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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

J Day Offroad Sprint Enduro rd 8 – Huntington, MA

The final round of the 2016 JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro series was held under beautiful skies and crisp weather. The jesters finished the series with a podium sweep and a few surprises from young guns Zack Toth and Kevin Messina. Thank you John Day and the entire JDayE crew for another incredible year of New England offroad racing! (all pics by Art Pepin)

Ben Kelley 1st overall at round 8.

Ben Kelley 1st overall at round 8.

Jason Klammer 2nd overall at round 8.

Jason Klammer 2nd overall at round 8.

John Kelley 3rd overall at round 8.

John Kelley 3rd overall at round 8.

Taylor Johnston 2nd Women's class at round 8.

Taylor Johnston 2nd Women’s class at round 8.

Zack Toth jumped up to AA class taking 7th & 10th OA

Zack Toth jumped up to AA class taking 7th & 10th OA

Kevin Messina jumped up to A200 class taking 1st & 16th OA

Kevin Messina jumped up to A200 class taking 1st & 16th OA