LAS VEGAS (April 29) – The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250cc team will have a different look for the Monster Energy Supercross East/West Shootout this Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium, as West Series racers Matt Bisceglia and Malcolm Stewart join East Series teammate R.J. Hampshire in Vegas.
All three racers will be going all out for a victory in the final Supercross race of the season – the East and West Series schedules are completed.
“There are no points, so maybe that’ll take a little bit of the pressure off,” Bisceglia said. “I’m just excited for it. I kinda want to get some revenge after last year’s Shootout. I was second on the first lap and came together with another rider, so I want to get another good start and be up there.”
Bisceglia finished 12th in the West points standings, recording eighth-place finishes in his final two races. He has been getting ready for the Motocross season since his race in Santa Clara, Calif., two weeks ago, but Bisceglia is pumped for one more Supercross event.
“I’m excited for it,” Bisceglia said. “I’ve done a lot of Motocross testing the last couple weeks since I haven’t been racing, but I’m definitely excited to wrap up the Supercross season and go out with a bang.
“I’m just going to go out and race my bike as hard and as best I can, no matter who’s lined up next to me or who’s under the tent with me. It’s going to be cool racing with R.J. He’s had some success on the East Coast, and I’m excited for the Shootout. It’ll be fun.”
Stewart finished seventh in the West Series standings, winning in Oakland, Calif., and scoring podium finishes in Phoenix and Houston. He’d love to win another Supercross race, but the goal is to have a good time in Las Vegas.
“A good weekend would be to go out with a win,” Stewart said. “The reality is this is going to be more like a fun weekend because there are no points. It’ll be fun to ride against the East guys, and Vegas is always one of those fun races where you just kick back and have fun.
“Everybody ends up riding better than what they are because there’s no pressure. That’s the cool part about this weekend.”
Hampshire is coming off a fifth-place finish in the East points standings and in the race at East Rutherford, N.J., last weekend. Plus, Hampshire won in Las Vegas the last time he competed there, taking the Amateur All-Star race at the 2013 Monster Energy Cup.
“I’m excited,” Hampshire said. “It’s a cool atmosphere, and it should be a good time. I’ve raced there before, but it’s a whole new thing for me this time. It’s been a great learning season for me. I’ll try to learn as much as I can this weekend and go out and have some fun. I’ll go out there and go for it and then go get ready for outdoors.”
Justin Bogle, the 2014 East Series Supercross champion, will not race in the East/West Shootout this weekend, preparing for the Motocross opener in mid-May.