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)

 

2015 FIM ISDE – Day Minus 2

Today was filled with final bike preparation in the morning and then at 11:00am the guys started the process of finalizing their registration paperwork, getting their official FIM number plate decals and transponder holder. Next task was to head over to Parc Ferme for technical inspection and impounding their bikes.  All three riders sailed through the sound test and other scrutineering … had the keys parts of their bikes marked … and pushed the bikes to their official spot in a guarded and fenced area where the bikes will stand “impounded” each night during the race.

Ben, Josh and John going through technical inspection before impound - photo by Art Pepin

Ben, Josh and John going through technical inspection before impound – photo by Art Pepin

The second half of the day was filled with the opening ceremony for the ISDE. The teams gathered and marched through town ending up in the village square where several thousand people cheered as each team was introduced and FIM and Slovak government officials welcomed the many countries, participants and spectators to the 2015 International Six Days of Enduro.

Opening ceremony 2015 FIM ISDE - photo by Art Pepin

Opening ceremony 2015 FIM ISDE – photo by Art Pepin

J Day Snow Day GP & Sprint Enduro Series

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The 2015 season has begun!  The first J Day winter series race was held this past weekend.  And it was a superb way to start the 2015 race season with John Kelley taking 3rd overall and posting his best ever J Day pro class finish. Right behind him was Josh Toth putting on a solid ride in both motos and finishing 4th overall and this was Josh’s personal best J Day pro class finish as well.  Layne Dutlinger took 9th in the A250 class which is also a great start to the season as he moves up to the expert class.

The new J Day Sprint Enduro series kicks off on February 21 and we are pleased to say that Ben Kelley, Josh Toth and Layne Dutlinger will contest the entire series.  They are all gunning for podiums and to be in the hunt for the championship of this new 8 race series.

 

Welcome to the new Trail Jesters web site.

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Welcome to the new Trail Jesters web site.  I want to thank our partners and hope everyone considers using their products and services.  2015 is going to be a great year of racing!