FMF Suzuki Off-Road’s Josh Strang Wins First Career GNCC

FMF Suzuki Off-Road’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 North Carolina. Strang got emotional on the podium after topping his FMF Suzuki Off-Road teammate Charlie Mullins for the win.”My mom and dad, back home, they made so many sacrifices to get me here,” said Strang, 20, overcome with emotion after taking his first win. “I wish they could be here to see it. This is such a great feeling.”

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 Road’s, Paul Whibley, who had won the last two GNCCs.

Strang’s win gives Team Suzuki Off Road it’s third straight win in the GNCC Series and four for the eight events run so far this season.