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A few days ago at Pala Raceway, before the news was official about his fill-in deal, we happened to see Matt Bisceglia riding aboard an RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki RM-Z450. Matt had been preparing for his comeback to racing after suffering an ankle injury, later followed by a broken leg, but there wasn't any word on when and where we'd see him. Then, when Broc Tickle suffered a shoulder injury while racing at RedBud, many were wondering if anyone would step in to ride the bike. With Bisceglia healthy and preparing to race, and with his solid top ten results on a 450 the prior year, picking him made sense for everyone involved. Despite the fact that the news of his fill-in ride wasn't official yet, he was able to provide us with an interview about the deal and his return to racing, which we can now pass on to you.

You've been off the bike for a while now, but before that, you were on a 250. Now you're coming back on a 450, how did this deal come together for you?
It's been a tough start to the year being injured and everything. It's been a mission for me just to get back to the races. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago Broc got hurt and they needed a guy to ride his bike for the rest of the season. Things worked out for everybody involved for me to ride the bike and I was already out here in California. I had ridden a 450 last year, and like I said it just worked out well for everybody. It was an easy decision to say yes and I'm very thankful for the opportunity.

Last year when you rode the 450 you put in some good results. Do you feel like riding the same bike and having experience will help you with your racing this summer?
Yeah definitely, I know what to expect. It's going to be tough though. I haven't raced all year so I know the race pace is going to be gnarly, but wherever I'm at, I'll just be happy to be back on the track.

How has your recovery been going?
Well, I've had a couple recoveries this year, but every one of them has gone well so far. I still have a few areas that are painful, but besides that I'm strong and I'm feeling good on the bike. I'm ready to go for this weekend.

Are you excited to be riding a 450?
I definitely am. Regardless of what I'm riding, I'm excited to be back, but I'm happy to have this opportunity to finish out the year on a 450.

What does your training program look like here in California?
I've been doing a lot of cycling and hitting the gym. It's a day-by-day process and we're putting in the work.

Was there any decision on training here in California versus training somewhere like the East Coast?
I would like to go home, but I haven't been able to the last couple of years. I'm lucky to have a job that allows me to do what I love and if that requires me to be out here in California more often than that's what I'll do. It'd be awesome to go back home at some point though.

What are you hoping to achieve in the outdoors?
I just want to go have fun and race my dirt bike. If I go do that then the results will follow.

Any tracks you're looking forward to riding the most?
I love Budds Creek and Ironman. They're all good. I'm looking forward to Washougal though because that's my home race since I'm from Oregon. I'm just excited to be back.