FMF/Makita Suzuki's Josh Strang still leads the 2010 GNCC after six rounds despite losing the Loretta Lynn round to Yamaha's Charlie Mullins and surviving a huge crash while leading the North Carolina round.
After taking a thumping from Strang over the first four rounds, Mullins has hit form to storm back into contention in the most prestigious off-road series in America. "I've had two good weekends in GNCC and my confidence is high right now," said Mullins.
"I'm happy with how things went today and how I rode and I just want to keep doing what I'm doing." Strang's first loss for the season was at round five where a solid second place to Mullins was of no concern but a huge crash while leading at North Carolina put the wind up the tough Aussie.
"I got sideways over a little jump in the woods and I clipped a tree and my hand went off the 'bars and when I grabbed on again I got a handful of throttle and it shot me into a tree," said Strang. "I went down pretty hard and it rang my bell."
The 'other' Aussie in the series Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna) scored his first podium for the year despite a far from perfect lead up to the event."Thursday we were testing suspension, and Ben (Kearney's brother and mechanic) had an accident and broke his femur, so it was a long night Thursday night and then he had surgery on Friday,' said Kearney. "He had the bike all about ready, but we were waiting on some engine parts that showed up on Friday morning, so I learned a little bit about putting a top end on a four-stroke and timing valves and that sort of stuff.' - Darren Smart
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