PATTON, PA – FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang moved into the points lead of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series after riding his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to a strong second-place finish at the Rock Run GNCC in Patton, PA, this past weekend.

Team FMF Makita Suzuki's Josh Strang Takes Over Championship Points Lead After Rock Run GNCC - Photo 1 of 2

Photographer: Shan Moore

The FMF Makita Suzuki rider got off to a great start on the fast and rocky course, taking the lead immediately on his RM-Z450. Although the defending series champion struggled a little and dropped back to fifth place at one point, Strang eventually worked his way back into second position by the midway point of the race and held on for a podium finish.

“Overall it was a good day,” said Strang. “My FMF Makita Suzuki ran great and it’s good to get the points lead back. I was going for the win, but I just ran out of time and had too much distance to make up at the end.”

After five rounds, Strang has a two-point advantage over second place in the series standings. He’s looking forward to increasing that points lead at the upcoming Snowshoe GNCC.

“Snowshoe should be good,” added Strang. “It’s a technical track and this race was good practice for it, so I am definitely looking forward to the next round.”

The 2011 FMF Makita Suzuki team’s next event is Sunday, June 26th, in Snowshoe, WV, for the Snowshoe GNCC, round six of the AMA Grand National Cross Country Series. For more information, visit Follow team updates on SuzukiScoopFans on facebook and SuzukiScoop on twitter.

Team FMF Makita Suzuki's Josh Strang Takes Over Championship Points Lead After Rock Run GNCC - Photo 2 of 2

Photographer: Shan Moore

Rock Run GNCC XC1 Class Results:

1. Paul Whibley

2. Josh Strang

3. Charles Mullins

4. Mike Lafferty

5. Kailub Russell

6. Christopher Bach

7. Nathan Kanney

8. Rory Mead

9. Kenneth Gilbert

10. Nick Fahringer

2011 GNCC XC-1 Class Standings:

1. Josh Strang – 123

2. Charles Mullins – 121

3. Paul Whibley – 103

4. Corey Buttrick – 81

5. Nathan Kanney – 72

6. Kailub Russell – 69

7. Mike Lafferty – 64

8. Christopher Bach – 63

9. Garrett Edmisten – 46

10. Jimmy Jarrett – 43


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