Team FMF Suzuki Off Road Goes 1-2 at GNCC Round 7

Somerset, PA (May 16, 2009) - Team FMF Suzuki Off Road turned the Mountain Ridge round of the Grand National Cross Country Series into a private affair, with Josh Strang defeating his teammate Charlie Mullins after a dramatic three-hour battle in the rocks, mud, forests and fields of Western Pennsylvania.

Strang's win marked his fourth victory in the last five GNCC races, and also** the second time this season that Team Suzuki Off Road finished 1-2.** Strang now holds the points lead for the second time this year.

Mullins snagged the $250 MotorcycleUSA.com Holeshot Award and eventually Strang and Mullins hooked up. The Suzuki teammates battled as it boiled down to a Strang versus Mullins duel for the win. The duo kept the fans excited by going back and forth all the way down to the finish.

"I didn't really feel that good in the rocks today, and I went over the bars one time in the mud," said Strang. "But I have some confidence after winning three races earlier in the year, so I just tried to go fast where I could and stay smooth in the other areas. It was good fun racing with Charlie like that, the last three laps were like a motocross, so that's a 90-minute moto right there!"

"It was good, I really have been working hard and wanted to stay strong to the end," said Mullins. "With the rocks, I was never a big fan of this track before, but I guess I like it now. I was able to get by Josh on the last lap, but then he got right back by me. I really tried to push through the rocks on the last lap, but I made a big mistake and he got away right before the finish."

The Suzuki teammates finished 1-2 and kept the Off Road Team's two-year plus-podium streak alive in the GNCC. Strang's win also earned him the point's lead with 165 points and four wins. Mullins also moved into second in the points chase, just four behind his teammate with 161 points and one win. With six races left in the GNCC Series, the Team Suzuki Off Road dynamic duo is charging hard for the title.

Team FMF Makita Suzuki Off Road Highlights:
Josh Strang - Winner GNCC Round 7, GNCC point's leader with 165/4 wins.
Charlie Mullins - 2nd GNCC Round 7, 2nd in GNCC points with 161/1 win.