Biloxi, MS – The eighth and final round of the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Series took riders to a new stop on the AMA Supercross tour—Jacksonville, Florida’s Municipal Stadium. Both of the Suzuki City Lites team riders were able to qualify and finish in the top 10 in both the results and the overall championship series.
I had a solid championship. I was a little up and down, but I made every main event, which was a goal in itself for me in my first year. It went, um, good. I’m going to leave it at good. It didn’t go spectacular; spectacular would’ve been top five, and it didn’t go great, because I was up into sixth in the championship, but then I tore my knee up and I fractured my ankle in Toronto, which nobody knows about. So I just wanted to finish out the season and see what I could come away with.
Michael Nasakaitis, Team Manager:
I am very pleased with how the season went overall. Considering all that happened with Suzuki, the economy, and some of our bigger sponsors, we shouldn't have even been out there. We had some really strong bikes, and the guys rode great. Steven Clarke was fighting a knee injury that kept him in pain throughout the entire series. So that combined with it being his first season on SX, I am pumped. Matt Goerke put in some really great rides, and stayed healthy as we head into the outdoors. He can't wait to get on the 450.
The team is extremely pleased to have finished every weekend in the top ten. That was a challenge for a lot of teams this year. We want to thank our sponsors for supporting us. Suzuki City really stepped up when a lot of our sponsors pulled back. If it weren’t for them, we would have been spectating. Same for the upcoming outdoor season, they have committed a lot to us.
We are still pursuing sponsorship for the outdoor series if anyone is interested you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to personally thank our sponsors, crew, and fans.
The next stop for the Suzuki City team is the opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway on May 23, 2009. For more information on the team, visit www.suzukionly.com.
Matt Goerke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #34
9th Place – Jacksonville Supercross
8th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Steven Clarke, Suzuki City RM-Z250, #77
10th Place – Jacksonville Supercross
10th Place – (tied) Overall Championship Points Standings
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Jacksonville
- Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
- Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM
- Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki
- Darryn Durham, Wildomar, Texas, Yamaha
- Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
- Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
- Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki
- Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, Yamaha
- Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki
- Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 181
2. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Kawasaki, 148
3. Nico Izzi, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 119
4. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 118
5. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 105
6. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, KTM, 105
7. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, Texas, 95
8. Matthew Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Suzuki, 94
9. Daniel Blair, Modesto, Calif., Honda, 85
10. Steven Clarke, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 82
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.