American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) is proud to announce the FMF Makita Suzuki Off-Road team lineup for the 2011 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Championship. The FMF Makita Suzuki team welcomes back reigning GNCC XC1 Champion Josh Strang, who will be defending his 2010 title. New to the team is Josh Weisenfels, who will campaign the XC2 class aboard his 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250.
Josh Strang is ready to defend his 2010 GNCC XC1 Championship aboard his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. Coming off of a stellar 2010 season, which included five victories and eight podiums, Strang is excited to get back into GNCC racing and defend his number one plate.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe FMF Makita Suzuki team had a great year last year,Ã¢Â€Â said Strang. Ã¢Â€ÂœWeÃ¢Â€Â™ve been working really hard in the off-season and my Suzuki RM-Z450 is ready to go. I canÃ¢Â€Â™t wait to get back out on the track and defend my number one plate.Ã¢Â€Â
Joining Strang under the Team FMF Makita Suzuki tent will be Josh Weisenfels. Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, 25-year-old Weisenfels is excited to make his debut on the factory-supported Suzuki team. Weisenfels will make his run at the GNCC XC2 championship aboard the potent 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250.
Ã¢Â€ÂœGetting the opportunity to ride for the FMF Makita Suzuki team is a dream come true for me,Ã¢Â€Â said Weisenfels. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m very motivated to get out there and put my hard work into action aboard my Suzuki RM-Z250.Ã¢Â€Â
Also new to FMF Makita Suzuki is team manager, Chris Wheeler. Wheeler replaces longtime Suzuki off-road team manager Mike Webb, who made the move last fall to head up SuzukiÃ¢Â€Â™s supercross and motocross efforts.
“We are really excited to get the 2011 racing season under way,Ã¢Â€Â said Wheeler. Ã¢Â€ÂœBoth Strang and Weisenfels have been working very hard with FMF Makita Suzuki off-road coach, five-time GNCC champion, Rodney Smith, as well as team coordinator and Ã¢Â€ÂœGolden WrenchÃ¢Â€Â award winner, Shane Nalley. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s very hard to bet against that much championship experience! We really look forward to going racing with this lineup in 2011. With Strang holding the number one plate in XC1, and Weisenfels coming into the season more prepared than ever, we are set in our quest to defend our XC1 Championship and add the XC2 Championship.Ã¢Â€Â
FMF Makita SuzukiÃ¢Â€Â™s Strang and Weisenfels kick off their quest for the 2011 championship at the GNCC season opener in River Ranch, FL, on March 6 – 8, 2011. For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com. Follow team updates on SuzukiScoopFans on facebook and SuzukiScoop on twitter.