 250 XC-F Taylor defended her title with a dominant performance taking 6 wins in a row after placing 2nd in the opening round.  Congratulations to Taylor and good luck in 2018!

(photo by Art Pepin)

2018 Trail Jesters KTM Racing Team Announced

The 2018 Trail Jesters KTM Racing team will have a five-rider roster of Ben Kelley, Jason Klammer, Taylor Johnston, Simon Johnson and Owen Giese.

Ben Kelley is GNCC national #530 XC2 250 Pro for 2018. Ben will race a factory prepared KTM 250 XC-F in the Grand National Cross Country XC2 250 Pro class and AMA National Enduro Championship NE1 Pro division. He will also compete in select National Extreme Enduros aboard a KTM 250 XC-W TPI.

Jason Klammer is #808 and will ride a KTM 250 XC in the J Day Off Road GP Pro class in 2018. Jason is the 2017 J Day Sprint Enduro champion and also a two time NETRA Hare Scramble champion. As a member of the 2016 AMA U.S. ISDE team, Jason earned a Gold Medal at the FIM ISDE in Spain.

Taylor Johnston is Women’s #106 and will ride a KTM 250 XC-W TPI in the 2018 JDay Offroad GP series. Taylor is the two time defending J Day Off Road Sprint Enduro Women’s champion.

Simon Johnson is GNCC national #118 A250 for 2018 season. Simon is riding a KTM 250 XC-F this year. 2017 was Simon’s first year in New England AA class and he placed 3rd Overall NETRA Hare Scrambles championship and 2nd place JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro championship.

Owen Giese is GNCC national #322 A250 for 2018 season. Owen is riding a KTM 250 XC-F in 2018. Owen placed 10th overall in the 2017 GNCC A250 championship.

Mackenzie Tricker joins Trail Jesters KTM Racing

We are very pleased to announce that Mackenzie Tricker has joined Trail Jesters KTM Racing for 2017.

Mackenzie is 21 years old and hails from Vineyard NSW Australia. She has won national championships in dirt track, long track and motocross including three consecutive Loretta Lynn’s titles. In 2017 Mackenzie is focused on the GNCC, Full Gas Sprint Enduro series and select WMX events.  After two rounds for each series Mackenzie currently sits tied for 2nd place GNCC WXC and tied for 1st place in Full Gas Women’s Pro class.

At GNCC races Mackenzie will pit along side Ben Kelley under the Trail Jesters banner co-located with the KTM Factory Racing team on pro row.  Kenz is supported by KTM North America and her KTM mechanic is Woody Bramlett.  Mackenzie retains all of her current sponsors and we look to add additional sponsors in support of her quest for 2017 championships.  If you are at a GNCC race please stop by our pits and say hello.

Chapter Two … final piece of the puzzle.

Chapter Two of Trail Jesters is all about expanded rider support for our New England rippas.  Our new program structure and the six rider Trail Jesters KTM Racing team was announced in late December. We also had the opportunity to provide a broader range of support for some of our young guns by helping them gain new sponsors and additional support. To this end in January we announced the formation of the new P27/Trail Jesters Off Road Race Team.  This new Yamaha centered team is managed by Paul Goyette with riders Kevin Messina and Parker Goyette signed on for 2017.

So now it’s time to get the final piece of the puzzle in place.

Yesterday Jason Raines announced the formation of the Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha/Off Road Viking/Trail Jesters team for 2017. This GNCC team is comprised of four talented up and coming riders contesting the XC2 Pro Lites, A250 and A200 classes. Click here for the full press release.

In this context today we announce a new Trail Jesters Athlete.

  • Zack Toth – Zack is the 2016 NETRA A250 Hare Scrambles champion.  Zack is 16 years old and becomes a Yamaha bLU cRU Amateur racer riding for the Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha/Off Road Viking/Trail Jesters team. Zack will ride a Yamaha YZ 250X while contesting the entire GNCC series in A250 class. Zack will also race select NETRA and JDay Offroad events.

I have to say I’m stoked for Zack to get this opportunity and can’t wait to see him to raise his game at the GNCC amateur level in 2017.

Ross Mauri, Head Jester

Chapter Two continued …

Having announced our new program structure and the six rider Trail Jesters KTM Racing team, there is one more element to put in place for 2017.  The opportunity presented itself to provide a broader range of support for some of our young guns by helping them gain new sponsors and additional support.

In this context today we announce two new Trail Jesters Athletes.

  • Kevin Messina – Kevin earned two #1 plates in 2016, the JDay Offroad GP Big Wheel and JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro Big Wheel championships.  Kevin is 16 years old and will ride a Yamaha YZ 125 in the JDay Offroad Junior class and in JDay Sprint Enduro A200 class. Kevin will also contest select NETRA and GNCC events.
  • Parker Goyette – Parker is the 2016 JDay Offroad Mini C champion.  Parker is 12 years old and will ride a Yamaha YZ 85 contesting the JDay Offroad Mini B class in 2017.  Parker will also contest select GNCC, Winchester Speed Park, NEMX and NESC events.

Today also marks the formation P27/Trail Jesters.  This new Yamaha team will be managed by Paul Goyette and we look forward to introducing the team and sponsors at the upcoming JDay Offroad banquet on January 21, 2017.

 

Ross Mauri, Head Jester

Chapter Two.

I want to start the Chapter Two discussion by going back to the roots of Trail Jesters Racing. I will use the cover of the May 2013 Trail Rider magazine to both reflect on our past three years and also point the way forward for 2017. This is 13 year old Zack Toth on his way to the NETRA Hare Scrambles Big Wheel championship.  Zack signed with Trail Jesters in January 2014 and has risen from having to tip toe to touch the ground on his KTM 250 to being the NETRA A250 champion in 2016.

Zack Toth on the May 2013 Trail Rider cover (photo by Art Pepin)

So in keeping with the path Zack paved … I looked for and found several young New England rippas from ages 12 to 16 that will be joining our program.  Our 2017 program will be structured into two distinct Trail Jesters rider categories … and we will also spin off a new complete team.

The first category will be know as Trail Jesters Athletes.  These are riders who race under the banner of another team, but still get direct support from Trail Jesters.  Jimmy Decotis (FC Geico Honda) and Josh Toth (AmPro Factory Yamaha) are the first two racers announced in this new category.  There will be more #TrailJestersAthletes announced in the coming weeks.

The second category are the six team members of Trail Jesters KTM Racing. 2017 KTM team announcement is here. I am very pleased that with this team we can build our relationship with KTM North America and bring together a set of top New England off road riders to race at both the national and regional level.

The third piece of this puzzle will be the spin out of a new team of young talented New England riders. We will announce this new team in January.

Stay tuned … chapter two of Trail Jesters has just begun!

Ross Mauri, Head Jester

End of Chapter One.

First off I must say that for me 2016 marked an epic year of accomplishment for Trail Jesters Racing.  Significant growth for many of our riders, a lot of wins, representing our sponsors well, great sportsmanship, excellent give back to our sport … and what it was really all about … helping some New England rippas reach for their dreams.

That said, as 2016 comes to a close it also marks the end of the three year commitment I made to the first 6 jesters in my garage in early 2014.  I have been thinking a lot about what lies next for Trail Jesters. I do want to do some new things. I do want to reach into the New England talent pool to grab some new young guns to bring into the program.  I also want to try to broaden TJR’s horizons and relationships in support of our riders.

So, chapter one of Trail Jesters Racing is now closed.

I want to thank the riders, sponsors, family and community for their great support over the past three years.  I’ll be back in a few weeks to discuss chapter two.

Ross Mauri, Head Jester

FIM ISDE 2016 – Navarra, Spain

The International Six Days of Enduro is the most prestigious off-road motorcycle event in the world.

First held in Carlisle, England, in 1913, the ISDE is one of the longest-running events on the calendar of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme. The ISDE is the annual FIM Enduro World Championship for national teams and considered to be the Olympics of motorcycling. The “six days” is the world’s largest annual off-road motorcycle competition. Since 1913, countries have sent their best off-road racers to exotic locations around the world to be tested on everything from sandy beaches to rocky crevices to deep woods to motocross tracks for the event’s top prize: the ISDE World Trophy.

2016 will be the 91st running of the ISDE and will take place in the Navarra region of Spain. The race will be held from October 11 thru 16 in the municipality of Los Arcos, just 60 km away from the regional capital city of Pamplona. 653 riders representing 30 countries are registered to compete in Spain.

Each country participating in this event is authorized to have four riders representing the World Trophy Team, three riders under the age of 23 representing the Junior Trophy Team, three female riders representing the Women’s World Cup Team, and three riders for each Club Team entered to represent their country.  Team USA is formed by our local FIM sanctioning body the American Motorcyclist Association. Riders for this years event were selected based on their race results and standing at the world and national level. AMA Team USA will send 28 riders to Spain this year.

Team Trail Jesters qualified three riders that will compete as a Club Team on AMA Team USA. We will also be sending 16 crew members to support the riders in Spain.

Team Trail Jesters / rider / number / class / bike

Josh Toth / #426 / C1 class / 2016 KTM 250xcf
Jason Klammer / #526 / C1 class / 2016 KTM 250xcf
Ben Kelley / #626 / C2 class / 2016 KTM 250xc

Here are the Art Pepin shots of the boys on the ISDE test track … the race starts on Tuesday October 11. More information of this year’s ISDE can be find on the event website including route maps and live timing & scoring.  http://www.fim-isde2016.es/en/home/

We will also be posting daily during the race on Instagram and Facebook. Join in the dialog and help root our boys on in Spain!

Ben Kelley

Ben Kelley

Josh Toth

Josh Toth

Jason Klammer

Jason Klammer

Josh Toth wins two in Canada – La Tuque, Quebec

Josh Toth went north this past weekend to take on Canada’s best off road riders at the 12 Heures D’Endurance de La Tuque.  This weekend of racing is billed as Canada’s largest off road event.  Josh raced the “EnduroCross” (Hare Scramble) and “EnduroCross Extreme” (EnduroCross) and took the overall win in both!

Josh Toth 1st overall "EnduroCross"

Josh Toth 1st overall “EnduroCross”

Josh Toth 1st overall "EnduroCross Extreme"

Josh Toth 1st overall “EnduroCross Extreme”

 

Full Gas Sprint Enduro rd 1 – Gaston, SC

Trail Jesters Josh Toth and Ben Kelley hit the Full Gas Sprint Enduro round 1.  As always a Full Gas event is a great way for riders to test their speed and have fun! Josh finished 11th overall and Ben took 14th OA against some of the best off road riders in the world.

Josh Toth 11th OA Full Gas Sprint Enduro rd 1 (photo by Will Wooten)

Josh Toth 11th OA Full Gas Sprint Enduro rd 1 (photo by Will Wooten)

 

Ben Kelley 14th OA Full Gas Sprint Enduro rd 1 (photo by Mason Radar)

Ben Kelley 14th OA Full Gas Sprint Enduro rd 1 (photo by Mason Radar)