The Snowshoe GNCC Pro ATV & Youth M/C Race Report Snowshoe, West Virginia, June 25, 2011 National Guard Coastal Yokley Racing Team rider Jarrod McClure finished 5th Overall and 4th in the XC1 Pro class today. There were 160 total entries including 15 XC1 Pro racers. Yokley Racing Youth Motorcycle Team rider Kaleb Hagan finished 6th in the 65 (10-11) class, and also competed in the Youth ATV 90 Open (8-11) class, finishing in 2nd place. There were 119 total Youth motorcycle entries including 23 65 (10-11) racers, and 95 total Youth ATV entries including 17 90 Open (8-11) racers. Summary – XC1 Pro ATV The Snowshoe GNCC is considered the toughest race on the schedule, and is brutal on riders and machines. The course runs loops on two sides of Snowshoe Mountain and goes right through the picturesque ski resort. This event is very much like the historic Blackwater 100, where the GNCC had its beginnings. Steep hills, deep mud holes and tons of rocks makes this race a huge accomplishment just to finish. National Guard Coastal rider Jarrod McClure has had some bad racing luck the past few races, but he was focused and prepared for a strong run. The grand prix style start features 5 ATVs per row, starting at 5 second intervals. There is always a lot of bumping and banging as the machines funnel out of the main street area into the woods. Jarrod started on row 2, and was 7 th as they headed down the mountain. While jockeying for position on lap 1, he blew through a turn and got hung up on a tree. This put him back to 10th place as they began lap 2. Jarrod started picking off riders each lap, and by the end of the 4 lap race, he had worked his way to 4th place in the XC1 pro class. His machine was fast and reliable. Mark Baldwin, owner of Baldwin Motorsports, had built Jarrod a new race motor with some trick cylinder head modifications. His bike was ripping up the many long uphill sections! His Kenda tires were hooking up great, and like always, Tireballs were an absolute necessity. Jarrod will now prepare for next weekend’s AMA National Hare Scrambles race in New York. The next GNCC race is the John Penton in Millfield Ohio on July 9. Summary – Youth ATV & Motorcycle Yokley Racing Youth Team rider Kaleb Hagan did something that very few riders attempt – he competed in both the Youth motorcycle and ATV races on the same weekend. He usually races motorcycles, but this was his first race on an ATV.
Kaleb did a great job finishing 2nd in the ATV 90 Open (8-11) class, and 6th in the motorcycle 65 (10-11) class. See you at the next race!
Jarrod McClure, National Guard Coastal # 16, backs it in the first turn as they head through Main Street at the Snowshoe Ski Resort.
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