The Big Buck GNCC Race Report
Carolina, April 4, 2009
William Yokley finished 16th Overall and 13th
in the XC1 Pro Class today in South Carolina.
There were 203 total entries with 20 XC1 Pro
Riders. Team Rider Mark Notman finished
90th Overall and 22nd in the 31 rider XC2 Pro Am
After a busy 2 weeks preparing both my Polaris
450 Outlaw and my RZR for the UTV race, we
arrived late Friday night. The Big Buck
facility is always fun and challenging, with
both technical woods and a lot of high speed
sections. The weather was perfect, with
lots of sunshine and good track conditions.
The National Guard had a huge display tent, rock
climbing wall, and several vehicles for everyone
to check out. Recruiters cruised around
the property meeting and greeting all the fans.
It was cool seeing about 60 US and foreign
journalists covering the races, and it was fun
talking to them and showing them our sport.
Today would be a busy day with both the ATV race
and the UTV race immediately following; my UTV
race report will follow this report.
I got a decent start about mid-pack, and the
entire first lap everybody in the top 15 were
pretty much nose to tail. The course was
quite long today, about 13 miles, and we didn’t
run into lappers until late in the race. I
finished lap 1 in 10th, and lap 2 in 9th, and
felt good. On lap 3, the machine started
to kick around more due to the track getting
rougher and the suspension heating up. I
finished up in 13th place in the Pro Class after
losing a few positions on the last lap.
My teammate Mark Notman has had some really
freaky bad luck so far this year, and today was
no different. His bike has been working
great in testing and practice, but when he went
to start it at the drop of the flag, nothing
happened. The solenoid on the starter
failed, and by the time his crew improvised a
fix, he was a good 3 minutes behind. This
makes your day tough! He did improve his
position each lap, finally finishing 22nd in the
XC2 Pro Am Class. When these bad luck
gremlins quit happening, he will be fine.
We head to Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in 2 weeks, I
always like that area and it’s not too far from
home. We will continue to test and develop
our bikes, and will be ready for a good run
there. See you at the races!
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.