Honda rider stays busy during GNCC off week
With the Can-Am GNCC Series off for the week, William Yokley decided to race his National Guard sponsored Honda TRX 450 in an event in his home state on April 20.
William Yokley’s Summary:
We decided to stay close to home on this off weekend from the GNCC Series, and race the last round of the Mid-South Hare Scrambles Winter Series in Gamaliel KY. On Saturday, myself along with my teammate Mark Notman joined forces with local National Guard Recruiter SFC Joe Pettet for a day of autograph signing and fun. We set up our display in the parking lot of the Tompkinsville Walmart, and SFC Pettet and his group of soldiers brought a rock wall climbing simulator. We met a lot of cool people, gave away posters and goodies, and had a great time watching people play around on the rock wall.
On Sunday, the Guardsmen brought the rock wall to the race track, and it was a big hit at the track for both kids and adults. I want to thank the hard working men and women who helped with the National Guard rock wall and display this weekend, they were great to work with. The Gamaliel track is awesome and very technical due to extensive tornado damage in Feb. I was able to grab the holeshot at the start followed closely by my teammate Mark. We were banging wheels and battling each other, as well as bouncing off the trees and lapped riders. The conditions were perfect, 75 degrees and sunny, which made for an enjoyable day.
I was able to keep the lead for most of the day until the last lap; I let a rider go by for the lead thinking my sprocket was stripping. I kept on going and realized I might be able to finish without breaking down. I caught up to the lead rider with about 1/8 of a mile to go, and made the pass for the win. Mark had some issues with lapped riders and stalling his motor, but was able to bring it home in 8th.
It was a great weekend altogether, and I’m looking forward to Loretta Lynn’s GNCC race this coming weekend.
Yokley Racing sponsors: National Guard, Rocky Mountain ATV, Polaris Industries, Elka Suspension, ITP Tires, Roll Design, HMF Exhaust Systems, IMS-Roll, Tire Balls, Andrews Cycle, Douglas Wheel Technology, Baldwin Motorsports, CGR, O’Neal Clothing, Panolin Lubricants, IMS, Hinson, 317 Graphics, Intense Fabrication and Design, Tsubaki Chains, Hardkor Engineering, Shoei, Axcalibar Racing Axles, PowerMadd.