MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. (June 10) – The improving GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250cc team has its eye on the podium – and more – as the AMA Pro Motocross hosts the High Point National this weekend at High Point Raceway.
Bisceglia had his third top-10 overall finish of the season in Tennessee, and he sits 10th in the 250 points standings after four races.
“This season has gone decent,” Bisceglia said. “I’ve had some good rides, but the biggest thing for me is being able to get through the first lap without tangling someone and having to come from last. The last three weekends in a row, I’ve crashed in either the first or second corner and had to come from last. If I can get through that first lap of the second moto, I’ll have a way better outcome.”
Bisceglia believes that training hard during the week puts him in a position to create his own luck, but he’d love to have some good luck in High Point.
“The last three weekends, I’ve honestly had a little bit of bad luck getting through the first couple corners,” Bisceglia said. “I was in third last weekend and fourth at Glen Helen and just got tangled with a couple riders. I feel like I’ve put myself in a good position to have good motos, but it just didn’t work out.”
Hampshire was fifth in the second moto in Tennessee for his second consecutive eight-place finish. He has been 12th or better in seven of the eight motos during the outdoors season, reaching a personal goal, but he wants more.
“I wanted to come in and score points every moto, and I’ve done that, but I feel like I have more,” Hampshire said. “We’re making improvements and going in the right direction. I feel like we’re in a good spot.”
Plus, Hampshire is feeling at home on the East Coast of the United States after the first three races of the season were held out West.
“Now, I’m back on the East Coast with my trainer and my family, and that helps out a lot,” Hampshire said. “My bike is working a lot better and I feel like we have a good setup. It’s just me getting more comfortable on the bike and getting more confident. It’ll all come around.”
Smith is getting more comfortable, too, finishing sixth or better in three of the last four motos.
“It’s been pretty good so far,” Smith said. “I’m learning a lot, and it gets better every weekend, so that’s good. I feel pretty confident with everything right now, and I hope to get better and better every weekend.”
The rookie continues to learn and has made great strides in the last two races.
“The work during the week is important, but also on the weekends, just making sure you pay attention to everything,” Smith said. “You have to try to make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice and learn from everything you do, good or bad.
“There are a lot more guys on that top-five speed level, a lot more than I expected. It’s fun to have that many guys, but it makes it a lot tougher, for sure. I feel like every week I should be right around that top-five area, and right now, with my speed and my fitness, I feel like if things go my way, I can get up on the box.”
The fourth member of the team, Christian Craig, was nearly on the podium in his first race filling in for the injured Justin Bogle. Craig was fifth overall in Denver but struggled last weekend. He’s hoping for a bounce-back race in High Point.
“I am so ready to move on to Mount Morris from last weekend,” Craig said. “Honestly, I’d like it if I could just erase that weekend in general because it bums me out; that was not me out there. (Team manager) Mike LaRocco helped me out with a training program for this week, so I’m really looking forward to bringing my hard work into this coming weekend.
“I’m back home in Minnesota, so I’m getting back to my normal schedule. I’m so appreciative to the team for supporting me through these first highs and lows since being on the team, and I’m hoping to keep building great results for the team.”
Catch the second motos live on NBCSN June 13 beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.