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William Yokley

UTV Rider

2017 Yokley Racing - Factory Polaris Racing UTV Machine

Mechanic: Stephen Price 
Born:
June 9, 1977
Height:
5’10”
Weight:
210 lbs
Hometown:
Tompkinsville, KY
Wife:
Tina
Children:
 Gage and Carlee

wyokley03@hotmail.com

I grew up in Tompkinsville, Kentucky and still live there. I started riding at the age of nine and gained experience riding multiple brands and sizes over the years. During my childhood, I enjoyed and respected all types of riding and racing, but focused mostly on motocross.

At the age of fifteen, I started running in GNCC events, and started desert racing at the age of eighteen in the Baja 1000. With a twenty-nine year career under my belt, I made the decision to retire from full time racing in the XC1 Pro Class at the end of the 2009 season. Now my focus is on the GNCC UTV Series, as well as focusing more on managing and building the Yokley/Coastal Racing Team.

I've been called a Pro Quad racing icon. I don't know about icon, but I do know I have the most tremendous fans of any Rider or Driver. I've been fortunate to be featured often in the media; ATV/UTV magazine publications, broadcast coverage of GNCC events, appearances on Moto World, The Outdoor Channel, GNCC TV, Versus, ATV Television, ESPN2 and ABC, along with various websites and magazines. I have been featured on GNCC TV within select sponsors “Feature Product of the Week” segments, on GNCCcast.com giving video race recaps, and frequent articles and interviews on ATVriders.com over the years.

An area of my career I’m really excited about is my work with sponsors on product development. They are some of the most important companies serving the ATV and UTV industry. I help sponsors as a performance tester of their products for both racing and recreational uses. Because racing has been my lifelong passion, my experience gives me a unique insight about how a part or product performs under different terrain and weather conditions. This intuition allows me to give feedback to a manufacturer that is invaluable to engineering adjustments with extraordinary results in performance and safety.

Yes, safety is very important to me; that’s one reason I work with kids. I regularly volunteer my time teaching children “safety awareness” to remember to always wear a helmet and seat belts along with other tips to prevent accidents. On numerous occasions, I go to area classrooms speaking to students about the importance of their education now and in the future, regardless of what career they choose.

I will have more time to spend with other racers and fans. In years past, it was tough spending time with folks around the track when most of my time involved either preparing for the races or recovering, and I was always under time constraints. Now I can carry my children around instead of a helmet; there is no better feeling than that!

I'm proud to work with Polaris Industries and to have the opportunity to drive some of the most incredible machines built. I have a lot of great sponsors and I'm glad to be affiliated with them all.  I’ll see you at the races, so please stop by and say hello!

My past accomplishments include:

  • Multi-Time Pro and Pro Production GNCC Winner
  • 1998 Silver State Pro Class Champion
  • 1999 Silver State Pro Class Champion
  • 2000 Silver State Pro Class Champion
  • 2002 Silver State Pro Class Champion
  • 2003 Las Vegas 200 Overall ATV Winner (Solo)
  • 2001 BAJA 1000 Overall Winning Team
  • 2005 BAJA 1000 3rd Overall ATV
  • 2001 GNCC Banquet Swampfox Award
  • 2002 GNCC Banquet Sportsmanship Award
  • 2004 GNCC Banquet Sportsmanship Award
  • 2010 GNCC Banquet Sport Ambassador Award
  • 2000 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 2nd
  • 2001 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 4th
  • 2002 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 3rd
  • 2003 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 3rd
  • 2004 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 2nd
  • 2005 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 3rd
  • 2006 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 5th
  • 2006 WPSA ProQuad Terrain Challenge Ranked 3rd
  • 2007 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 11th
  • 2008 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 8th
  • 2008 GNCC National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2009 GNCC National Side-by-Side Ranked 4th
  • 2009 GNCC Pro Class Ranked 18th
  • 2010 GNCC National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2011 GNCC National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2011 WORCS National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2012 GNCC National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2013 GNCC National Side-by-Side Champion
  • 2014 GNCC UTV Pro Class ranked 5th
  • 2015 GNCC UTV Pro Class racked 10th