FMF Makita Suzuki\'s Josh Strang raced his way through the rough West Virginia terrain to a sixth-place finish at the famous Snowshoe GNCC on Sunday. Josh battled the track and the other riders as he worked his way around Snowshoe\'s extended track, which included some of the toughest obstacles all season. At the finish, the young Australian earned enough points to maintain his lead in the race for the championship, with 17 points now separating him from his closest competition.
The track at Snowshoe is infamous for being one of the most challenging in the series, and it didn’t disappoint on Sunday. With such a wide variety of conditions, tracks like Snowshoe can wreak havoc on both rider and machine, but Strang proved his mettle and carried it through to the finish.
The FMF Makita Suzuki team partnered with the RiderDown Foundation at the Snowshoe event to hold a special raffle after the race. Fans were given the opportunity to purchase tickets during the race for a chance at taking home Josh\'s FMF Makita RM-Z450. After Josh crossed the finish line, the bike was cleaned up and handed off to a lucky winner. “It was a cool deal,” said Strang. “My bike went to a great fan, and it was all for a good cause.” The proceeds from the raffle will be used to help fallen riders and their families with medical bills and other costs that can accrue when a rider is injured.
The Snowshoe GNCC was the final race before the series takes a summer break. The tour will resume on September 12th with the race at Unadilla in New Berlin, New York.