Matt Goerke Press Release

As announced by Yamaha Motor Corp. last week, Lake Helen, Florida’s Matt Goerke’s recent success in the 2009 Lucas Oil’s AMA Pro Motocross Series has drawn the attention of the factory team managers, and Matt has signed on to fill in for the injured factory Yamaha rider, Josh Hill, for the next two rounds.  Yamaha retains the option to finish the series final two rounds with Goerke under the factory tent.

Riding the #34 RMZ450 of the Suzuki City privateer team, Goerke has pushed his way into the top ten numerous times this season, highlighted by two top-five moto finishes and earning the AMA Hard Charger Award in first moto – going from 37th to 9th by the end of the moto. 

“First of all, of course I’m extremely excited about getting the opportunity to ride for a factory team” said Goerke about getting the chance to compete on factory Yamaha equipment.  “But I couldn’t have gotten here without the fantastic support I’ve gotten from Mike Nasakaitis and all the guys at Suzuki City.  They’ve worked really hard to put me on the best equipment possible, and we’ve managed to put together a package that has allowed me to run near the front of the pack all season.  I really owe a lot to them, because I wouldn’t be getting this opportunity if they hadn’t been there for me.”

“Also, my family has really sacrificed everything they could to get me to where I’m at, and I’m lucky to have them support me the way they have.  I can’t thank them enough, except to make sure that I do what I need to do to make the most of this opportunity” continued Goerke.  “I know I’ve got the speed and talent to make it to the top, and I can’t wait to show what I’m capable of on the best equipment in the sport.”

Goerke made his Pro debut in the summer of 2004, after a stellar amateur career that saw him claim 26 Amateur National Championships, including two overall titles and 11 moto wins at Loretta Lynn’s.