Matt Bisceglia suffered an injury earlier this year, and will unfortunately miss the first round of the 250 East Supercross Championship. Bisceglia was hoping to be ready by the time the series started; he’s back riding now, but he will need a bit more time to prepare. JGR has been quick to fide a fill-in rider however, choosing Kyle Peters to race for them at the opening round this weekend in Minneapolis.
The set back for Bisceglia is damaging to an already injury prone JGRMX team. All of their planned roster (Justin Barcia, Weston Peick, Phil Nicoletti [stay tuned for an update on his injury], and Bisceglia) have gotten injured this year.
Here is the official release from the team:
Autotrader/Suzuki/Yoshimura Team rider Matt Bisceglia who was injured just prior to the start of the season will not be ready to compete when the 250SX East Series begins on Feb. 18. Kyle Peters, who rides for Wilson’s Coolair Factory Suzuki Team in Australia will substitute for Bisceglia for at least the first round of the eastern regional series. Peters will race with the number 56.
Peters is in the U.S. training for the Australian Motocross National Series which starts on April 2 in Wonthaggi, VIC. His familiarity with the Suzuki makes him the perfect temporary replacement for Bisceglia. “Unfortunately injuries are a part of our sport, we appreciate Kyle and the Wilson’s Coolair Factory Suzuki Team helping us out while Matt makes final preparations to come back, and we will do everything we can to help Phil make a quick and full recovery,” said Jeremy Albrecht, the JGR team manager.“
My Opinion: Bisceglia was struggling to find a ride for this year, so this injury comes at a bad time for him as well; he needs to put some good rides in to show his worth. Honestly, I’m kinda surprised that he’s not racing Minneapolis. He got cleared to ride last week, and even if he’s not fully prepared, my thought is that he would at least want to race and get some points.
Peters will be a good fill-in for him however, and he should be a solid top-10 rider.
Cover Photo from Twitter (@mattBISCEGLIA)