PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER
During last night’s round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, Mike Alessi was involved in an incident with Broc Tickle that drew the attention of the AMA.
During their heat race, Alessi was chasing Tickle and midway into a turn Alessi center punched Tickle, sending both riders to the ground and ultimately to the semis.
Afterwards, Alessi called it “just a racing incident” and said it was “water under the bridge”, however, AMA/FIM race officials and Tickle apparently thought otherwise.
After the race, the AMA fined Alessi $4000 and put him on probation for the remainder of the season.
Here’s what the AMA sent us when we requested verification.
“After a review of the incident that took place between rider Mike Alessi and rider Broc Tickle in the 450SX heat race, the race director determined that Alessi violated rule A2, c. 17 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, rulebook. As a result of this violation, the race director assessed Alessi a penalty of $4,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the 2014 season. There was no appeal.”
Alessi and Tickle both qualified for the main event through the semis and Alessi finished sixth in the main while Tickle was seventh.