We are the Trail Jesters
- Ansley is the 2018 & 2019 GNCC XC3 125 Pro/Am National Champion and holds championships at many levels of amateur and youth racing. For 2021 Jesse will ride a KTM 250 XC-F. @jesseansley_
- Johnson is the 2019 GNCC National Amateur Rider of the Year and 250A Class Champion. For 2021 Simon will ride a KTM 250 XC-F. @simon_j118
- Johnston is a multi-time New England Women’s champion in NETRA Hare Scrambles and JDay Offload Sprint Enduro. For 2021 Taylor will ride a KTM 350 XC-F. @tay.johnston106
- Nolette is the 2020 GNCC 150A National Champion and a multi-time NETRA and ECEA Youth champion. For 2021 Brayden will ride a KTM 250 XC-F. @braydennolette102
Copake Lake, N.Y. (January 8, 2020) – Trail Jesters KTM Racing is pleased to introduce our five rider 2020 roster of professional and amateur athletes that will compete at the regional, national and international level. Our primary series is GNCC where we field three XC2 250 Pro, one WXC and one 150A rider. We will also contend the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series in Pro2 class and compete in select New England regional events.
Jesse Ansley is the reigning two time GNCC XC3 125 Pro/Am champion and a multi time national champion at many levels of amateur and youth racing. For 2020 Jesse will ride a KTM 250 XC-F in the GNCC XC2 250 Pro class and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Pro2 class.
Johnny Girroir is a five time New England JDay Offroad champion. For 2020 Johnny will ride a KTM 250 XC-F in the GNCC XC2 250 Pro class and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Pro2 class.
Simon Johnson is the reigning GNCC National Amateur Rider of the Year and 250A Class Champion. For 2020 Simon will ride a KTM 250 XC-F in the GNCC XC2 250 Pro class.
Taylor Johnston is a multi-time New England Women’s champion in NETRA Hare Scrambles and JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro. Taylor is the reigning two time “Tough like RORR” Women’s Champion. For 2020 Taylor will ride a KTM 250 XC-F in the GNCC WXC class.
Brayden Nolette is a multi-time NETRA and ECEA Youth champion. Brayden finished 2019 as 2nd GNCC Youth Overall in his first year racing at the national level. For 2020 Brayden will ride a KTM 125 SX in the GNCC 150A class.
“I’m very pleased to see the Trail Jesters KTM Racing rider line up for 2020”, said Antti Kallonen, Manager of KTM Off-road Racing. “I applaud their development of young talent and will continue to look to the team to produce offroad champions for the KTM brand.”
“Last year was truly rewarding on many levels. We learned a lot, we achieved a lot and I’m very proud of all the riders and support crew focus and dedication paying off.”, said Ross Mauri, founder of Trail Jesters. “I want to see these five riders continue to progress in 2020 and I appreciate the opportunity that KTM and our sponsors have provided for us.”
Team Sponsors: KTM, FMF Racing, Troy Lee Designs, Dunlop Tires, Motorex, Edelmann Sales, Bullet Proof Designs, P3 Carbon, Motool, Specialized, Seat Concepts, IMS Products, TF Racing Suspension, Hinson Racing, Squid Decals, Nihilo Concepts, XCGear, Action Trailer Leasing, Reeva Transport, SuperB Batteries, and ZR Throttle.
We are pleased to partner with Steve Hatch Racing for rider training and coaching.
As the green flag waved at the start of the long PM race in South Carolina, the skies opened up bringing rain for the racers to battle for their opening lap. After a dead last start Ben Kelley found himself fighting through the XC2 pack, making his way up to 2nd place after the first lap. Lap 2 would bring his pass for the lead and the fight was on to push away from the rest of his class and move his way up in the overall. An outstanding race proving Kelley’s fitness and mentally are spot on he would cross the finish line 1st XC2 with a six and a half minute lead, and 6th overall on the day.
XC2 teammate Johnny Girroir would be absent for the race, as posted earlier in the weekend, Girroir would not be lining up for this weekend’s GNCC as he was at home in Massachusetts dealing with his health situation. Trail Jesters KTM Racing would like to extend our continued thoughts and prayers for Girroir.
Jesse Ansley was able to put the pieces together to pull off a great start on the XC3 line. Battling that first lap rain, he unfortunately struggled with some goggle issues pushing him back a little. By lap three he started looking for ways to gain positions. Things started clicking for Ansley as he began hitting all his marks, allowing him to make the pass for the lead with two laps to go. By the checkered flag he would take the XC3 win with an impressive 3:27 minute lead and 14th overall. “I finally feel healed up and 100%” said Ansley “we are still making small improvements whether its with speed or fitness, so we will only continue to get better each race.”
Simon Johnson grabbed the holeshot at the 250A start, and went into the woods on a tear. After a couple close calls he settled himself down and fell into 4th place, once he got into a swing he would slowly move himself up and battled for 1st the last two laps. He would finish the day at the top of the box, 1st 250A, top amateur, and 25th overall. “The variety of terrains at Camp Coker kept it fun lap after lap. My bike handled awesome between clay ruts and sand whoops. Really digging my setup this year. Super excited to start heading into the more northern rounds.” Johnson said.
In the Youth race Bradyen Nolette got off to a decent start, about 6th into the first corner and jumped up to 3rd by the woods. He was able to latch onto the lead riders early on and stick with them never being more that 22 seconds behind the position in front of him. “I know that my fitness is really good right now, but also I can run lap times of the leaders which I haven’t been able to do all year, so that makes me feel excited for the next one!” Nolette stated. The fast and flowing course suited Brayden as he dodged some major mud holes and finished the day with a 2nd YXC1 and 2nd overall. “The Camp Coker race for me was awesome, it was a huge confidence booster!” said Nolette.
Thank you to our team sponsors: KTM, FMF Racing, Troy Lee Designs, Dunlop Tires, Motorex, Super B Batteries, Bullet Proof Designs, P3 Carbon, Motool, Squid Decals and Edelmann Sales for their continued support.
About Trail Jesters:
Trail Jesters Racing is a KTM support team established in January 2014. We race off-road motorcycles at the professional, amateur and youth level of national and regional series.