2010 GNCC Title: Suzuki & Strang Report

GNCC Suzuki Champion

The 2010 AMA GNCC season has drawn to a close, and 2010 XC1 Pro Champion Josh Strang finished the season with a solid performance in Sunday’s race in Crawfordsville, Ind.. Despite having already wrapped up his first GNCC title at the penultimate round in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Strang continued to charge hard and made a mid-race push to take the lead.

Josh Strang says: “I got an okay start, and moved into the lead with about three laps to go.”

Strang made his move in one of the fastest sections of the GNCC course, using the Suzuki RM-Z450’s superior power and handling to break away from the other racers, but the drought-plagued soil of Indiana proved to be the toughest challenger to Josh’s race.

He held the lead until thick clouds of dust kicked up by other GNCC racers began to take a toll on his machine. The dust clogged the Suzuki dirtbike’s air filter, choking off the air supply to the engine and forcing Josh to drop out of the race. He was able to roll the bike across the finish line for an 11th-place finish. Despite the bad luck with the air filter, Josh still feels good about his race.

Josh Strang says: “I wish it hadn’t ended like that, but I was in the lead and that felt good.”

With the season over, Josh will take a few weeks to enjoy some down time before resuming his rigorous training schedule.

Josh Strang says: “I’m going to head back to Australia for Christmas, then it’s back to training for next season.

At the end of his first championship season, Josh has accumulated five race wins, three additional podiums and a grand total of 290 points.

Josh Strang says: “It was a pretty good season overall, and I’m happy that I got the championship!”

Josh Strang Fast Facts:

  • Strang maintained the lead for a brief period of the Ironman before the dusty conditions clogged his air-filter and forced him to drop out of the race.
  • Strang earned the 2010 GNCC XC1 Championship at Round 12 of the GNCC series.
  • Over the course of his 2010 championship season, Strang accumulated 5 race wins, 3 additional podiums and a total of 290 points.