On July 16th, ALiAS hosted a Ride Day at Thornwood MX in Upstate New York. There were free hotdogs, raffles, tons of roost throwing, and lots fun. Martin Matt Photography hooked us up with this killer video of what went down! Check it out!
Goerke claims overall win at Deschambault in MX1 – Maffenbeier second overall in MX2
(Vaughan, ON – July 27, 2015) Matt Goerke and Shawn Maffenbeier were on top of their game at Round 7 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Deschambault, QC on Sunday. Goerke, with hard fought for 2-1 moto finishes, grabbed the overall win, extending his lead in the MX1 title hunt to 22 points. Maffenbeier recorded second overall in MX2 on the strength of 5-2 results. It was Maffenbeier’s second consecutive second overall finish; he currently sits fourth on the MX2 points scoreboard.
Although some rain fell on Deschambault in the morning during qualifiers, the track, Motocross Deschambault, held up nicely all day and by early afternoon sunshine had replaced the grey skies. With temperatures that reached a high of only 23°C, it was perfect racing weather compared to a week ago at a hot and humid Sand Del Lee in Ontario.
MX1 Results: 1. Matt Goerke (2-1); 2. Brett Metcalfe (3-2); 3. Colton Facciotti (1-5); 4. Cole Thompson (4-3); 5. Tyler Medaglia (5-4); 6. Bobby Kiniry (6-6)
GEICO Honda’s Christian Craig scores fourth-place finish at Washougal mudder
WASHOUGAL, Wash. (July 25) — It was a tough “mudder” for the GEICO Honda 250cc team at the Washougal National on Saturday at Washougal MX Park.
Christian Craig led the GEICO Honda team and was just shy of stepping onto the podium with a fourth-place overall finish on a wet, muddy Washougal racetrack. He pulled the holeshot in the first moto before finishing fourth and then rode strong in the second moto with a fifth, which gave him fourth overall.
“The weekend was good especially,” said Craig, who bounced back from a tough weekend in Spring Creek. “After what happened last week I was worried I wasn’t going to make it, but luckily the shoulder ended up feeling good and back to normal. I felt good in practice even though the times didn’t show. I focused on my start, and that’s when I pulled the holeshot in the first moto. I led for a couple laps and then pulled away. I was on the verge of a moto win or at least a podium.”
With all the rainfall beginning early in the first moto the track quickly became muddy and slick, making it difficult for the riders to stay on their bikes.
“I ended up tipping over by myself, and I’m really frustrated with myself and that stupid mistake but it was really muddy out there,” Craig said. “I rebounded with a fourth-place finish, so that was really good.
“Second moto I wanted to do the same thing but lead more laps. I couldn’t quite get the holeshot and ended up mid-pack. I did make my way up to fifth and pretty much stayed there the whole moto. I think this is my third fourth-place finish overall, so I think I’m on the verge of an overall podium here soon. I just have to put a little more into my starts and I should be good.”
Rookie R.J. Hampshire finished the day 12th overall and was happy to leave Washougal with some decent points.
“I had a tough day in the mud again,” Hampshire said. “I had a rough start the first moto and went down a couple times and ended up 10th, so that was decent and I salvaged some points.
“The second moto I had a good start. (Marvin) Musquin swapped out in front of me, so I had to go off the track and was dead last. I came back to 19th and crashed again but ended up 15th, so we salvaged some points this weekend. It could have been worse, it could have been better. I’ll head to Unadilla now and hope to start fresh there.”
Matt Bisceglia was happy to see some familiar faces racing at the track he calls home. He struggled with a rare engine failure in the first moto but managed to finish in the top 10 in the second, giving him a 15th-place finish overall.
“It was a decent day and I definitely had fun coming home to Washougal,” Bisceglia said. “It was great to see some many people I know up here and at a track I grew up riding as a kid. First moto was a mess after it drizzled and rained all morning. I made a mistake and crashed in the first moto and then I had an engine failure, so that was kind of a bummer. My mechanics definitely work so hard to avoid that but I just had that engine failure; it was the first one of the year for the whole team, so I can’t complain.
“I had a good start in the second moto and was riding sixth. Another rider and I came together in the whoops and I almost went down but didn’t and ended back in 10, which is where I ended up finishing. I was happy to at least bounce back in the second moto and finish in the top 10. I definitely want more. I am going to use this off weekend smart and head to Unadilla swinging.”
With a great start to the day, rookie Jordon Smith rode well to qualify third, but the mud ended up getting the better of him in the motos. He finished 18th overall.
“My day started off really good,” Smith said. “The first practice I qualified third, which was my best qualifying of the year. From there on it went downhill. The rain came and in the first moto I fell a lot and got really muddy. It was just a bad moto for me and I finished 28th.
“The second moto was a little better. I ended up 14th but that’s definitely not what we wanted today. It was a tough day overall, so I’m ready for the break and to come back and finish out the season strong.”
MILLVILLE, Minn. – PR (July 18) — GEICO Honda 250cc rookie riders Jordon Smith and R.J. Hampshire matched their career-best, single-moto finishes during the Spring Creek National on Saturday at Spring Creek MX Park.
Smith finished fifth in the second moto and was the top overall rider for the team in seventh place. Hampshire got the holeshot and finished fifth in the first moto.
Hampshire ended up ninth overall, with Matt Bisceglia 11th. Christian Craig, the team’s hottest rider with three consecutive top-eight finishes, crashed in the first moto, banged up his shoulder, and was unable to finish.
Smith also finished fifth in the second moto in Denver and posted his second career top-10 finish.
“Some bad luck in the first moto: Christian and I got together on the first lap, and I ripped my whole brake pedal off,” Smith said. “I had no rear brakes from the first lap of the first moto and just stayed in 12th pretty much the whole moto.”
The brakes were fixed for the second moto, and Smith raced with the top riders the entire moto.
“I had a pretty good start and was running right up there with the front guys,” Smith said. “I was right behind (Joey) Savatgy and (Marvin) Musquin. They pulled away a little bit, and then I caught them some at the end. It was a good day overall. Definitely moving in the right direction.”
The ninth-place overall was Hampshire’s third-best of the season, and the fifth in the first moto matched the fifth he had in Tennessee. He now has four top-10s in eight races.
“I just can’t seem to put two motos together,” Hampshire said. “It seems like it’s been like that the whole season. The first moto, I pulled a holeshot and rode pretty well and ended up fifth. The second moto, I didn’t get that good of a start and then kinda lost my rear brakes and made a couple mistakes. I went down a couple times and ended up 5-12. Another top-10, but I still want more.”
Bisceglia was gunning for his fifth top-10 but just missed, finishing 10-11 in the two motos. A hot, humid day nearly got the best of him in Spring Creek.
“Up and down weekend,” Bisceglia said. “I had a really nasty crash in the first practice and didn’t get a good lap in. We got the bike fixed and had a good second practice, and then in both motos, I rode well the first half. But it was pretty warm and really, really humid here today. I feel like my conditioning is good, but the one thing that’s hindered me over the outdoors has been the heat. It’s kind of frustrating.”
Craig, obviously, was frustrated as well. He finished on the podium in the most recent moto, in RedBud, but a tangle with another rider in the first moto sent him to the ground.
“Just had a bad day,” Craig said. “I felt good going into practice and had a good qualifying time, so I went into the first moto feeling really good and really confident. I wanted to be back on that podium where I belong.”
But as he came off a jump, he and another rider collided, sending Craig off the bike.
“I felt my shoulder pop, and from there on it bothered me the rest of the day,” Craig said. “I tried to go back out for the second moto and made my way through the pack, but around Lap 5 or 6, my shoulder started feeling weak, and I couldn’t hang on anymore. I didn’t want to put myself in danger and make it worse.”
Craig said he would be back for the Washougal National next Saturday at Washougal MX Park in Washington state.
Posted In: Jordon Smith, Matt Bisceglia, News, RJ Hampshire, Team
13 Jul, 2015
Matt Goerke rules Gopher Dunes with a clean sweep in MX1
PR-(Vaughan, ON – July 13, 2015) It was another stellar weekend for Matt Goerke at Round 5 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan, which were held on Sunday at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, ON. Goerke, MX1 points leader since Round 3 of the title hunt, clinched his first overall win of the season on the strength of an impressive clean sweep.
Goerke, MX1 points leader since Round 3 of the title hunt, clinched his first overall win of the season on the strength of an impressive clean sweep. The Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha ace, who had recorded the fastest qualifying time earlier in the day, stood head and shoulders above the competition on what is considered the toughest and most demanding track on the nationals circuit.
GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig snares first podium finish
BUCHANAN, Mich. (July 4) — GEICO Honda rider Christian Craig celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with his first career podium finish at the Red Bull RedBud National Pro Motocross race on Saturday at RedBud MX.
Craig was third in the second moto Saturday and ended up with a fourth-place overall.
“That’s my first ever podium and that’s what I’ve been working for,” Craig said. “I believe I can be up there. That is my goal, to be on the podium. I’m looking for an overall podium at the next race. I missed it by one spot here, but I’m still happy about my podium in the second moto. My bike was awesome today.”
Craig didn’t make the best start in the first moto but moved his way into the top five and was running fifth until he was passed on the final lap.
“Sixth place, not bummed about it but not too happy,” Craig said. “I wanted to be a little more up front.”
That’s where he was in the second moto.
“I focused on my start and ended up pulling the holeshot and running up front for 15 minutes,” Craig said. “The guys caught me, Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin. Cooper got me at about 18 minutes, and I tried to stay with him and he ended up going down. Jeremy got me, and then with two laps to go Zach Osborne got me.”
Joining Craig in the top 10 was rookie R.J. Hampshire, who broke out of a mini slump with a 10th-place overall finish, going 14-8 in the motos.
“It was a new track for me, so I was feeling it out a little bit in practice,” Hampshire said. “I was in the top 10, went down, and was pretty far back, but I made my way back to 14th. Not too bad but I definitely wanted more.
“Second moto, I didn’t get such a good start, but I felt good, probably the best I felt all season. I worked my way up to eighth and felt like I had a good pace. It was a decent day and broke my streak of non-top 10s, so it’s good to get back in it, but I want more.”
So does Matt Bisceglia, who finished 11th overall, rebounding with a seventh in the second moto after a 17th in the first.
“I was in third on the first lap but slid out,” Bisceglia said. “I tried to pick my bike up but got hit from behind by a couple riders and ended up dropping my bike and going down again. It was a sketchy situation, but I came from dead last back to 17th. I wasn’t too pumped about the finish but I rode well.”
He rode well in the second moto, too, running with the top riders the entire moto.
“I was way up in the top five for the first 10 or 15 minutes but got passed by a couple riders,” Bisceglia said. “I pulled up on (Marvin) Musquin with about three laps to go and was almost able to get around him. I ended up seventh.”
Rookie Jordon Smith posted his best first-moto finish in four races, resulting in a 13th-place overall finish.
“The day was pretty good,” Smith said. “I had my best first moto since Colorado, so that was good. Second moto, I got a better start but ended up falling on the first lap. I think I was 35th on the first lap but came back to 14th, so I salvaged some points there.
“Overall I’m feeling better on the bike every weekend and am feeling pretty good.”
Posted In: Jordon Smith, Matt Bisceglia, News, RJ Hampshire, Team
29 Jun, 2015
GEICO Honda team survives Budds Creek ‘mudder’
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (June 27) — The GEICO Honda 250cc team persevered through a “mudder” at the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National on Saturday at Budds Creek Motocross Park, with Christian Craig, Matt Bisceglia, and Jordon Smith all finishing in the top 11 overall.
Rain turned Budds Creek into a giant mud pit for the Pro Motocross riders, but Craig had a fifth-place finish in the first moto and Bisceglia a fourth in the second. Craig was 10th in the second moto for a seventh-place overall finish, his third top-10 in his four races of 2015.
“I’m not really a mud guy. I’m from California, so I didn’t know where I was going to fit in there in the mud,” Craig said. “I stayed up on two wheels and was one of the only guys to do that, and it seemed to work out for me.”
That was the goal for the second 250 moto before a muddy rut ruined those plans.
“I was feeling good and wanted to do better in the second moto,” Craig said. “I felt good on the bike and my fitness was there. I got a pretty good start and was running with the top guys, and then I hit a dumb cross rut down the hill and it took the wind out of my sail.”
Bisceglia’s day was a tale of two motos, as a poor finish in the first motivated him to a terrific fourth-place finish in the day’s second race.
“The first moto, I was really buried in the mud in the back of the pack,” Bisceglia said. “It was a really tough, grueling race. To not score any points was demoralizing, so I rode with anger that second moto.”
And it worked, as he raced with the leaders most of the 16-lap race.
“I showed up to the line and was way to the outside, but I ripped a second- or third-place start from the outside,” Bisceglia said. “I just rode aggressive and stayed right behind Adam (Cianciarulo) and Marvin (Musquin), but they got away from me a little bit.
“I made a mistake in the back, and (Joey) Savatgy got me, but I regrouped and got right back on them again and almost finished third. Man, I wish I would’ve had a couple more laps to get ‘em.”
Still, his fourth in the second moto was Bisceglia’s best outdoors, and he ended up ninth overall to move up two spots to eighth in the 250 motocross points standings.
Smith gained two spots in the points, too, to 11th after moto finishes of 17th and eighth resulted in an 11-place overall.
“That was my first mudder as a professional, and it was tough,” the rookie Smith said. “It was kind of the same story this week as every week: Had a good second moto and not such a good first moto. I’m riding well in both, but I just need to calm down a little bit in the first moto the first few laps and get through there so I can put together two good motos instead of just one.”
Fellow rookie R.J. Hampshire was left wondering what could have been after passing for the lead early in the first moto. But the mud got the best of Hampshire, as he went 15-19 for a 20th-place overall finish.
“Just made a mistake and went down,” Hampshire said. “I was way back and went down a couple more times, so that wasn’t good. The second moto, I got a decent start and was running 10th, but I went down again, and the bike was overheating from all the mud, so we just had to cruise in and score some points. I feel like we had more than we showed today.”
Posted In: Jordon Smith, Matt Bisceglia, News, RJ Hampshire, Team
28 Jun, 2015
Rockstar Canadian Nationals on Fox Sports Racing
2015 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MX NATIONALS ON FOX SPORTS RACING
Here is your chance to watch the televised coverage of the most exciting season of Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals …. ever! Fox Sports Racing will begin airing the footage on Sunday, July 19, 2015 and will continue for ten consecutive weeks. It’s the best coverage of motocross – period, and the intense racing makes for a complete package of motorsport entertainment. The edge of your seat is all you’ll need.
2015 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals presented by Motovan
Television Broadcast Schedule on Fox Sports Racing
1) Sunday, July 19, 2015 2:00pm Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, BC
2) Sunday, July 19, 2015 8:00pm Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, BC
3) Monday, July 20, 2015 1:00am Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, BC
4) Sunday, July 26, 2015 2:00pm The Wastelands, Nanaimo, BC
5) Sunday, August 2, 2015 2:00pm Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, AB
6) Sunday, August 9, 2015 6:00pm Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, SK
7) Sunday, August 16, 2015 1:00pm Gopher Dunes, Courtland, ON
8) Sunday, August 23, 2015 4:00pm Sand Del Lee, Richmond, ON
9) Sunday, August 30, 2015 7:30pm Motocross Deschambault, Deschambault, QC
10) Sunday, September 6, 2015 2:30pm Riverglade MX Park, Moncton, NB
11) Sunday, September 13, 2015 1:30pm Motocross Ulverton, Ulverton, QC
12) Sunday, September 20, 2015 4:30pm Walton Raceway, Walton, ON
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2014 MARATHON ON FOX SPORTS RACING
Fox Sports Racing is adding coverage of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals to its July schedule. Taped highlights of the 2014 season will air on three consecutive Saturdays, beginning July 4.
2014 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals presented by Motovan
1) Saturday, July 4, 2015 1:oopm Nanaimo
2) Saturday, July 4, 2015 2:00pm Kamloops
3) Saturday, July 4, 2015 9:oopm Nanaimo
4) Saturday, July 4, 2015 10:00pm Kamloops
5) Saturday, July 11, 2015 1:oopm Calgary
6) Saturday, July 11, 2015 2:00pm Regina
7) Saturday, July 11, 2015 3:oopm Courtland
8) Saturday, July 11, 2015 4:00pm Richmond
9) Saturday, July 11, 2015 6:oopm Calgary
10) Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:00pm Regina
11) Saturday, July 11, 2015 8:oopm Courtland
12) Saturday, July 11, 2015 9:00pm Richmond
13) Saturday, July 18, 2015 1:00pm Deschambault
14) Saturday, July 18, 2015 2:00pm Moncton
15) Saturday, July 18, 2015 3:00pm Ulverton
16) Saturday, July 18, 2015 4:00pm Walton
17) Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:00pm Deschambault
18) Saturday, July 18, 2015 8:00pm Moncton
19) Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:00pm Ulverton
20) Saturday, July 18, 2015 10:00pm Walton
Each one hour broadcast will include both MX1 and MX2.
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(Vaughan, ON – June 22, 2015) Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke and Shawn Maffenbeier claimed podium finishes in MX1 and MX2 respectively at the final round of the western leg of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals, which were held in Regina, SK on Sunday.
With 3-1 moto results, Goerke not only snared second overall, he extended his points lead at the top of the current standings. Maffenbeier also did good business at Regina’s Moto Valley Raceway, moving from sixth to fourth on the scoreboard. The Swift Current, SK native recorded consistent 3-3 motos to take third overall on the day in front of a home-province crowd.
Goerke’s MX1 teammate Bobby Kiniry rode the wheels off his YZ450F to finish top-10, logging sixth overall on the strength of 6-7 motos. He currently holds down seventh in the points chase.
Although some rain and high winds were part of the equation at Moto Valley Raceway, fortunately the expected thunderstorms bypassed the area and the track was spared being turned into a mudbog. In fact, the steady, shifting winds and expert grooming left the track in a nearly perfect condition and saved the maintenance crews from having to bring out the water truck between motos.
The first MX1 moto holeshot went to pro rookie Jake Streichert, but within seconds Kiniry, who followed him closely into turn one, shot into the lead. The New York native’s up front moment lasted only one lap, however, when he was passed by defending champion Colton Facciotti.
A few laps later Cole Thompson, Brett Metcalfe and Goerke, who started around seventh, relegated Kiniry to fifth place. The frontrunners, who were buffeted by the strong winds and rain that had started falling during the first MX2 moto, laid down a fast pace while clustered relatively close together.
By lap six Goerke installed himself into third place, one second behind Metcalfe, who was just half a second behind Facciotti. Around the halfway point Metcalfe stuck a pass on Facciotti and for the rest of the moto the top three positions did not change. By this time Kiniry was running sixth and he would stay there until the finish line.
Under dry conditions fast starter Kiniry nailed the second moto holeshot.
Goerke, Thompson, Medaglia, Metcalfe and Facciotti trailed the New Yorker in close order. Goerke, intent on claiming his second moto win of the season, flashed by his teammate a few turns later and he would take it all the way to the checkered flag.
But with a very quick moving Metcalfe taking up second place five laps into the moto, Goerke found himself in the unenviable position of having to pin the throttle the rest of the moto to keep the Australian from taking over the lead.
A lap-after-lap hair raising battle saw Metcalfe relentlessly hounding Goerke, closing in within a fraction of a second. Florida native Goerke, however, failed to succumb to the pressure put on him by the 2013 champ. When all was said and done, Goerke, winner of the 2012 MX1 Championship, prevailed and took a well-deserved win to claim his third 2nd overall of the season.
￼“You definitely needed a really good start today if you hoped to get up front. My first moto start was outside the top five so I had my work cut out for me just to get into third place. With the rain and roost, vision became a problem, after I ran out of tear-offs. At that point I concentrated on staying in third and not take any risks,” Goerke said. “The second moto start was good for me, but holding the lead was a huge task, especially with Metty being all over me for most of the moto. When I saw the two-lap board, I knew I had to put down two perfect laps and pick up
the pace a bit. My YZ450 definitely was my best friend out there today.”
Meanwhile, Kiniry stayed in the top-10 mix, claiming seventh at the finish line. After he lost the lead to Goerke, Kiniry had to bow to the title contenders and make his main objective a race for points and not a podium finish.
“Battling with the top points guys meant riding on the edge so I decided to focus on staying on my bike, not make any errors, and grab as many points I could by finishing top ten,” Kiniry said. “That seemed like the smart alternative. I didn’t want to end up in a catch-up race. Traditionally I have always done better in the eastern rounds and I hope to pick up that thread again, starting at Gopher Dunes.”
In MX 2 action Shawn Maffenbeier held up his end of the bargain by producing top-five starts in both motos aboard his potent YZ250F, which would keep him in the mix for podium finishes both times out.
￼In the first moto, which called for a restart, after a first turn crash saw officials red flag the first start, Maffenbeier found himself around fifth place. He was neck and neck with Morgan Burger, chasing Kevin Benoit, Jimmy Decotis, Brad Nauditt and Jeremy Medaglia.
Some four laps into the moto Maffenbeier had taken possession of third place, cheered on by family and friends, and would hold that position till the finish line. He was never able to connect with second place Decotis, but managed to keep a hard charging, fourth place running Blake Savage from closing in.
The start of the second moto put Maffenbeier just inside the top-five. By the end of the lap two he had taken command of third behind second place Decotis and first place Medaglia.
The battle up front was intense for most of the moto, but the top-three stayed intact until the finish line, with Maffenbeier running his own race. Behind Maffenbeier Savage and Burger fought for position in a bid to challenge for Maffenbeier’s third place slot, but neither one was able to clear the task.
“It was nice to be really consistent this weekend and get the three-three finishes and third overall. Unfortunately I didn’t get as good a start on the restart in the first moto, but I made the best of it and worked my way into a podium finish,” Maffenbeier said. “All in all it was pretty cool riding well in front of my family. It seems like pretty well everybody was there to cheer me on and blast off air horns as I raced by them.”
The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals resume in Courtland, ON for the eastern leg of the series, after a two-week break, on Sunday, July 12th.
Christian Craig bounces back in High Point to lead GEICO Honda effort
MOUNT MORRIS, Pa. (June 13) – Christian Craig bounced back in a big way, leading the GEICO Honda 250cc team with a seventh-place finish at the High Point National Pro Motocross race on Saturday at High Point Raceway.
Jordon Smith finished sixth in the second moto for an 11th-place overall finish, with Matt Bisceglia 12th and R.J. Hampshire 15th.
Battling an illness last week in Tennessee, Craig finished 35th overall. But he was back on pace at High Point from the first time he hit the track, qualifying fifth. He then finished eighth in the first moto and seventh in the second.
“Big-time redemption,” Craig said. “Going in, I knew I had to put in some results. Last week, I want to forget about. It obviously wasn’t me riding out there. I don’t want to make excuses, but I was really sick, and I was really depleted that day. I wanted to move on from that and wanted to better myself.”
He did that, nearly matching his performance in his first race serving as a replacement for the injured Justin Bogle, when he was fifth overall in Denver.
“I had a good qualifying (effort),” Craig said. “I just wanted to put in two solid motos and ended up going 8-7. It’s not my best, and obviously I want to be up there with the (top) guys, but I am still working on race-pace fitness. Everything is coming along, and every day, I’m building. Every weekend is all about improving.”
That’s Smith’s attitude, too, as the rookie improved from the first moto to the second. He’s still battling “arm pump,” where he tenses his arms too much for them to be effective, but he rode better in the second moto.
“I’m still struggling with arm pump in the first moto,” said Smith, who was 16th in the first moto in High Point. “But it’s better in the second motos, and that’s when I can ride like I know how. It was a good day; I think we made some improvements, and we’ll get ‘em in Budds Creek.”
Bisceglia is looking forward to Budds Creek, the next race on the Pro Motocross schedule, after battling physical problems in High Point. He reached his goal of surviving the first lap of each moto and raced in the top four in the second moto for several laps.
But he had to race in survival mode.
“It was pretty painful,” Bisceglia said. “I’m definitely glad I have a week to recover now. I got just as good a start in the second moto as I did the first. I ran in the top three or four the first half of the moto, and I felt really good. Then I started getting really hot. I just survived today. I’m glad I have a week off to recover for Budds Creek.”
Hampshire is thankful for the time off, too, as a crash in the second moto left him a little banged up.
“I had a decent start and was seventh,” Hampshire said. “I came to a high-speed section near the finish, and I came together with (Shane) McElrath in the air. I hit pretty hard, and I’m banged up, but nothing too bad. We’ll get ready for Budds Creek.”
Hampshire was seventh in the first moto, battling for a podium spot for most of the race.
“I pushed pretty hard for 25 minutes and was still in third,” Hampshire said. “I ran second, ran third, but I ended up fading a little bit toward the end, but it was a good steppingstone for me. I got to see the (leaders’) pace, so I’ve got to keep building and don’t let one crash halt it.”