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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.
The 2018 Trail Jesters KTM Racing team will have a five-rider roster of Ben Kelley, Jason Klammer, Taylor Johnston, Simon Johnson and Owen Giese.
Ben Kelley is GNCC national #530 XC2 250 Pro for 2018. Ben will race a factory prepared KTM 250 XC-F in the Grand National Cross Country XC2 250 Pro class and AMA National Enduro Championship NE1 Pro division. He will also compete in select National Extreme Enduros aboard a KTM 250 XC-W TPI.
Jason Klammer is #808 and will ride a KTM 250 XC in the J Day Off Road GP Pro class in 2018. Jason is the 2017 J Day Sprint Enduro champion and also a two time NETRA Hare Scramble champion. As a member of the 2016 AMA U.S. ISDE team, Jason earned a Gold Medal at the FIM ISDE in Spain.
Taylor Johnston is Women’s #106 and will ride a KTM 250 XC-W TPI in the 2018 JDay Offroad GP series. Taylor is the two time defending J Day Off Road Sprint Enduro Women’s champion.
Simon Johnson is GNCC national #118 A250 for 2018 season. Simon is riding a KTM 250 XC-F this year. 2017 was Simon’s first year in New England AA class and he placed 3rd Overall NETRA Hare Scrambles championship and 2nd place JDay Offroad Sprint Enduro championship.
Owen Giese is GNCC national #322 A250 for 2018 season. Owen is riding a KTM 250 XC-F in 2018. Owen placed 10th overall in the 2017 GNCC A250 championship.