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 The General GNCC Team Report – Washington, GA

Ben Kelley took his second win in a row at The General GNCC in Washington, Georgia. Ben got off to a mid pack start and passed his way up to fifth place after the first lap. The class leaders had about a half a minute gap at that point and Ben set off to catch them. By lap 4 Ben had caught the class leader and passed a number of XC1 riders as well. The final two laps saw Ben continue his strong ride and eventually win the race by over a minute and a half. Ben’s speed and fitness has allowed him to move into the points lead in XC2 250 Pro class heading in GNCC round 4.

In the 250 A class team riders Simon Johnson and Owen Giese battled through a tough A250 class to claim 5th and 10th in class. Simon sits third in the series points with Owen in fourth pace after three rounds.

2018 Wild Boar GNCC Team Report – Palatka, FL

The Wild Boar GNCC is always a tough race with track conditions that push riders to their limit. Team rider Ben Kelley got off to a mid pack start in the PM race. Ben then worked his way up to 4th in class on lap one and began to reel in his training partner and fellow KTM rider Josh Toth on lap two as the duo battled for the lead until the end. We are stoked that Ben claimed his first GNCC XC2 250 Pro class win and 4th overall in the Florida sand. Ben heads into GNCC round 3 tied for the lead in the XC2 250 Pro series points.

In the 250 A class team riders Simon Johnson and Owen Giese pushed each other for the majority of the race taking 4th and 5th in class with personal best 34th and 35th overall. Simon now sits third in the series points with Owen in fourth place after two rounds.


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