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Yokley Racing

The Ironman GNCC ATV Race Report
Crawfordsville, Indiana, October 25, 2008

William Yokley finished 12th Overall today in the season ending race.  There were 228 total entries with 27 XC1 Pro Riders.  Team Rider Mark Notman finished 16th Overall and 2nd in the 31 rider XC2 Pro Am Class.


It’s been a long season and the last race of the season has arrived.  I always like coming to the Ironman; it’s a great area and the town of Crawfordsville is full of diehard race fans - rain or shine.  Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy, but that didn’t stop a huge crowd from showing up to enjoy the races and displays.  I arrived early on Friday to display my bikes and sign posters at the local National Guard Armory just a mile or so from the track.  SGT Such and SSG Lillard worked the display and talked to potential recruits while giving out hats and shirts.  The track looked like it was going to be perfect, but some heavy showers moved in overnight to make things pretty messy.

Mark and I prepared for a mud race.  The worst part was just getting over to the start area through a deep muddy field.  The actual track was not too bad, and looked like it was going to be wet but fast.  My bike had been starting great this year, but as I was practicing some practice starts just before the race, it started acting up and did not want to start quickly.  Everyone shut their engines off and we waited for the 10 second signal; I hoped it would start.  The flag dropped and everyone roared toward turn one in a sea of mud, except for me.  I kicked and kicked but nothing happened.  It finally started after the pack was around a few turns.  I caught up to the tail end of the pros just as we headed into the woods.

The first lap was just what you would expect-terrible!  I was getting in jams and eating mud big time while trying to make something happen.  I stopped for fresh goggles and ended up in 17th at the end of lap one.  My bike was actually working well once I got going, but staring so far behind made me take a lot of chances; some worked and some didn’t.  I worked my way up to 12th at the finish, right behind Kiser; we had a good battle that last lap.  Congratulations to Chris Borich for the win, and to Bill Ballance for yet another Championship.

Mark Notman got a good start in the XC2 Pro Am class in 4th place.  He battled for 3rd the entire first lap, and passed about five XC1 Pros in the process.  He hooked up with Brandon Ballance and moved into 2nd place on lap 2.  On the last lap, he was within 24 seconds of the leader and was closing in.  He caught the leader at Ironman Hill, but got hung up in the creek at the bottom.  Mark lost about a minute and was now in 3rd.  He charged hard and passed for 2nd about 2 miles out and held on for the finish.  Another podium and 17th Overall – Great job!

The Yokley Racing National Guard team had a good year.  I finished 8th in the XC1 Pro Class and Mark finished 2nd in the XC2 Pro Am Class and 17th Overall.  We are excited about the off season and switching to the new Polaris 450 MXR.  I can’t wait for next season to start!   We intend to get on the new bikes soon and begin getting them dialed in for 2009.  I’ll keep you posted as our testing progresses, and we will be running local and regional race series throughout the winter.  I want to thank all our sponsors for their support this year; none of this would have been possible without them.  See you next year!

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, Axcalibar Axles, Streamline, Powermadd, KG Clutch Factory, Moto Pro Training and

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