GEICO Motorcycle Honda rookie Matt Bisceglia wasn't born on a dirt bike, but it didn't take him very long to attend his first motocross race.
"My parents took me to the track the first week I was born," Bisceglia said. "My dad used to race professionally and mom also used to ride and race. I was born into a family of motocrossers.
"They got me my first bike for my third birthday, and they haven't been able to stop me since. I'm out doing what I love and I'm having a good time doing it."
It hasn't been easy for anyone else to stop Bisceglia, either. After a stellar amateur career capped with a Horizon Award-winning performance at the Amateur National at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in 2013, he is ready to begin his first full season racing as a professional on a Honda CRF 250 in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Bisceglia feels like he has a good idea of what to expect from his first pro season thanks to the lessons he's learned from his father, Don.
"My dad's very helpful," Bisceglia said. "He rode nationals professionally but never really had any support. He always did it himself and has done a good job keeping me aware of how good I have it with GEICO Honda.
"I've got a great opportunity in front of me, and he keeps me on top of it all. I'm glad to have him."
But Bisceglia said his dad isn't all business.
"Sometimes I'm not sure who gets more excited, me or him," Bisceglia said. "He gets excited when stuff like the new model bikes come out. It's funny to see."
Bisceglia isn't going into his rookie season totally lacking experience at the pro level. Immediately following his final amateur race, Bisceglia finished up the final handful of motocross races in order to get his feet wet with the big boys.
"Turning pro and racing in front of those big crowds was nerve-wracking," Bisceglia said. "I've been preparing during the off-season. It's kind of crazy to realize that I get to live my dream of racing professionally.
"My first few races as a pro were tougher than I thought they'd be, so I'm thankful I've had this off-season to pinpoint exactly what I needed to work on. I feel like I've improved tremendously since the event in Lake Elsinore, Calif. I'm ready to go."