Onboard – 125cc of Jimmy Decotis @ J Day Off Road - Enduro Tyres

Onboard – 125cc of Jimmy Decotis @ J Day Off Road

Onboard – 125cc of Jimmy Decotis @ J Day Off Road

Check out Jimmy Decotis abusing the powerband in this 125cc woods race.

The GoPro camera angle falls away after a couple of minutes but the noise alone still makes it worth listening to.

Race Report

April 20, 2014 Baldwinwille, MA.  Round 1. Wide Open J Day Offroad Crowhill GP.

Words by Kevin Novello

Photos by Art Pepin (www.offroadpaparazzi.com)

After one of the harshest winters on record, the growing legion of J Day racers and fans were more than ready to kick off the 2014 season.  Fine spring weather coupled with the immensely popular Crowhill venue helped to send a record-breaking 600 riders to the starting line for the season opener.  The track crew did another fantastic job creating a layout that included everything from classic New England gnarl to the Crowhill MX track.  Similar to last year, the J day crew spread hundreds of cubic yards of sand throughout the course to insure a smooth delivery of fun.  Once again, the fan favorite was an all-new KTM Extreme section, which resembled an outdoor endurocross track. 

When the green flag dropped on the pro class, rookie pro Conner Sheridan made his debut by grabbing the STS holeshot and putting his new KTM in front of the other 32 pro riders.  His lead was short-lived as reigning series champion Johnny Girroir swept past him with pro motocrosser Robby Marshall and Jason Connell in pursuit.  Girroir led Marshall into the woods where the two would bang bars while swapping the lead for the entire 30-minute moto.  While Girroir and Marshall battled it out up front, 250 Lites Supercross stand-out Jimmy Decotis was charging through the stacked field after a mid-pack start. 

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By the final lap, Girroir and Marshall were still wheel-to-wheel and WFO through back of the course before launching through the KTM Extreme section to the delight of the crowd.  With the checkered flag out, Girroir would skid through the finish line with Marshall roped to his back wheel.   Jimmy Decotis would cross the finish line in third after spending the entire moto battling through traffic.   Jason Connell and Nick Batten rounded out the top five.

Moto 2 saw no let-up in the action.  When the green flag dropped, Johnny Girroir grabbed the holeshot, which often spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E for the competition.   In a repeat of the first moto, Roby Marshall was all over Girroir, setting the stage for another two-way throw down en route to the top spot.  At the end of the first lap, Girroir and Marshall began to stretch the field on NETRA Hare Scramble champ Jason Klammer and fan favorite Jason Connell.   With Girroir and Marshall setting the pace, Klammer and Connell were left to slug it out while Jimmy Decotis and Nick Batten closed in.  At the end of three laps, Batten and Decotis pushed past Klammer and Connell while Marshall moved past Girroir for the lead. 

With one lap remaining, Decotis would set up Batten and move in to the third overall position.  Meanwhile, Marshall and Girroir were still all over each other with neither willing to surrender.   Heading in to the last lap, Marshall was holding off Girroir as the two charged through the lappers en route to the checkered flag.   A slight bobble by Marshall gave Girroir the opportunity he needed to slip into the lead.  In another drag race to finish, Girroir would again hold off Marshall for the win.  The 1-1 by Girroir gave him the overall win followed by Robby Marshall in second and Jimmy Decotis in third. 

The series resumes action on April 27th, at the Davenport Trucking GP in Greenfield, MA.