Team FMF Makita Suzuki's Strang Takes Championship Points Lead After Rock Run

_FMF Makita Suzuki News Release
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PATTON, PA (May 31, 2011) - 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.

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 www.suzukicycles.com. Follow team updates on SuzukiScoopFans on facebook and SuzukiScoop on twitter.
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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

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) founded The Motorcycle and ATV Division of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, CA, in 1963. ASMC markets motorcycles and ATVs via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters, automobiles and marine engines. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has 120 distributors in 191 countries. For more information, visit www.suzukicycles.com. Follow Suzuki Scoop on facebook for exclusive team content www.facebook.com/suzukiscoopfans.

About FMF: Owner and founder Don Emler started FMF Racing in 1973. Don's vision was to provide the top level US racing equipment at the grass roots level. FMF was formed in Don's garage and is now located in Rancho Dominguez in a 90,000 sq ft state of the art manufacturing facility. FMF's goal is simple; design and manufacture the world's best performance exhaust 100% in the USA under one roof. For more information visit http://www.fmfracing.com.

About Makita: Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial quality power tools and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita applies leading-edge technology and innovation to engineer tools that are more compact with less weight yet deliver industrial strength power and results. Makita innovation includes Makita LXT(r), the industry's first 18V lithium-ion cordless lineup. The Makita Teal color is the trade dress of Makita Corporation and is protected under common law and registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Makita is Best in Class Engineering. For more information visit www.makitatools.com.

Team FMF Makita Suzuki is grateful for the support of their sponsors: FMF, Makita Industrial Power Tools, Dunlop, Maxima, Renthal, Motion Pro, DP Brakes, Acerbis, ProFilter, Trek, Hinson Clutch Components, RG3, Zip Ty, CTI, IMS, La Piparosa, DID Dirt Star, Works Connection, Pro X, Tokyo Mods, T.M. Designworks, TCR Hubs, Matrix Concepts, CV4, GPR Stabilizers, Posey, N-Style and GoPro.

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