Morgantown, W. Va. (June 20, 2012) – After a one-month break in the schedule, the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to action this weekend at the picturesque Snowshoe Mountain Resort in eastern West Virginia. With six wins in the first seven rounds, Pennsylvania’s Chris Borich tops the XC1 ATV point standings as the series heads into Round 8 – The Snowshoe GNCC. But since this race is deemed one of the toughest stops on the 13-round GNCC tour, anything out of the ordinary could take place during the two-hour battle through 20-miles of grueling terrain on Snowshoe Mountain.

Ballance Racing Yamaha’s duo of Taylor Kiser and Walker Fowler still remain in the title chase as they sit second and third place respectively in the series points. Kiser is the only rider to finish ahead of Borich in a race this season and the competition level has tightened up immensely between the two. Kiser’s teammate Fowler has a history of doing well in the rough and technical Snowshoe terrain and there’s no doubt the rookie has a winning-mentality this season.

The Snowshoe course is known for its deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and near-vertical hill climbs, usually throwing an additional element to the already demanding two-hour race. Maxxis/Yoshimura’s Borich experienced the wrath of Snowshoe last year as he battled mechanical issues while contending for the lead, ultimately sitting out the final lap of the race. GBC/Cernics/HMF/Yamaha’s Johnny Gallagher also experienced issues last year, only completing two laps of the race.

SNOWSHOE, WV – FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang edged out the competition and piloted his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the checkers at the sixth round of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series at the Snowshoe Mountain resort in Snowshoe, WV on Sunday. Strang rode strong throughout the entire three-hour race to pull off the race win and extend his championship points lead.

After a grueling, race-long battle, Strang moved his FMF/Makita Suzuki around the leader on the final lap of the three-hour race and avoided any mishaps over the final few miles to take the victory, his second of the year. The Snowshoe GNCC is billed as America’s Toughest Race, and Strang was pleased to come out on top at this year’s event.