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2015 AMA ISDE Qualifier – Newburg, WV

Ben Kelley 2nd place E2 2015 AMA ISDE Qualifier - Photo by Andrew Fredrickson

Ben Kelley 2nd place E2 2015 AMA ISDE Qualifier – Photo by Andrew Fredrickson

On May 2nd and 3rd the Trail Jesters headed to Newburg, West Virgina to run the second round of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series. This round was added in a two day format to serve as the east coast AMA qualifier for the 2015 ISDE.  We entered Josh Toth in the E1 class riding a Husaberg FE250, Ben Kelley in the E2 class on a KTM 250xc and John Kelley in E3 on a KTM 300xc.

Beautiful skies and weather set the stage for an outstanding showing by all three jesters. Ben Kelley led the way by placing 5th overall on day 1 and 6th overall on day 2. In the critical class placement, Ben took 2nd place in E2 behind Factory Beta rider Cory Buttrick.  Josh walked away from the other riders in E1, winning by a combined two day total of over four minutes.  John had a lot of experienced ISDE veterans breathing down his back both days, but be rode very strong and won the E3 class by 8 seconds!

The AMA will officially announce all 31 riders selected for Team USA on June 8th.  But given their first and second place podiums all three jesters will be heading to Kosice, Slovakia in September to race the 90th International Six Days Enduro!

Jimmy Decotis – SX and MX update

Jimmy Decotis 2015 SX 250 Lites East - photo by Ryne Swanberg

Jimmy Decotis 2015 SX 250 Lites East – photo by Ryne Swanberg

The 2015 East 250 series had it’s ups and down for Jimmy Decotis.  Mostly ups because of Jimmy’s character and determination to compete at the highest level and show everyone what a great privateer can accomplish.  Jimmy took third several times in the heats and had 5 top 10 final finishes this season. We are so proud of Jimmy being the top privateer and hearing the industry buzz about his speed and results. And the best news of all … Jimmy has signed with the MX101 team backed by Yamaha of Canada and will contest the 2015 Rockstar Energy Canadian National MX series.  Privateer no more … can’t wait to see Jimmy on the podium this summer!

Early Season Recap & March Outlook

atl2-jd1As we head into March I am very proud of how well many jesters have started their season.

At the J Day Offroad Winter GP series we have had John Kelly, Josh and Taylor Johnston on the podium. With John taking 3rd overall at SnowDay GP, Josh taking 2nd overall at Blizzard GP and Taylor taking first in women’s class at Blizzard GP.  The really cool thing is that by virtue of his four moto finishes … Josh Toth has also taken 2nd in championship pro class for the two race series. All three of these jesters have shown consistency and versatility in these accomplishments.

Team Maine Racing has been burning up the United States Cross Country East snowmobile race series. Taking podiums in every class entered. In fact after 3 races I have lost track of the podium count but I do know that the team has their eye on several class championships. The next two races are in Maine and I expect the winning ways of TMR to continue on their home turf.

On the Supercross front Jimmy Decotis is three races in to the SX 250 Lites East championship. Jimmy had his share of bad luck and inconsistency in the first two rounds. While he did make the main at both races, I am sure he was frustrated knowing he is better than where he ended up. Well, whatever was holding Jimmy back went completely away at round 3 in Atlanta. Jimmy took 3rd in his heat race and then went out to claim a personal best ever 5th place in the final. We are so stoked for Jimmy!! His dedication and training are starting to pay off. And I must say having Keith Clickstein, Jamie Routley and Gary Baily there for him at the races is a critical part of Jimmy’s current and future success.

March will see several jesters heading down south for the first two rounds of GNCC and the Alligator enduro. You can follow the GNCC on live timing and scoring and catch race summaries on NBCSN. March will also see Jimmy Decotis in Daytona, Indianapolis and St Louis for Supercross. Hope you all are watching live SX on FOX and cheering for Jimmy!

J Day Snow Day GP & Sprint Enduro Series


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.

2015 Team Goals

2015 Trail Jester team goals

  1. have fun and end the year with no major injuries
  2. win at least 3 NETRA class championships
  3. win the J Day Sprint Enduro championship
  4. win a J Day Offroad GP pro and pro125 event
  5. qualify at least 2 jesters on to AMA Team USA for the 2015 ISDE