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Yokley General GNCC Race Report

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 12:15 PM

The General GNCC Race Report

Washington, Georgia, March 7, 2009--William Yokley finished 33rd Overall and 12th in the XC1 Pro Class today.  There were 230 total entries with 21 XC1 Pro Riders.  Team Rider Mark Notman was 159th Overall and 27th in the 35 rider XC2 Pro Am Class after experiencing some mechanical issues and not finishing.

We stayed in Florida between Round 1 and Round 2 in Georgia.  I wanted to get everything cleaned up and do some more tuning on my bike, as well as rest my banged up wrist.  It's always good to get through the first 2 rounds and get in a routine for the upcoming races.  It's only 6 days between the first 2 races and not a whole lot of time to do much except clean up, fix things, and prepare for the totally different terrain in Georgia.

The track on Georgia is always fun but also very rough; part of the course is on a pro-style moto cross course and it typically gets very rutted out in the woods sections.  The weather was perfect for a good day of racing.  I got off to a decent start, and as soon as I got in the woods I realized my set up was not right for the conditions.  I can usually overcome most anything, but with my wrist not fully recovered, I could not push like I wanted.  I was as far back as 18th in the XC1 Pro Class but worked up to 12th at the finish.  Not what I was hoping for but, my 450 Polaris Outlaw ran flawlessly and I am very happy with the machine.

My teammate Mark had a pretty difficult day and another dose of bad luck.  Because he was not in the top 10 in points after Round 1, he had to draw for a starting position and he was unlucky enough to have the last pick on the starting line.  Mark lined up on the very outside and when the flag dropped he actually got a decent start.  After about 3 turns, there was a big jam up and he went into the woods in almost last place.  He pushed hard and worked up to 16th place on Lap 4, and was trying to get in the top 10 before the finish.  Mark noticed the idle of the motor kept getting higher and higher.  Eventually the motor shut off and would not restart.  He found that the carburetor boot going to the cylinder had split in half; this is something that hardly ever happens.  It's certainly not the fault of the machine; it's just one of those unfortunate situations.

We have 2 weeks before our next race at the beautiful Steele Creek track in Morganton, NC.  We will sort things out and be ready to get some better results.  See you there!

William and the National Guard Polaris
Yokley Racing Team Sponsors are The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, Kenda Tires, Elka Suspension, Roll Design, HMF Exhaust Systems, IMS/Roll, PURE Polaris Lubricants & Fuels, Intense Fabrication & Design, Douglas Wheel Technology, Moto Pro Training, Tire Balls, Andrews Cycle, Tsubaki Chains, IMS, Four Apparel, ASV Levers, CV4 Hoses, Hygh Octane Design, PIER Graphics, Universal Handlebars, Scott Goggles,, Hetrick Motorsports, Powermadd, and Rekluse Clutches.