FMF/Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang took his first win in the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series by beating everyone to the finish on his Suzuki RM-Z450 at the Steele Creek GNCC in Morganton, North Carolina in round three of the series on Sunday.
GHR 6-Hour Endurance
As the Fred Andrew’s Husqvarna Team raged at the GNCC in Georgia, the boys on the West Coast Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna Team took a well-deserved break from racing action.
However Team Husqvarna was still in action this past weekend as the corporate crew stepped up for the annual Glen Helen Raceway 6 Hour Endurance Race.
Husqvarna is backing 2010 racing in a big way by offering more than $11 million in contingency awards for 145 different U.S. racing series this season. "Think of it as the Husqvarna Bailout Program," says Marketing & Racing Chief Scot Harden. "Even though the economy is going through some tough times, now isn’t the time to back down.
A sell-out crowd of AMA Racing champions and their families, friends and fans joined the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 4., to celebrate the successful seasons of some of the country’s most-talented motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) racers.
"All AMA Racers are born and bred with exceptional levels of dedication, talent and guts — but only a few become champions," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley.
In order to keep his skills honed during the break in the GNCC schedule, Team Husqvarna’s GNCC specialist Glenn Kearney took a swig from the Enduro side. In his first ever attempt at racing an American-style enduro, the agile Aussie managed to run away with SETRA’s 56th Annual Little Brown Jug’s overall win.
Expecting his run to serve as little more than a training ride for the GNCC series, the tough-as-nails Kearney showed his prowess in dry and dusty conditions aboard his Wyatt Seals-prepped Husqvarna WR300 2-stroke.
Newly Crowned OMA Champion
Kawasaki’s Paul Whibley came out in full force at the beginning of the season with the backing of a new team and riding aboard a new bike. The Kawasaki KX 450F and Whibley have won a total of 11 races thus far between the GNCC series and the OMA Nationals. With his dominant showing at the OMA Nationals, going eight for eight, he successfully defended his No. 1 plate and was crowned champion for the second time. He took some time to talk about the season, his new bike, and his future goals.
Hendersonville, North Carolina: Off road specialists, FCR Suspension, are now off road Öhlins TTX suspension specialists, certified through the new Öhlins USA suspension training program. All off road riders, from Motocross to Supercross, to Arenacross, to crossing creeks and woods in GNCC, can now depend on the FCR Suspension dealer in their area to service and set up Öhlins TTX suspensions components for their bikes.
The Öhlins USA training program included FCR Suspension personnel:
American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) congratulates the Suzuki motorcycle and ATV race teams for racking up a championship, numerous victories and podium finishes in their most recent events. To date, a Suzuki motorcycle or ATV leads the overall championship points standings in six different classes in U.S. Road Racing, Supercross, Motocross and the GNCC.
It’s not unusual for parents to share in the sporting pursuits of their children, but becoming a factory motorcycle racer at a major event is quite a unique feat… even if your factory contract only lasts for a day. Charles Mullins, Sr., may not be familiar on the GNCC starting line, but the friendly 48-year-old Hamilton, Ohio, resident just happens to be the father of the plenty familiar pro racer Charlie Mullins, Jr.