Team FMF Suzuki Off road is back from South Carolina and the Big Buck GNCC. It was another good weekend with the boys in yellow going 2nd, 3rd, and 4th overall.
Both of our RM-Z450 riders Josh Strang and Paul Whibley gated well, which is the biggest concern with the big four strokes. Jimmy Jarrett was taken out in the first turn by Barry Hawk, he got up and got going but suffered a big flip in a mud hole when he was brake checked while setting up for the mud hole. It was a big flip and JJ’s bike was buried in mud as well as himself. Jimmy got back on it but struggled and eventually finished 10th. Charlie Mullins had his usual great start and he and Josh really started hammering.
Josh would take the lead halfway through the first lap with Charlie in close pursuit, meanwhile the Knighter was closing in, while behind them Whib’s began to struggle with arm pump. Knighter worked his way into the lead with Josh and Charlie battling for the runner up spot. Charlie and Josh kept there pace and the top three pulled away. Whib’s rode really tight for the first three laps and finally his arms relaxed and the super Kiwi started to charge back up. Paul proved his speed and his exceptional conditioning by going from as far back as 10th all the way to 4th.
Finally the race sorted itself out with Knight getting away and Josh taking control of second, while Charlie rode smart and smooth in third. Charlie started to feel the effects of his sprained wrist and hung on for his third place points. Whib’s finalized his 4th place finish and our young Ozzie Joshua Strang had is best race to date with his impressive 2nd overall.
I was absolutely thrilled for Josh; this kid impresses me so much. Few people know that he left his home and family last year at the age of 18 to come to another country by himself to follow his dreams of racing in America. He busts his butt all week and eats, sleeps and breaths racing, he is going to be great, this is just the beginning.
Well that’s it; we get a little break and then were off to Loretta Lynn’s for the next round.