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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

Jester Ride Day 2016 – ISDE Fund Raiser

The 2016 Jester Ride Day was epic!  Thank you to the 121 riders that came out to join in the fun.  Thank you also to the riders family, friends and support crew who also made the day so special.  We raised $4,000+ towards the ISDE expenses for Ben Kelley, Josh Toth and Jason Klammer.

A special thank you to Malcolm Smith Racing, Tucker Rocky, Squid Decals and the many other supporters who donated prizes for our raffle. All photos by Leanne Dutlinger.

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Jester Ride Day – Ben Kelley won the Rabaconda Tire Changing Contest

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Jester Ride Day – Jimmy Decotis is always a fan favorite!

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Jester Ride Day – Junior riders and pros all had fun

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Jester Ride Day – Trail Boss Paul “Poacher” Goyette and Jimmy D

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Jester Ride Day – Jimmy D hitting the booter for the kids!

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Jester Ride Day – The Jester girls were there too!

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Jester Ride Day – Ben Gustavson in extreme section 2

Jester Ride Day - Extreme section one

Jester Ride Day – Extreme section 1

Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro

The TKO is by far the gnarliest “hard” enduro in the USA every year. Ben Kelley headed south to Sequatchie, TN to take on the legendary course and see how he stacked up to some of the top endurocross and hard enduro riders in the world.

Ben had to run two knockout rounds on Saturday to qualify for the big event on Sunday. Ben started on row 20 and passed a lot of riders to take the first qualifier race win. Then backed that up by also taking the second qualifier race for an overall first place qualifier finish with a 3 minute win margin.

Fastest rider in both Saturday knockout rounds.

Fastest rider in both Saturday knockout qualifier rounds.

Day 2 is when it gets really tough and the constant rain didn’t do anything but make everything that much more slippery.  Ben started day 2 off by placing 8th overall in the “hot lap” race that determines start order for the first knock out round.

Ben Kelley - TKO 2016

Ben Kelley – TKO 2016 – hot lap race

The first knockout race started to really distinguish the top riders in this crazy hilly rocky terrain.  Ben again demonstrated his rock warrior skills and placed 3rd!

Ben Kelley - TKO 2016 - 3rd place race 1

Ben Kelley – TKO 2016 – knockout race 1

The second knock out race placed the remaining 25 contestants into 5 rows of 5 riders.  The top 3 from each row would go through to the final. Ben crashed on a hill and spent 45 minutrs trying to get up. He finally made it when Cory Buttrick and Stu Baylor helped him. Classy move by those two.  Ben finished 3rd from his row and so goes on to the final.  He told us he was exhausted from getting stuck on that hill and was only going to “cruise” the final.

Ben Kelley - TKO 2016 - knockout race 2

Ben Kelley – TKO 2016 – knockout race 2

For the final knockout the remaining 13 riders lined up in 3 rows with a dead engine start. Ben was on row 3 and fought through the carnage to be just off the podium at 4th overall. Quite a learning experience and in Ben’s own words … the hardest thing he has ever done. He also said he can’t wait for next year 🙂

Ben Kelley - TKO 2016 - final knockout

Ben Kelley – TKO 2016 – final knockout

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

Ben Kelley interview

Offroad Champions sat down with Ben Kelley after his big win at Tough Like RORR. Read what Ben has to say about Tough Like RORR, his GNCC rookie season, ISDE plans and more. Click Here.