TOOELE, Utah (Aug. 11) – With just two races and four motos left in the 2015 season, GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250 riders Matt Bisceglia, R.J. Hampshire, Christian Craig and Jordon Smith are looking to lock up top-10 finishes in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship rankings.
As it stands heading into this Saturday’s Zions Bank Utah National at Miller Motorsports Park, Bisceglia and Hampshire anchor the top 10 in slots nine and 10, respectively. The duo is separated by just six points. Close behind in 11th place is Craig, who is six points behind Hampshire, followed by Smith, who is tied for 13th place and just six more points behind Craig.
“It’s really bunched up in the middle of the field there,” Bisceglia said. “I really want to move up and open up another spot for one of my teammates. I just need to ride hard and keep pushing.
“I’m really excited to go back to Utah. I missed this race last year due to an injury, so it’s been two years since I’ve been on that track. I’m looking forward to having two good motos and having some fun out there.”
“I’m excited for Utah this weekend,” Hampshire said. “I feel like we have the speed to do something now and we showed that the last few times out. I just have to put a whole weekend together. The elevation at this track kind of messed me up last year, but I feel like my fitness is a lot better this time around, so it should be good. I want to have my best two races of the year to finish out the season.”
Craig joined the team in Denver, missing the first two races of the outdoor season and scored zero points in both Tennessee and Minnesota, but he has managed to ride well enough in the other six races to be challenging for a top-10 berth.
“I’m looking forward to redeeming myself after last weekend,” said Craig, who went 5-10 in New York. “I know I didn’t end up that bad with a seventh-place overall finish, but I know I’m capable of so much more at this point in the season.
“I’ve actually never been to the Utah National before, so I’m looking forward to a new track. No matter where we race, I definitely want to be back on the podium this weekend.”
As he continues to work on his setup, Smith says his Honda is better suited to the way he rides now than it’s been all year.
“I have made some really good improvements on my bike and I think it has improved my speed a lot,” Smith said. “We have some more testing to get done this week, and then hopefully that will allow me to get on the podium this weekend.”
Catch the second motos Aug. 15 on NBCSN at 11:00 p.m. ET.