Yokley Racing ATV & UTV Report: John Penton GNCC
National Guard Polaris Yokley Racing ATV Team rider Jarrod McClure finished 40th overall and 15th in the XC1 Pro ATV class today after suffering some water related mechanical issues in Round 8 of the 2010 GNCC Series. There were 169 total entries with 15 XC1 Pro Riders. National Guard Polaris DragonFire Yokley Racing Team driver William Yokley finished 2nd overall in the UTV class. There were 45 total entries with 22 Open Modified teams.
The John Penton GNCC is generally either very dusty or very muddy. This year the competitors got some of both. The morning race was run in dusty but good conditions, but just before the afternoon race, a huge rainstorm hit. It rained so much that the Racer Production crew delayed the race for an hour in hopes of the water dissipating somewhat so the course would be passable. Parts of the motocross track were several feet under water.
The ATV race finally was flagged off with Jarrod McClure getting a very good start. He ran with the lead group in fourth place for most of lap 1. On lap 2, he ran through a deep mud hole and the bike quit. He eventually got it restarted and continued on. The bike was covered in heavy Ohio mud, adding a great deal of weight; add to that the rider and gear with about 50 extra pounds of mud & water makes getting around the race course very tough. On lap 4, the bike quit again after going through more deep water holes, finally ending Jarrod’s day.
The UTV race for William Yokley went pretty well. His dad Mike rode with him today as the guest passenger. They got the holeshot at the start, and even though they skidded off the track and over an embankment at the second turn, they were able to maintain the lead. On lap 2, there was a huge bottleneck with UTVs stuck everywhere blocking the trail. William had to wait for a couple of minutes until things opened up so he could continue on. By that time, most of the competitors were right behind him. Even though no one passed him, he was actually in sixth place on adjusted time due to the staggered start procedure. The team managed to work up to second place at the finish. The National Guard Polaris DragonFire RZR ran flawlessly under these difficult conditions. Now, William has the fun task of cleaning and preparing the machine for the next UTV race!
The next ATV GNCC race is June 26 at the Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia.
Yokley Racing Team Sponsors: The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, DragonFire Racing, Kenda Tires, Monavie, EXIT Suspension, Roll Design, XC Bob’s, Douglas Wheel Technology, Motoworks Exhaust Systems, Moto Pro Training, SHIFT Riding Gear, Tsubaki Chains, IMS/Roll, CV4 Hoses, ATVRiders.com, Tireballs, Precision Racing Products, G-4 Graphics, Andrews Cycle, Powermadd, SCOTT USA Goggles, PURE Polaris Lubricants & Fuels, Intense Fabrication & Design, IMS, Hygh Octane Designs, Bowers Motorsports, TanTerra Wines and Tusk Off-Road.
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