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Thursday, June 4, 2009
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"COME BACK KID" STRANG LEADING GOING INTO JOHN PENTON GNCC

FMF Makita Suzuki\'s Josh Strang has proven twice during the 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series season that he can recover from the worst of circumstances to come back on top. Whether it be running out of gas in the first round or mentally zoning out in the muddy Titan GNCC, Strang has come back to dominate just weeks later.

Beside the elements and simple bad luck, Strang has battled two very talented riders, New Zealander Paul Whibley and his Makita Suzuki teammate Charlie Mullins. Just six points separate the three riders heading into this weekend\'s Wiseco John Penton GNCC in Ohio.

Strang has been able to get in the middle of his competitors and their usual style of racing. Strang is one of the first riders to ever be caught by Whibley in a duel on the final lap and come out on top-which he did for the first time for a win at Steele Creek.

Strang\'s FMF Makita Suzuki teammate, "Check Out Charlie" Mullins hasn\'t had a win since the first round but has consistently stayed on the podium each race except round two in Georgia. Mullins is second in the points standings, just four points behind Strang and a mere two points ahead of Whibley. While Mullins has checked out early with leads in his usual style, Strang has managed to run him down a few times to grab wins.

"The Big Three" have distanced themselves so far from the rest of the pack, it could be down to the last race to see who will really come out on top!


 

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