WASHINGTON, GA (March 14, 2011) – FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang improved his status in the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series by taking a solid runner-up finish at the Maxxis General GNCC in Washington, Georgia in round two of the series. Teammate Josh Weisenfels injured his ankle in a practice crash before round one and did not compete.

Strang got a great jump off the start, rounding the first turn in second place. He quickly moved into the lead aboard his FMF Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and began to gap the field of top professionals. Late in the race, however, the Australian off-road star missed a line in the mud and gave up the position to eventual winner Paul Whibley, the 2009 series champ.

“I couldn’t catch Whibs at the end – he was going good,” said Strang. “We’re just two races in and hopefully I’ll work the bugs out. These boys were going quick and it was a fun race. My team and my Suzuki were great today and I’m looking forward to the next round in North Carolina.”