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Matt Bisceglia: Wild Night in NYC!

| 28 April 2014 5:12 pm
Matt Bisceglia.

Matt Bisceglia.

Rider Interview: Matthew Bisceglia
MetLife Stadium

Interview by Don Schneider
Photos courtesy of Matt Bisceglia
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, APR. 26, 2014

This interview took place just after 2013 AMA Horizon Rookie Of The Year Award winner Matt Bisceglia scored a career-best fourth-place finish at round 16 of the Monster Energy Supercross Series.

First things first: Matt Bisceglia, congratulations on an American Motorcyclist Association Professional Supercross 250F career-best fourth-place main-event finish while competing in round eight of the Eastern Region 2014 Monster Energy Supercross in New Rutherford, New Jersey! Can you tell us briefly what you remember about your experience of that main event on April 26, 2014?
It was an awesome race, for sure! I came off to a great start and was in second for about the first three laps. I finally got really close to [James] Decotis and was able to make a move! After that, I led for about four laps. Then got passed by Justin [Bogle]. I was in second, right behind him, and came into a right corner and stalled my bike. After that, I was in fifth. I got around Alex Martin [and] into fourth but couldn’t quite catch Vince Friese for third. I was disappointed with the finish, but I was pleased with how I rode. I ended up setting the fastest lap of the race the lap after I got into the lead, so that was great for my confidence going into the finale next weekend!

Who has helped you attain this stardom – your family, friends, and current sponsors?
My family [Don and Joni Bisceglia] has been a huge part of it every step of the way. My dad still travels to the races with me and is always there for me when I need him. I have had so many sponsors throughout my amateur career. GEICO Honda is a huge part also! I am on the best team, and it’s such an amazing group of people!

Is this the first time you have led a Pro Supercross main event?
This was my first time leading a main event. I really wanted to win, but I just need a little bit more! I am improving every weekend, so I am happy with my progress.

We have watched you make all eight main events this season; that is a huge step. You have made the main-event transfers in five heat races and have won three last-chance qualifiers in this, your rookie season. That has to feel awesome, racing in front of Fox Sports television and the thousands of Supercross fans in attendance.
It feels good, yes. Anytime I have to go to an LCQ, I’m not very happy about it, but it’s all part of learning, and you have to put yourself in good situations to avoid that. I have had a little bad luck with first-turn crashes that have put me in those LCQs, but I feel like I’m figuring my starts out more every weekend!

Matt Bisceglia negotiates a corner.

Matt Bisceglia negotiates a corner.

Next weekend is the largest Supercross of the year, the finals in Las Vegas. What will you be focusing on this week to prepare, and since the track will have different soil there and most likely the conditions will be 100-percent different, what kind of suspension set-up changes is your mechanic and team considering?
This week, I will just ride a dry track in preparation for Las Vegas. No suspension changes at all. Being in So Cal will be good practice for this race, so I am excited coming in!

Since that race will pit the best of the Eastern Region against the best in the Western Region, there will be many other riders with big-time talent looking to show the world who is number one. Can you win it all? What is your prediction for the top five in the 250SX main in Las Vegas?
It will be cool to get all the 250s together. It’s such a deep and competitive class, for sure! The top of us [from the Eastern Region] are fast, [and] the top West guys are absolutely ripping! So it’s gonna take a good start and some raw speed and aggression to win that!

What is your goal for the Outdoor Motocross Nationals? What events are you most looking forward to – like maybe Washington State, where you grew up racing with your dad and mom, and Texas, where you moved to back a few years ago…?
I am excited for the Nationals! My goal is to be a consistent top-five rider. I am really looking forward to Washougal. I have a lot of friends and family that’ll be there.

Oops – Fox Sports TV accidentally identified Matt as Michael…

Oops – Fox Sports TV accidentally identified Matt as Michael…

Matt stopped at Starbucks and even they called Matt “Michael”… because Fox Sport s1 did!

Matt stopped at Starbucks and even they called Matt “Michael”… because Fox Sports 1 did!

We have noticed that the announcers have been making a few mistakes this year with your last name, and even the television people made a huge mistake. Can you do us a favor and tell us how to pronounce your first and last name?
It’s Matt Bisceglia, pronounced “Beh- shell-lia.”

Who are your three of your motocross heroes, and why?
R.C. [Ricky Carmichael], for sure. He was the hardest-working guy and always just made it happen! R.V. [Ryan Villopoto], for the same reason: He always puts himself in a winning position. And my team manager, Mike LaRocco.

What are your three favorite memories and finishes in your Amateur career?
My three most memorable Amateur finishes are my last three years at Loretta Lynn’s. I went undefeated and won all my classes my last three years!

Matt Bisceglia (96) on his way to a fourth-place finish at the New Jersey Supercross round.

Matt Bisceglia (96) on his way to a fourth-place finish at the New Jersey Supercross round.

Thank you, Matt, for your time. Is there anything you would like to add?
Wild night in NYC! Made a lot of progress and led some laps. Made a mistake on about the eighth lap and stalled my bike and got shuffled back to fifth, but happy with how I rode and the progress I made! Huge thanks to everyone in my circle: @fchonda, @fcsuspension, @mxwrench96, @johnnylouch, @johnyd28, @aliasmx, @6dhelmets, @alpinestars, and @ride100percent! Really looking forward to Vegas now!

[For more from round 16 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, please see “Villopoto Clinches It in Jersey!” by Don Schneider… Editor]

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