National Guard / Polaris / Coastal / Yoshimura / DragonFire / Yokley Racing Team driver William Yokley finished first overall and first in the Side by Side Open Modified Class, while teammate Scott Kiger (National Guard / Polaris / Coastal / Yoshimura / Yokley Racing) finished third overall and third in the same class. Meanwhile, National Guard / Coastal / Bowers Motorcycle Supplies / Yokley Racing Team rider Jarrod McClure did not finish the ATV race after experiencing a mechanical failure.
Yokley Racing Side by Side Summary
The first Side by Side GNCC race of the season is a good way to see if all the off-season testing and preparation will produce a good finish. The team has been busy preparing its new Ranger RZR XP 900s with the goal of defending the Open Modified National Championship. Most of the sponsors remained the same with the addition of Yoshimura, Keizer and Big Country Powersports. Yoshimura supplied the motor kit that can be purchased by anyone through Yoshimura.
The Washington track is hard packed red Georgia clay featuring ruts, square-edged bumps and mudholes. A rain shower about one hour before the start made the conditions ideal for racing. The sun came out and the temp was in the 80’s. Since the Yokley National Guard Polaris Side by Sides finished first and third in season points last year, they started on the front row. When the flag dropped, Yokley led into the first turn with Kiger right behind. They ran first and second for a while until Kiger got hung up in some trees, forcing him to back up and lose some positions.
Yokley lead the entire one-hour race, and after some close competition early on, was able to finish more than two minutes ahead of Team Motoworks in second place. Kiger finished a close third, putting both National Guard Polaris machines on the podium. The machines ran flawlessly and strong the entire race. The team will get ready for the next GNCC Side by Side event at the Big Buck in Union, SC on April 14.
Yokley Racing ATV Summary
There were only six days between the last GNCC ATV race in Florida and this race in Georgia. McClure had the misfortune of having a mechanical failure at the last race, and had to make the repairs and get everything cleaned and prepped in just a few days. He was able to get everything ready to go, and had some time on Friday to test the ATV and get in some riding.
The machine setup needs to be changed for Georgia from sandy conditions in Florida to hard packed clay. McClure had been getting great starts recently, but when the flag dropped, his machine did not immediately fire up. He was in the back of the pack and completed lap 1 in 12th position. He charged hard for the next two laps and worked his way to the lead pack in sixth position. He was in a good position and was able to run with the leaders.
Then, it happened again…another mechanical failure, this time a suspected electrical component. This is very frustrating, but the only thing you can do is look forward to the next race, prepare the best you can, and hope that the problems don’t strike again. McClure’s next race is the Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, NC on March 31.