The leader of this young team is 22-year-old Matt Goerke, who is a multi-time amateur national motocross champion hailing from Lake Helen, Florida. Goerke made his professional debut in the summer of 2004 and has shown steady improvement ever since. He’s coming off of a very strong season where he raced with the MDK KTM team, earning #34 for the 2009 season. Goerke will contest the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Series aboard the #34 RM-Z250, a bike he’s very excited to race. “I love the Suzuki,” says Matt, who dropped 12 pounds in the off-season in preparation of competing aboard the Lites bike. “It handles so good. I never rode a bike that handles this good and I feel that I’m riding well on it. I plan on being up front and on the podium, a lot.”Vitals
D.O.B.: May 1, 1986
Residence: Lake Helen, Florida
Number: 34Steven Clarke
The other and younger half of the Suzuki City team is rookie Steven Clarke, who will be making his professional debut in AMA Supercross this weekend in Houston. Born in West Midlands, England, Clarke has been traveling back and forth to the United States for the past several years, gaining valuable experience on the ultra-competitive U.S. amateur motocross circuit. The 18-year-old bases himself out of the infamous Millsaps Training Facility in Cairo, Georgia, and has been rigorously training and testing for the Houston opener. “Supercross has always been a big goal for me,” admits Clarke, who will be wearing #77. “I’ve been working hard at being a supercross rider; I’ve always liked the jumps and the whoops, so we’ll see how it goes.” Clarke is also very confident in his team and equipment. “I think Suzuki City is a great team and we got some factory backing this year and if Michael [Nasakaitis] keeps pushing at it this team will go a really long way,” he continues. “Cody Cooper had a great season last year and hopefully this year I’m going to put in a good year to help push Suzuki City that much farther.”Vitals
D.O.B.: July 7, 1990
Residence: Cairo, GA
Number: 77About 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.