Trail Jesters KTM Racing – Tiger Run GNCC Race Report

TimeWednesday, April 28, 2021 | 1:00 PM

Trail Jesters KTM Racing – Tiger Run GNCC Race Report

Round 5 of the 2021 GNCC Racing season brought the Trail Jesters KTM Racing crew back to Union, South Carolina where they were met by fast and dusty track conditions. On the XC2 line Jesse Ansley took off as the green flag waved but found himself towards the back of the pack as they headed out into the woods. Ansley pushed himself to make passes where he was able to in order to move his way to up to 9th place in XC2 by the waving of the checkered flag and 24th overall. Jesse spent the three hour race adjusting to being back to racing after sustaining a hand injury and surgery while having minimal seat time prior to this race, he looks forward having his hand be back to 100%.

Jesse Ansley back in the saddle after sustaining a hand injury. Photo: Shan Moore
Jesse Ansley back in the saddle after sustaining a hand injury. Photo: Shan Moore

Also in the XC2 line up was Simon Johnson who had a great jump off the line and was able to push his way towards the front as he headed into the woods in 5th place in class. The dusty conditions caused poor vision throughout the entire track and Johnson struggled to feel confident or comfortable because of it. By the end of lap one Simon sat in 12th in XC2 but throughout the race was able to make passes and worked his way up to the 10th place position in class and 26th overall with this being just his second GNCC of the season. After the race Johnson stated, “I’m definitely looking forward to round 6 in Indiana. The Midwest terrain is a lot more similar to New England so I’ll be riding my favorite local spots! I’m ready for another 3 hours to continue to improve.”

Simon Johnson working his way through the dust in Union, South Carolina. Photo: Shan Moore
Simon Johnson working his way through the dust in Union, South Carolina. Photo: Shan Moore

In the 250A class, Brayden Nolette grabbed a top ten position as his line headed through the first corners and out into the rolling South Carolina woods. Through the chaotic first lap Nolette was able to make some valuable passes and move his way up into 5th place as they checked into scoring the first time. Brayden noted, “I definitely like the dusty conditions over the muddy ones but the Big Buck Farm track is always very gnarly and demanding!” As the race continued, Brayden had a strong first half of the race feeling as though his riding and body felt good but heading into the second half Nolette felt like he had a brick in his stomach and went into survival mode. He was able to finish the race sitting in 8th place in 250A and 44th overall.

Brayden Nolette on his way to 8th place in class at the Tiger Run GNCC. Photo: Shan Moore
Brayden Nolette on his way to 8th place in class at the Tiger Run GNCC. Photo: Shan Moore

Taylor Johnson was on the sidelines again this past weekend after breaking her in an offseason crash and hopes to be cleared to ride soon. 

Tiger Run GNCC video race report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkaLwn-bamI

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About: 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.