FMF Suzuki Off-Roadâ€™s Josh Strang scored his breakthrough win in the AMA Grand National Cross Country Series, coming from behind to take the Elka Yadkin Valley Stomp GNCC on a dry day in
Strang notched three seconds and a third in the last four GNCC races. This time he overcame a bad start to win, which wasn’t supposed to be possible on a dusty track. Mullins grabbed the Racer X Holeshot Award and tried to check out, but Strang put on a charge from about seventh place to get into second. When Mullins crashed on the banks of a water crossing, Strang rolled past.
“I wanted to get a win,” said Mullins. “I knew Josh was coming, and then I clipped something coming out of that water and went flying. I wasn’t even close to my bike once I landed, and I was totally under water.”
“It was a shame to see Charlie down in there, but I guess we’ve all had bad luck,” said Strang. “I was able to make up ground in the bottom sections, where they had big motocross type bumps. I was comfortable there.”
Fourth went to FMF Suzuki Off Roadâ€™s, Paul Whibley, who had won the last two GNCCs.
Strangâ€™s win gives Team Suzuki Off Road itâ€™s third straight win in the GNCC Series and four for the eight events run so far this season.