Suzuki Re-ups With GNCC

Kit Palmer | February 15, 2006

The following is a release from Racer Productions:

Racer Productions proudly announces that American Suzuki has returned as title sponsor for the 2006 Suzuki Grand National Cross Country Series.

“Suzuki is very excited to be back,” said Glenn Hansen, Communications Manager for American Suzuki. “Last year was our first year as the title sponsor, and it worked out very well for us. We’re thrilled to do it again and we hope this is a long-term relationship.”

With help from Suzuki, the GNCC Series returned to television last year on the Outdoor Life Network. Suzuki’s support brings the series back to OLN in 2006, and it also allows the series to expand through larger purses and a greater, more professional presentation at each race.

“Suzuki’s support allowed GNCC Racing to go to the next level,” says Racer Production’s Jeff Russell. “We hope to accomplish even more with them this year.”

Suzuki’s GNCC efforts mirror their product line, which offers a variety of products for the off-road rider on both two and four-wheels. Their FMF/Suzuki factory race team led by five-time GNCC Champion Rodney Smith – is one of the most successful in GNCC history, as the RM, RM-Z and DR-Z lines of motorcycles lend themselves to GNCC racing. On the ATV side, Team Suzuki has experienced plenty of success with William Yokley, and the all-new LT-R450 QuadRacer promises to take the sport even higher.

“Suzuki is always striving to go to the next level,” says Hansen. “Whether it’s with our GSX-R sport bikes, which are extremely competitive, or our RM and RM-Z line of motocrossers, competition is very important to us. The QuadRacer name has been around for a long time, because we were the first to build a four-wheeled racing ATV. So we felt we had to go to this level with ATVs, too. Competition is what we do.”

Suzuki’s efforts in GNCC racing will be obvious through banner placement at the track, mentions in print and television coverage of the races and a variety of promotions. They will also return as title sponsor of one of the largest races on the tour, the Suzuki Loretta Lynn’s GNCC in April.

In addition to Suzuki, all of last year’s GNCC featured sponsors have returned to the series, including Parts Unlimited, Moose Racing, Wiseco, Klotz, Maxxis, ITP, Pirelli and FMF.

The 2006 Suzuki Grand National Cross Country Series kicks off during Daytona Bike Week with the Orange Crush GNCC in De Leon Springs, FL, on March 7, 2006. For more information log on to

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.