Words by Danny Brault
Matt Goerke can’t stop talking about Canada! Ha, I wish. Anyone who knows the 2012 Canadian MX Motocross Champ knows that he’s a man of very few words. That’s all right, Goerke’s excited to return to Canada and Canada is happy to have him back.
Goerke has yet to race in Canada after winning the MX1 championship in 2012. Since then, he’s been competing in AMA Supercross and Motocross with the BTO Sports KTM Team. So in some ways, 2015 will be Georke’s “title defense,” along with Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe, the MX1 champion in 2013, who never came back this summer to defend his title but will be returning.
Goerke has struggled with injuries in the past two seasons of supercross, breaking his index finger at Anaheim 1 in 2013, and then this past April, he suffered a badly broken elbow which required surgery. Fortunately, things healed up quickly enough for Goerke to compete in the second half of the AMA Motocross Championships.
Looking at the AMA results, Goerke remains a top-10 guy in the US (he finished 14th overall despite missing the first half) and was at times in and around Brett Metcalfe in the results. It’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive Canadian Nationals ever, and Goerke looks forward to the competition.
“It should be good, I’m excited,” says Goerke, who was taking a rest from breaking in his new YZ450F at Milestone when we spoke. “I enjoyed my time in Canada the first two times (2011 and 2012) and it sounds like a lot more guys are coming up. I think it will be good–and I hear there are more sand tracks, which is good for me .”
Goerke really wants to win another Canadian title, even if it means skipping AMA Supercross this winter.
“I don’t plan on racing supercross this year,” he says. “I’ve gotten hurt in it the last couple seasons and really want to come into the Canadian series healthy and ready. I am working on an Arenacross deal, so it would just be that and then the Canadian Nationals.”
Originally from Florida, Goerke lives, rides and trains in California. This week has been the first ride on his new Rockstar Yamaha 450, and so far, so good. “I really like the bike. It’s not a full-on race bike, but Factory Connection prepared the suspension. I started talking to OTSFF about a month ago, then went to their race shop and got a good look at their program. I like it and happy to be on the team.”
Goerke and the OTSFF team will get a head start on how he and his new Yamaha work in real world racing conditions when Goerke lines up at the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday October 18th in Las Vegas.