The General GNCC Race Report
Georgia, March 7, 2009
William and the National Guard Polaris
William Yokley finished 33rd Overall and 12th
in the XC1 Pro Class today. There were 230
total entries with 21 XC1 Pro Riders. Team
Rider Mark Notman was 159th Overall and 27th in
the 35 rider XC2 Pro Am Class after experiencing
some mechanical issues and not finishing.
We stayed in Florida between Round 1 and
Round 2 in Georgia. I wanted to get
everything cleaned up and do some more tuning on
my bike, as well as rest my banged up wrist.
It’s always good to get through the first 2
rounds and get in a routine for the upcoming
races. It’s only 6 days between the first
2 races and not a whole lot of time to do much
except clean up, fix things, and prepare for the
totally different terrain in Georgia.
The track on Georgia is always fun but also
very rough; part of the course is on a pro-style
moto cross course and it typically gets very
rutted out in the woods sections. The
weather was perfect for a good day of racing.
I got off to a decent start, and as soon as I
got in the woods I realized my set up was not
right for the conditions. I can usually
overcome most anything, but with my wrist not
fully recovered, I could not push like I wanted.
I was as far back as 18th in the XC1 Pro Class
but worked up to 12th at the finish. Not
what I was hoping for but, my 450 Polaris Outlaw
ran flawlessly and I am very happy with the
My teammate Mark had a pretty difficult day
and another dose of bad luck. Because he
was not in the top 10 in points after Round 1,
he had to draw for a starting position and he
was unlucky enough to have the last pick on the
starting line. Mark lined up on the very
outside and when the flag dropped he actually
got a decent start. After about 3 turns,
there was a big jam up and he went into the
woods in almost last place. He pushed hard
and worked up to 16th place on Lap 4, and was
trying to get in the top 10 before the finish.
Mark noticed the idle of the motor kept getting
higher and higher. Eventually the motor
shut off and would not restart. He found
that the carburetor boot going to the cylinder
had split in half; this is something that hardly
ever happens. It’s certainly not the fault
of the machine; it’s just one of those
We have 2 weeks before our next race at the
beautiful Steele Creek track in Morganton, NC.
We will sort things out and be ready to get some
better results. See you there!
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, and Rekluse Clutches.