The finish was bittersweet, though, as the other half of the team, Matt Goerke, failed to make the main event after crashing in both his Heat and Last Chance Qualifier, dropping him to 12th in the point standings. However, Clarke’s fifth-place moved the rookie into a tie for sixth-overall with five rounds remaining.
Seconds after the gate dropped for the AMA Supercross Lites main event, all hell broke loose as a huge pile-up forced the AMA to red flag the race to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Suzuki City’s Clarke was unfortunately involved in the melee. “I lost my front number-plate in the crash, but it made my bike lighter which helped me get a better start the next time around,” Clarke joked after the race.
“The main event went good,” he continued. “I got a good start and I stayed with [Austin] Stroupe and [Christophe] Pourcel for a few laps, but my knee has been killing me lately, so I haven’t been practicing during the week, so that held me back after a few laps. I had to back off and just ride the race and ended up with a fifth. If my knee wasn’t hurt, I feel I could’ve run up front for the whole race because I felt really comfortable at that pace.
“I’m going to the hospital to get an MRI then I’ll go from there,” he says, adding, “I’ll definitely finish out the season, though. I’m riding through the pain. It’s nothing that’s going to stop me from racing, especially at Daytona. I’ve grown up riding sand, so I’m really looking forward to the Daytona SX this weekend.”
The next stop for the Suzuki City team is the Daytona Supercross on March 7, 2009.
Steven Clarke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #77
5th Place – Indianapolis Supercross
6th Place (tied) – Overall Championship Points Standings Matt Goerke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #34
12th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Indianapolis
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 www.suzukionly.com for more information.