Rough day for Team Yokley
William Yokley finished 22nd Overall and 15th in the XC1 Pro Class at the Power Line Park GNCC on Oct. 3. There were 206 total entries with 21 XC1 Pro Riders. Team Rider Mark Notman did not finish in the 28-rider XC2 Pro Am Class. Yokley was unable to finish in the UTV Class.
William Yokley’s Race Summary
We had a short one-week turnaround from the last race which forced us to speed up our preparations. St. Clairsville is a great place to race but can be treacherous with several big mud holes. Conditions were really good; no dust and cool temperature. I’m going to be brief with my summary of the weekend; it was mostly problems and disappointment for out team.
In the ATV XC1 class, I finished 15th after a steady but uneventful ride. Unfortunately, that was the highlight of the weekend. Mark Notman was unable to finish in the XC2 class due to an engine problem.
I was looking forward to the UTV race with the Polaris RZR, hoping to finish the day with a good showing. Riding with me today was my physical trainer and good friend, Marc Spataro. We did not make it one lap before running into problems. While trying to get around a competitor, a small tree got wedged between the frame and the rear wheel, and no matter what we tried, we could not get the machine freed. After working for 45 minutes, a GNCC worker arrived and helped free us by using a chainsaw to cut it out. Maybe the tree was not that small after all!
We were many laps behind by then, so I was just cruising around the track so Marc would get his fill of fun. To cap things off, I caught a rut wrong, and we flipped the RZR on its side. We still had not completed lap 1! With the help of some spectators, we got it back on four wheels. I decided to get it back to the trailer and call it a day. This was my first DNF ever for me in the RZR. It just wasn’t meant to be a good day for the team.
Days like this happen, and it’s best to not dwell on it but to look forward to the final race at the Ironman in Crawfordsville IN. We will be ready to go. My guest passenger for the UTV race will be Indy Car driver Tomas Scheckter. MonaVie is bringing him in to have some fun. See you there!
Many Thanks to all our Sponsors!
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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