Last week at Glen Helen, we were greeted by Mad Racing/Dirt Candy/Suzuki’s Matt Bisceglia, as he and the rest of the team prepped for the rapidly approaching Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Some may remember Bisceglia’s 2015 outdoor season thanks to his seven top ten finishes and two top fives, but the momentum that he gained at the ladder half of the year began to disappear as the 2016 250 East Coast Supercross championship went on. Although Bisceglia’s season was forgettable-thanks to multiple injuries-there was one flash of brilliance and it came in Toronto where the Dirt Candy rider finished third in the main event. Bisceglia is looking for redemption, but most importantly he’s preparing to pick up right where he left off last year, as the season opener is just days away.
The Supercross season is now over and you guys are preparing for round one of the outdoor nationals, now. What are your thoughts reflecting back on your Supercross season?
Honestly, I just had a really bad Supercross season. I struggled a lot, but it is what it is. 2016 is definitely a Supercross season that I would like to forget about because it was just a tough one for me. I was, in a sense, over Supercross ever since my second injury took place in February. I knew mentally that I wasn’t ready for the season because I was already having to play catch up before it even began. The season just went by so fast, and like I said I was over it. It’s definitely unfortunate to have that on my resume now, but it is what it is and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next. Heading into outdoors I’m really excited. It’s the start of a new season and I definitely feel like I’m going to be much more prepared for outdoors. The nationals are more of my thing then Supercross is, and I’m excited for it. I’m really looking forward to having a good season.
Have you been looking forward to outdoors for a while now? It’s a chance for everyone to start fresh especially since this Supercross season is one you’d like to forget about.
Yeah, absolutely. I have been looking forward to outdoors for a while, now. Probably since the first few rounds of Supercross, actually. I’ve had plenty of time to prepare for outdoors, plus I was able to end last year’s season on a high note. Hangtown starts up in a few days and I can’t wait for the season to begin.
Like you said, you really got the ball rolling at the end of the 2015 outdoor season, so are you looking to pick up where you left off last year?
Yeah, definitely. Outdoors is about seeing who can handle the suffering during those 30 minute motos. It’s a brutal time of the year, but I’m ready for it and I think it’s going to be fun. Frankly, I feel like I’m geared more toward’s outdoor racing then indoor racing, so I’m excited for it.
As you well know, motocross racers come from that outdoor style of riding rather than Supercross, so the transition to outdoors has to be a little easier for you, right?
Yeah, exactly. Everybody grows up riding motocross and not Supercross, and that may be why I feel like I’m more of an outdoor rider.
You signed with the Mad Racing/Dirt Candy/Suzuki team this year, which ultimately meant a new bike and new team. Since we’re halfway through the year now, how have you and the new bike and team been gelling?
It’s going great and everything is really coming along. The team has done so much and the bike has come so far since we started six months ago. Like I said, everything is coming along great and everything is getting better week by week. Everybody that’s been working on the bike has made a lot of good progress with it, and by the end of the year it’s going to be that much better. And for next year, we’re going to have really good stuff. Everything is going to get better. The suspension is coming along great and our engines are getting a lot faster.
Do you have any personal goals to achieve for the rest of the year? Maybe something you’ve implemented for yourself since this Supercross season ended?
Yeah, I really do want to pick up where I left off last year, and I think it would be great for the team if I was consistently inside the top 10. That’s really where I want to be and since I’ve ridden outdoors the last two years I know what it’s going to take and I know what’s going to have to go down. Im ready!