Suzuki City Riders Finish Top 10 in ATL

Round 2 – Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Series
Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Dome
February 21, 2009

Two rounds in to the 2009 Eastern Regional Supercross Series and the Suzuki City Lites team riders are both two-for-two in making the main events, improving their results at this past weekend’s Atlanta Supercross after less-than-desired starts.

Matt Goerke took the long way into the main event, after falling on the last lap of his Heat while in a transfer position. In the main event he came around the first lap in 14th, while his teammate Steven Clarke came around in 17th. Both riders charged to the front and ended up inside the top 10.

Matt Goerke:

“I finally rode like myself, I just got bad starts. I fell every time I was on the track, too! In the main I got almost a last-place start, but I caught up to like eighth or ninth, then fell. My speed is there; I just need to start up front with the frontrunners. I’ve been practicing a lot of starts this week, so we’ll see how it works out in Indy.”

Steven Clarke:

“Atlanta was good. Unfortunately I crashed on Friday the 13th and tweaked my knee, so I didn’t ride the entire week coming in to Atlanta. I just went into it and was going to try and make it through the night—I wasn’t going to push too hard. I rode pretty good. I got a third in my qualifier and rode pretty decent in the main. I got a terrible start and ended up 10th in the race which put me up to tenth overall in the championship, so I’m happy about that. So, overall, I think it was a good weekend. If my knee wasn’t hurt I think I would’ve definitely been in the top five. It’s still pretty sore. I just got to try and recover as fast as I can. My goal is to finish in the top ten again, closer to the top five I’m hoping for.”

The next stop for the Suzuki City team is the Indianapolis Supercross on February 28, 2009.

Matt Goerke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #34
9th Place – Atlanta Supercross
8th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings

Steven Clarke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #77
10th Place – Atlanta Supercross
10th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings

AMA Supercross Lites Top 10 Finishers
1. Christophe Pourcel (Kaw)
2. Nico Izzi (Suz)
3. Martin Davalos (KTM)
4. Blake Wharton (Hon)
5. Branden Jesseman (Kaw)
6. Wil Hahn (KTM)
7. Austin Stroupe (Kaw)
8. Matt Lemoine (Yam)
9. Matt Goerke (Suz)
10. Steven Clarke (Suz)

Team Suzuki City would like to pay special thanks to the sponsors: Suzuki City, Biloxi, MS; RG3 Biloxi; Utopia; Thermo Probe; Parts Unlimited; Two Brothers; CV4; Pirelli; Crew Wear; TCX; Cometic; VP Racing Fuels; Wiseco; Moose Racing; Suzuki Genuine Accessories; RK Excel; K&N; Works Connection; Motion Pro; Boyesen; Pro Taper; Parts Unlimited Brakes by SBS; MGX Unlimited; Hansen & Associates; Moto Master; Beau Rivage Casino & Resort

About Suzuki City: Suzuki City is a full-line Suzuki dealership based in Biloxi, Mississippi, which offers a complete line of Suzuki superbikes, sportbikes, cruisers, dual-sport bikes, motocrossers, dirt bikes, and ATVs as well as a big selection of parts, accessories, and apparel. They also offer engine and suspension services. They are also home of RG3 Biloxi, the same suspension that the team uses. Visit for more information.