Rain and mud replace dust at Yadkin Valley Stomp
William Yokley finished 30th overall and 15th in the XC1 Pro Class of the Yadkinville GNCC on Sept. 26. There were 140 total entries with 17 XC1 Pro Riders. Team rider Mark Notman finished 21st Overall and 8th in the 22 rider XC2 Pro Am Class.
William Yokley’s Race Summary:
Yadkinville is a really nice area to visit and a hotbed for ATV enthusiasts. The race is usually run earlier in the year and is typically hot, dry and dusty. This year was much cooler and some rain moved into the area to take care of the dust. The conditions were pretty good but the rain made the red clay soil very slick, but I’ll take that over dust anytime.
I got a good start entering the woods in the top six, and I had a good pace going. The bike was working great about half way through lap 1. Then, the clutch would not disengage and I had no feel in the lever. The clutch was not slipping, but I could not get through the tight stuff very well at all, and I stalled the engine many times. With the clutch not working right, I knew this was going to be a tough day. Each time I stalled out, it took awhile to find neutral and get it fired back up; meanwhile, several guys would pass me. The clay buildup on my bike got so bad that it broke both fenders off, and when I finished, it looked like something out of the Mad Max Road Warrior movies. I completed the 4 laps in 15th place in the XC1 Pro Class, and was pretty bummed out.
Mark Notman had a better day and worked his way up to 8th place in the XC2 Pro Am Class. He got something jammed in his chain early on, and had to stop to get it out, and passed riders all 4 laps. Good job Mark!
We have a very short turn around with our next race in St. Clairsville Ohio this coming Saturday October 3rd. That gives us just a few days to get the 450 prepared as well as the Polaris RZR UTV, which I race as well. I think it may take a whole day to get all the red clay mud off of the bike and the hauler! We have two race weekends left for the season. See you there!
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, ATVRiders.com, Hetrick Motorsports, Powermadd, Recluse Clutches, and Monavie Energy Drinks.
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