The Titan GNCC ATV Race Report
Tennessee, May, 2, 2009
William Yokley finished 170th Overall and
19th in the XC1 Pro Class today at the mudfest
in Lafayette TN. There were 177 total
entries with 20 XC1 Pro Riders. Team Rider
Mark Notman finished 164th Overall and 25th in
the 26 rider XC2 Pro Am Class. Neither
rider completed the race.
I was really looking forward to the race at
this new facility on the schedule this year.
It is a beautiful piece of property and only
about an hour from my house.
Unfortunately, it rained hard off and on all
week and all day Friday into Saturday. It
was a real adventure just getting into the pit
area; the GNCC folks were towing rigs into the
parking areas, and it only got worse from there.
We prepared the machines for a full blown mud
and high water race.
As the start flag dropped, everything
immediately went dark with all the flying mud
and water. With the conditions so bad,
anything can happen and you try to just ride
smart and hope you have some luck. Well, I
had some luck but it was all bad! I got
hammered several times from every direction, and
I did my share of hammering. The end
result was my battery box got smashed and bent
into the frame causing the battery to short out.
I wasn’t even through the first lap and the bike
quit, and I could see sparks spewing out
underneath. End of race.
Mark Notman had similar luck with his bike
running poorly and eventually quitting due to
sucking water and mud into the engine, again
while on the first lap. So, we both need to
forget about this race and move on the next one.
We will figure out exactly what caused these
problems, and try to make sure they don’t happen
again. But honestly, sometimes no matter
what preparation you go through, odd things can
take you out.
I feel bad for the Racer Productions Crew for
all the hard work they put into making a great
course, and then to deal with having to move
thousands of vehicles in and out of the mess.
We head north to Somerset PA for the next race
in 2 weeks. It will be a busy weekend as I
will be racing both the Outlaw 450 ATV and the
RZR UTV side by side machine. See you
Many Thanks to all our Sponsors!
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.