Bisceglia Cleans Up At World Mini Grand Prix

Kit Palmer | April 16, 2012

Matt Bisceglia went back to Texas with five class championships following the 41st running of the NMA World Mini Grand Prix at the Mesquite Motocross Park in Mesquite, Nevada, April 11-14. The Amsoil-backed Honda rider won almost every time he got on the bike, his only blemish was a 12th place in the first 450 Stock Intermediate moto, which prevented him from a clean sweep. As it was, Bisceglia left Mesquite with the 250 Stock and Modified Intermediate, 450 Modified Intermediate, and 250 and 450 Four-Stroke Non-Pro-class championships.

Matt Bisceglia came one moto away from a complete sweep. Photo by Kit Palmer

Matt Bisceglia came one moto away from a complete sweep.

Fellow Honda rider Hayden Millross picked up the win in the 450 Stock Intermediate class after going 1-2.

Dillan Epstein was also going for a sweep of the four 250 and 450 Stock and Modified Pro classes after getting off to a fast start but couldn’t quite pull it off, though he did take three championships back to California with him. The Kawasaki Team Green rider captured the 250 Stock and Modified Pro class wins, as well as the 450 Modified Pro class, but lost out to Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin in the 450 Modified Pro class after trading 1-2 moto finishes.

Honda rider Andrew Pierce also went home with a handful of first-place trophies. The Texan earned championships in the 85/150 Stock (14-16), and 85/150 Open and 150 Four-Stroke Thru 16 classes. He also finished second in the 85/150 Modified (14-16) and Supermini Thru 16 classes.

Dillan Epstein  8  and Jeremy Martin  144  battle it out in the Pro ranks. Photo by Kit Palmer

Dillan Epstein (8) and Jeremy Martin (144) battle it out in the Pro ranks.

Another big winner was Georgia’s Gage Linville, who topped the Super Pee Wee Modified (6-9), 65 Jr. Cycle Modified (6-8) and 50 Pee Wee Modified (7-8) classes.

Yamaha rider Justin Hoeft won both Supermini Thru-16 motos, while Suzuki pilot Rookie White went 1-2 to claim the Supermini Thru-13 class championship.

This year’s World Mini GP produced over 1550 entries.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.