Anaheim, CA (Jan.6) – The BTO Sports – KTM team headed in to the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series at Anaheim ready for the competition. Team riders Matt Goerke and Les Smith would be all business as the gate dropped Saturday night.
Matt Goerke came in to round one with confidence and it showed as he put down a respectable 17th place in qualifying. He was all business in his heat race as his Pirelli tires helped him to a great start, running up front for most of the heat. He would secure a spot in the main event with a 5th place finish. As the gate dropped for the main event, Matt rode strong, battling with Kevin Windham and Josh Grant for most of the race. As the checkered flag flew, Matt would finish the night in 12th place.
Les Smith didn’t have the night he was hoping for. Filling in for BTO Sports – KTM team rider Michael Byrne as he prepares to come back to racing, Les would use the power of his FMF Exhaust system to rocket out of the gate in his heat race. He would go down a few laps later while running inside the top ten. In the LCQ, he would go down again and not make the main. A rough night for Les, but look for him to bounce back at next weekend’s round at Phoenix.
“I’m very happy with Matt’s performance tonight. He rode strong all night and this is a great start to the season.” said team manager Forrest Butler.
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