The Triton GNCC Race Report
Melbourne, Florida, March 2, 2008
William Yokley finished 7th Overall today in
this tough Florida sand race. There were
224 total entries with 26 XC1 Pro Riders.
Team Rider Mark Notman finished 29th Overall and
8th in the 44 rider XC2 Pro Am Class.
It’s been a very busy several months
since the last race getting everything lined up
for this season. Many things have changed
since last year; first of all, the Army National
Guard is the Title Sponsor of Yokley Racing
along with twenty four other fine sponsors.
Mark Notman is a new addition to the team this
year competing in the XC2 Pro Am Class.
Mark and I arrived in Florida a few days before
the race and sorted out our bikes. We
worked on suspension settings and prepping the
machines for sandy conditions; sand gets in most
everywhere and we try to keep it out of the
engines and filters as best we can. Warm
and sunny conditions greeted us on race day.
Florida always has a big turnout of competitors
and spectators, and it was good seeing everyone.
The first thing I noticed was the number of big
rigs on Pro Row; several manufacturers have
jumped in with full factory teams and
18-wheelers making this the most competitive
seasons ever. Also new was the electronic
scoring with transponders; this is accurate and
eliminates backups at the checkpoints.
We lined up for the main event and I was excited
to see how all the hard work would play out.
I am on a new Honda TRX 450 this year and I
really like the way it runs and handles. I
also have been working with Mark Spataro, a
great fitness trainer and coach, who has worked
me into much better condition. The start
flag dropped and the Honda fired immediately
putting me in the top seven going into the
woods. I wanted to stay with the leading
group and settle in a fast pace. I worked
my way up to 5th at the 3 mile mark, and was
trying to make the pass for 4th when my first
bit of bad luck hit.
I pulled out to pass and I caught my front wheel
in a palmetto bush, which then pitched me into a
thicket of palmettos. My bike was stuck in
there like a giant velcro strip; it took me a
couple of minutes to finally get the bike
unstuck and going again. I found myself in
the back of the pack but was able to work up to
18th at the end of the first 12 mile lap.
I pushed as hard as I could and finished 7th at
the end of the 5 lap event. I had a few
other adventures along the way such as my goggle
roll offs not working and a few trees that just
jumped in front of me; I think I hit one
particular tree three laps in a row! The
ruts, palmetto roots and sand whoops were
getting more brutal as the race progressed.
I survived the race pretty well other than some
hand blisters. Mark Notman had a somewhat
similar race as me. His bike would not
fire up at the start, and he was dead last of 44
Pro Am riders. He rode really well to 16th
on the first lap when his bike stalled in a
steep berm. It took him several minutes to
get it restarted which left him pretty spent.
Mark put his head down and rode from 22nd to 8th
at the finish; a great ride under the
We loaded up for the 14 hour trip back to
Kentucky. We have a short turnaround for
the next race in Washington, GA this coming
Saturday and a lot of work to do. The
National Guard ATV Team will be ready! See
Yokley Racing Team Sponsors are The Army
National Guard, Rocky Mountain ATV, Polaris
Industries, ITP Tires, Elka Suspension, 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 & Design, Tsubaki Chains,
Hardkor, Shoei Helmets, Axcaliber Axles,
Streamline and Powermadd.