Trail Jesters KTM Racing - Wild Boar GNCC Race Report
Hot and humid weather welcomed the Trail Jester KTM Racing team to Palatka, FL for the 2022 Wild Boar GNCC this past Sunday.
Florida native Jesse Ansley took on the XC2 class, checking in 12th place the first 3 laps of the day. Showing true grit and determination he pushed himself the second half of the brutal race making his way up to 4th place as the checkered flag waved, just .8 seconds off the podium. Teammate Simon Johnson also lined up in the XC2 class. Although he struggled to get into a groove at the beginning of the race, Johnson went on to make up ground in the closing laps finishing his day 11th XC2.
Jesse Ansley: “I’m really pumped how I handled myself today. Fight until the end! I’ve been after a top 5 for 2 years which makes this one so much sweeter”
In the WXC class, Korie Steede got off to a rough start sitting outside the top ten as they headed into the woods. Steede fought through the dust to pass up to 3rd by the end of lap one, and moved into second by the halfway point. She went on to have an intense wheel to wheel battle for the lead. Unfortunately, Steede tangled with a lapper which ended her charge for 1st place, she secured herself a podium position grabbing 2nd in WXC. Taylor Johnston grabbed her first WXC holeshot at the Wild Boar GNCC this past weekend. The endless sand whoops were harsh on her leg, previously broken in 2021, but she fought hard to a 10th place finish.
Lining up in the Youth morning race were Trail Jesters Next Gen racers Van Gosselin and Jiggs Fustini. In YXC1, Gosselin was running top 3 in class when he had a big crash, after getting out from under the bike and regrouping he managed to make some valuable passes, finishing his day 6th YXC1. In YXC2, Fustini had and up and down day loosing his clutch during the second lap but fighting hard to earn a podium position, taking 3rd in his class.
Trail Jesters KTM Racing Results – Wild Boar GNCC
4th XC2 - Jesse Ansley
11th XC2 - Simon Johnson
2rd WXC - Kordie Steede
10th WXC - Taylor Johnston
6th YXC1 - Van Gosselin
3rd YXC2 - Jiggs Fustini
Team Sponsors: KTM, FMF Racing, FMF Vision, Moose Racing, Alpinestars, Motorex USA, Dunlop, Hinson Racing, IMS Products, Steve Hatch Racing, Power of the Mind, Edelmann Sales, Engine Ice, Squid Decals, TF Racing Suspension, Bullet Proof Designs, P3 Carbon, Nihilo Concepts, Seat Concepts, SuperB Batteries, Motool, XCGear, Twin Air, Acerbis, TM Designworks, Gear Bicycles, Motion Pro, GET and SpecBolt.