Bogle, Bisceglia Staying Loose, Having Fun at Washougal2017-07-29 09:45
Life is full of distractions. It may be something you forgot to do or what’s still on your plate. In sports, injuries can be a distraction. Sometimes the business of sports gets in the way. But the measure of an athlete or a team isn’t dictated by the challenge itself, it’s based on the response. There’s a famous saying by an unknown author that sums it up best. “Remember that guy who gave up? Neither does anyone else.”
And, while news broke this week announcing that RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing will cease operations following the 2017 season, the team and its riders remain focused on the task at hand and finishing out the season with renewed enthusiasm, beginning this weekend when Lucas Oil Pro Motocross returns to Washougal MX Park for the Peterson CAT Washougal National.
With only four races left on the 2017 schedule and a potentially uncertain future ahead, it would be easy for RCH riders Justin Bogle and Matt Bisceglia, along with the rest of the team, to just ride it out and go through the motions. Fortunately, motocross racers aren’t exactly known for doing things the easy way.
Still, Bogle and Bisceglia are staying loose and looking forward to having some fun this weekend when Pro Motocross visits one of the most picturesque settings any of the tracks in the sport has to offer. Nestled within a host of fir trees and a stone’s throw from the Washougal River, Washougal MX Park is a favorite for enthusiasts and riders alike because of its incredible location, which has evolved into a destination event for any motocross fan.
“It gets harder and harder as the season gets deeper to stay motivated and focused but I’m a big fan of quite a few of these tracks that are coming up,” said Bogle. “I always look forward to the end of the season. Tracks like Washougal and Unadilla, those have always been tracks that I’ve really enjoyed and done well at. Gives me a little extra boost of confidence and keeps it fun.”
In three previous starts at the storied Washington course, Bogle has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450 has collected six top 10s in six 250 Class motos, compiling a 5.3 average overall finish but podium results have proven to be elusive.
“I’ve led quite a few laps at Washougal,” commented Bogle. “In 2013, I think I was top three in both motos until like two laps to go. I’ve always enjoyed riding that track. I feel comfortable there. The tracks lately have been insanely rutted and Washougal isn’t like that. It’s not quite so rutty where you have to follow the leader through the best line. You can kind of get creative. It’s a little harder surface so you have to be more patient. I enjoy that kind of racing more.”
Bogle turned in a pair of spirited motos last weekend at Spring Creek but a crash in the first moto forced him to make an early exit in the second.
“I started making my way through the pack and I actually felt really good,” offered Bogle. “I passed two guys, the lap that I went down. I was passing into either sixth or seventh, I’m not sure. I could see the group ahead of me, as well. I was trying to go forward. I felt awesome at the end. I just had one of those things where I was pushing and ended up going down.
“I just made a stupid little mistake. I feel like that’s how it’s gone the last few weeks. I’m one little click away from being back up on the podium, at least in motos. The results aren’t showing it but, physically, I was really happy with how I felt at the end of that first moto. I was charging, I was going forward. I got my starts dialed in. I had a really good day going, minus that mistake. It was rough but stuff happens. That one was on me.”
For his part, Bisceglia owns a pair of 250 Class Washougal starts and has one top 10 in four motos. The Tualatin, Ore., native who now calls Weatherford, Texas home made his debut for RCH last weekend. In his first outdoor start of 2017, Bisceglia got everyone’s attention out of the starting gate, raced with the leaders and notched an impressive top-10 finish in the first 450 Class moto of the day. Despite being sidelined for the second moto, the 22-year-old AMA Horizon Award winner was pleased with his first effort aboard his RCH-prepared RM-Z450.
“I couldn’t be happier with how everything went as a whole last weekend,” explained Bisceglia. “I haven’t raced in a year. I’ve dealt with a lot of injuries and just a lot of stuff with my life this year so to get out there and get a top 10 in that first moto is like winning for me. Even though I wasn’t able to do the second moto, it was nice to get back out there. I was able to run a good pace, too, so that felt awesome. I’m happy with the bike and happy with the team. Everything worked out well and there’s plenty of room to improve so that’s what we’re doing.
“I love Washougal because it’s my home race. I grew up just outside Portland, Oregon. It’s a place where I grew up riding but it has changed quite a bit since I was a kid. I always had fun at Washougal, it just hasn’t worked out for me. I’ve had a couple mechanicals, some unfortunate luck so I’m looking forward to turning that around this weekend on the 450.”
The first moto from the Peterson CAT Washougal National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., July 29 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Pacific. Coverage for the second moto will shift to NBCSN at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. Pacific.
All motos can be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold app. NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV will combine to provide extensive television coverage over the course of the 12-round season. Capping off each round of the championship will be exclusive one-hour highlight shows on NBCSN, each airing within a handful of days of every National.
About RCH Racing …
RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing is a professional Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart. RCH was founded in 2012 and earned its first premier class championship in 2016. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.
About Suzuki …
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About Yoshimura R&D of America …
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