Taft, California, January 22-23, 2011 – National Guard Coastal Yokley Racing ATV Team rider Jarrod McClure finished 9th overall in the Pro ATV class today in Round 1 of the 2011 WORSC Series. National Guard Polaris Coastal DragonFire Yokley Racing Team driver William Yokley finished 3rd in the Side by Side Class 1 UTV class. National Guard Polaris Coastal Yokley Racing Team driver Scott Kiger finished 4th in the same class.
Yokley Racing traveled to the west coast for Round 1 of the 2011 WORCS series in Taft, CA. The team unveiled its new hauler and race machines for 2011. The all new 2011 Polaris RZR XP 900 was being raced for the first time. With a short time period for preparation, the RZR used very few specialty parts, and the motor, transmission and clutches were stock. This is the only side by side machine available that you can race competitively in basically stock configuration in the top level classes. Polaris hit another “Home Run” on this new model!
The 45 minute UTV race started out great for the Yokley Racing team, running 1st and 2nd at the start. Scott Kiger led the 1st lap with Yokley close behind. Yokley had Dirt Wheels Magazine editor Brad Howe as his passenger. Yokley was running maybe a little too close, as his radiator got clogged by the roost off the RZR. The overheating forced him to the pit area where the crew cleaned the dirt from the radiator. Meanwhile, Kiger landed off of a big jump with full power on, and snapped a rear axle, eventually ending his day early. William was able to finish the race at a reduced pace. Both team drivers were very optimistic about the season, as the Polaris was working great before the set backs. The team will correct the early problems, and be ready for Round 2 on Feb. 26 in Primm, NV.
The National Guard Coastal Yokley Racing ATV had good day for the first race of the season. Team rider Jarrod McClure had been training in Florida over the winter, and experienced a wrist injury recently, so expectations were to race and finish without further injury. He qualified 10th and when the 90 minute race began, he was mid-pack. Several turns into the race, a rider in front of him spun out; Jarrod had no way to avoid him and slammed into him. He got his tire locked into the other rider’s nerf bar, and they could not get unhooked. Eventually, after all the other riders passed them, they finally got going. The course was very fast with many high speed straights, and rough, square edged bumps. Parts of the course were hard packed and slick, while the motorcross sections were tacky. Jarrod worked his way up to 9th at the finish, and was pleased with the finish under the circumstances. The wide open west coast terrain and set up is different than the more technical east coast where he had been training, so with today’s experience, he will be better prepared for Round 2.
Yokley Racing Team Sponsors
The Army National Guard, Polaris Industries, Coastal Racing, DragonFire Racing, Kenda Tires, Monavie, EXIT Suspension, Roll Design, XC Bobs.com, Douglas Wheel Technology, HMF Exhaust Systems, Moto Pro Training, SHIFT Riding Gear, Tsubaki Chains, IMS/Roll, CV4 Hoses, ATVRiders.com, Tireballs, Precision Racing Products, G-4 Graphics, SCOTT USA Goggles, IMS, Hygh Octane Designs, Bowers Motorsports, TanTerra Wines, Tusk Off-Road, Baldwin Motorsports, K&N Filters, RPM Axles, and KG Clutches.