Mike Alessi Pulls Out Of Supercross

Cycle News Staff | April 24, 2013
  Mike Alessi will sit out Salt Lake and Vegas Supercross rounds. Photography by Hoppenworld.com

Mike Alessi says he’s decided to sit out the last two rounds of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series so he and his team can concentrate solely on the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

The MotoConcepts Racing by Smartop Team rider is currently 13th in the Supercross standings, 15 points behind BTO Sports.com/KTM’s Andrew Short and 28 points ahead of privateer Weston Peick.

 “It’s a unique situation whereby we have new technology for the 450 that requires a great deal of attention and testing time to develop,” said Team Manager Tony Alessi. “Mike had decent results in the Supercross series but our goals for the Nationals are much higher.  The team needs additional testing to best develop the 450 technology, and all of us, from Mike, to the team, to our sponsors want to be back on the podium.”

“Last year we had a great run in the Nationals, finishing second overall with solid moto finishes,” Mike Alessi said. “I got great starts, ran up front and won a moto last year but expect more from myself coming into this season. Without testing support or factory backing I need to develop the MCR450 and, with the new parts we are using, it’s best to get as much track time as possible.”