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Local Hero Bisceglia Brings Powerful GEICO Honda Team To Washougal MX
Posted by: newsla on Jul 23, 2014 - 06:56 AM
Local Hero Bisceglia Brings Powerful GEICO Honda Team To Washougal MX

When Matt Bisceglia was a boy growing up in the Portland suburb of Tualatin, Ore., he spent the majority of his weekends learning how to ride a motocross bike at the famed Washougal track just over the state line in southern Washington. He would often dream of the day when he'd return there as a professional rider competing for one of the top teams in the sport.


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This Saturday during the Motosport Washougal National, the 19-year-old rising star will get his wish when he returns home as part of the powerful GEICO Honda race team.

Matt Bisceglia

"I finally get to race at my hometown track," Bisceglia said. "I practically grew up at Washougal. We'd race there every weekend when I was a little kid. It was always a blast, camping out over there and just running up and down those hills from dawn to dusk. I know every inch of that track, and hopefully I can turn that local knowledge into a podium finish this weekend.

"There's a bunch of crazy friends of mine that are coming out to support the team, and I'm sure lots of my relatives will be there also. Everyone still lives in that area. My people probably won't be hard to find. They'll be making lots of noise."

Bisceglia is 15th in the current points rankings, not bad considering he missed two of the eight races so far due to injury. He's hoping his MX season will finish just like his Supercross campaign did -- on an uptick.

"I have the speed and the fitness to do this and I'm fully recovered from my injury, so this could be the weekend to get up on the podium again," Bisceglia said. "It would be beyond anything I could describe to be up there at Washougal at the end of the day. It truly would be a dream come true, and I plan on fighting hard to make it happen."

Joining Bisceglia in the renowned clay trenches of Washougal will be teammates Justin Bogle and Zach Bell. Bogle, the reigning 250SX East champion, has two overall podium finishes this outdoor season and is ranked sixth in the points, just six markers behind fourth-place rider Christophe Pourcel.

"Washougal is one of my favorite tracks," said Bogle, who hails from Cushing, Okla. "I've done well there pretty much every time I've been. Even when I've had rough years, I seem to be able to turn it around at Washougal.

"The track suits my style a little bit better than most places. I love the clay and I like the uphill and downhill sections. There's a premium on getting out front and having clear track because it can be technical and it's important to have good vision. That's a little more my style. Plus, I really like it up there. It's beautiful country."

Washougal is foreign country to Southern boy Bell, who lives in Cairo, Ga., but the diminutive rider says he won't be changing his game plan in the Northwest.

"I wanna have a fun weekend and stay out of trouble, which is what I've been saying every race this outdoor season," said Bell, who is ranked 13th overall. "If I can get good starts, like I have many times this year, and ride the bike the way I know how to ride, then we'll get the results we want. I've had a few rough weekends but with the season down to four races, I'm looking forward to putting it up front a little more and mixing it up with the top guys."

The first moto will be shown live on MAVTV from 1-3 p.m. PT, Saturday. The second moto will air live on NBCSN from 3-5 p.m. PT, Saturday.

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