Suzuki Offers Strang's Race Bike for Charity Raffle

Proceeds Benefit RiderDown Foundation

Morgantown, W.Va. (May 7, 2010) - Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, are pleased to announce that American Suzuki Motor Corp. has offered Josh Strang's 2010 RM-Z450, the bike he competes on in the GNCC series, to Racer Productions. Racer Productions will raffle the bike off at the Snowshoe GNCC, and all proceeds will benefit the RiderDown Foundation.

"Josh is off to an incredible start and the rumor mill is buzzing that he is on some "Factory exotica," said Mike Webb, Off Road Race Team Manager. "Well, the truth is that Josh is on a production 2010 RM-Z450, with exactly the same bike and aftermarket accessories available to anyone. The only way to prove this is by letting one lucky fan walk away with his race bike immediately after the Snowshoe round and American Suzuki is thrilled with the proceeds of the Racer Productions raffle going to The RiderDown Foundation."

"We couldn't be more excited," said Bruce Vermeulen, President of RiderDown Foundation. "To have Josh Strang's 2010 race bike up for grabs and benefitting RiderDown is unbelievable. The support of guys like Josh who are out there campaigning the GNCC series means a lot to us and the injured riders we work with. My hat's off to Racer Productions and American Suzuki for making this happen."

Raffle tickets can be purchased during the next three rounds of GNCC Racing, beginning with this weekend's Yadkin Valley Stomp. The winner will be announced at Snowshoe, and the bike handed off to the winner after Strang crosses the finish line.

"American Suzuki is proud of the accomplishment that Josh has made so far and to be able to prove that the 2010 RM-Z450 is not only a championship caliber motocrosser but a race winning off-road bike," said Pat Alexander, American Suzuki's Amateur Race Support Manager.

The series travels this weekend to the Yadkin Valley Stomp, held May 8-9 in Yadkinville, North Carolina. ATVs race on Saturday, and bikes race on Sunday.

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About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. GNCC Television is also on Versus, now back on DirecTV. For more information, please visit

About RiderDown Foundation
With a nationwide network of volunteers ready to lend support and assistance to injured riders, RiderDown is actively giving back to the off road community. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization, RiderDown has been delivering on its mission of "Helping Riders Up" since 2005. Dedicated to helping responsible off-road motorcyclists and ATV racers who have been injured, proceeds are used to provide assistance to riders and their families when faced with medical expenses and related issues. In cooperation with their partners in the field of medical bill review, RDF has saved injured riders thousands of dollars on excessive and/or unnecessary medical charges. Their "Angels" visit injured riders in the hospital and at home, offering a friendly voice during difficult times. To find out more about RiderDown and ways you can help, go to