JT Racing MotoConcept Team Introduction

Kit Palmer | December 16, 2011

Last week JT Racing and MotoConcepts Racing announced they had joined up to make the JT Racing/MotoConcept Supercross Team, and to celebrate the new marriage, the team got together for a team introduction at Milestone MX in California to show off it’s new look, bikes and team gear on what unfortunatley turned out to be a wet and rainy day.

Team JT Racing/MotoConcepts.

But the wet weather didn’t dampen any of the team’s spirits, as riders Mike and Jeff Alessi, Vince Friese and Tommy Weeck proudly sported their their new JT Racing gear.

Many former champions who wore JT Racing gear in the past also attended, including Broc Glover, Sebastien Tortelli, Chuck Sun and Danny LaPorte.

“David Dray, CEO of JT Racing, gave me a call and said, ‘What do you think of Mike Alessi?'” said Chuck Sun in a release of the team’s signing of Mike Alessi. “I’ve always been a fan, so I said, ‘Well, he never quits.’ They called every one of the JT champions and asked their opinion and here we are today signed with a top-five guy in the country that’s going to carry the JT banner from the rich history where it was, into the future, bridging the gap between all the generations.”

Mike Alessi.

“It was a real honor for us to link up with JT,” said MotoConcepts team owner Mike Genova. “We think they’re going to be a real point of focus this year, and we want to be a part of that. Their gear, their product line has some really unbelievable stuff. David Dray and his group really deserve a lot of credit for how creative they’ve been in re-establishing their name and transitioning it to the new [market].”

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with JT and the opportunity to re-establish their company and make them a top marquee company again,” said Mike Alessi. “I think it’s awesome having guys like Chuck Sun, Sebastien Tortelli and David Bailey – just to name a few – that can help us. They can help me, my brother Jeff, Vince, Tommy and Jake and we can use their knowledge at the races like if we need help with a certain section. It’s really great, not just for us but for JT, too.”

Vince Friese

“We’ve got a real surprise come A1,” continued Sun. “We don’t want to spoil it just yet, but they’re going to be some of the best looking guys on the track. There’s always going to be a new fresh look for the guys and they’re always going to be proud to be sporting the colors.”

Both Alessi’s will compete on 450s, while Friese will compete in the West Lites Championship and Weeck and Canada in the East.

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.