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Ben Kelley claimed his third win in a row at Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, North Carolina. Ben got off the starting line in fourth place and took over the XC2 250 Pro class lead on lap 1 to go on and lead every lap to the wire. Ben battled through the first half of the race with fellow KTM rider Josh Toth as the duo worked their way up in the overall. In the later part of the race Ben opened up the lead eventually winning by over 2 minutes on his FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F. Ben’s pace also landed him in forth overall for the day on the rough North Carolina track. Ben has solidified his series points lead in XC2 250 Pro class heading in GNCC round 5.
In the 250 A class team riders Simon Johnson and Owen Giese both had setbacks on the start of the race but passed their way up in class throughout the three hour PM race climbing up to 4th and 5th at the checkers. Simon and Owen ride FMF equipped KTM 250 XC-F bikes from Edelmann Sales in Troy, New York. Simon remains in third 250 A series points with Owen in fifth place after four rounds.
Ben Kelley took his second win in a row at The General GNCC in Washington, Georgia. Ben got off to a mid pack start and passed his way up to fifth place after the first lap. The class leaders had about a half a minute gap at that point and Ben set off to catch them. By lap 4 Ben had caught the class leader and passed a number of XC1 riders as well. The final two laps saw Ben continue his strong ride and eventually win the race by over a minute and a half. Ben’s speed and fitness has allowed him to move into the points lead in XC2 250 Pro class heading in GNCC round 4.
In the 250 A class team riders Simon Johnson and Owen Giese battled through a tough A250 class to claim 5th and 10th in class. Simon sits third in the series points with Owen in fourth pace after three rounds.
The Wild Boar GNCC is always a tough race with track conditions that push riders to their limit. Team rider Ben Kelley got off to a mid pack start in the PM race. Ben then worked his way up to 4th in class on lap one and began to reel in his training partner and fellow KTM rider Josh Toth on lap two as the duo battled for the lead until the end. We are stoked that Ben claimed his first GNCC XC2 250 Pro class win and 4th overall in the Florida sand. Ben heads into GNCC round 3 tied for the lead in the XC2 250 Pro series points.
The 2017 JDay Offroad champions were crowned on February 10 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. We would like to thank our 2017 sponsors that supported our two championship winning riders: KTM, Edelmann Sales, GTR Suspension, FMF, Answer, Bullet Proof Designs, P3 Composites, Motorex, Enduro Engineering, Seat Concepts, IMS, Loud Fuel Company, Rekluse, Renthal, Magical Go-Go, Squid Decals and Motool. We also want to thank our rider training and coaching partner Steve Hatch Racing.
Jason Klammer claimed his first JDay Offroad Grand Championship by taking the Sprint Enduro title. Riding an Edelmann’s Sales KTM 250 XC Jason was fast and consistent taking three wins and was never off the podium in all 7 rounds. Congratulations to Jason and good luck in 2018!
Taylor Johnston took her second consecutive JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro Women’s championship. Riding an Edelmann’s Sales KTM 250 XC-F Taylor defended her title with a dominant performance taking 6 wins in a row after placing 2nd in the opening round. Congratulations to Taylor and good luck in 2018!
Great start to the season as Ben Kelley takes his first ever National Enduro podium on a sandy and rain soaked course in Sumter, South Carolina on February 4, 2018. Starting on the 43 row Ben put his 2018 KTM 250 XC-F in the top 10 every test including taking 3rd place in tests 2 and 3.
Ben joined Steward Baylor Jr (1st overall) and Josh Toth (2nd overall) on the podium for a KTM rider sweep of National Enduro round 1.