Rockstar Makita Suzuki US factory star Mike Alessi's recent crash whilst maintaining a strong second place in the AMA US Motocross Championship has temporarily taken him out of racing action in America. Mike's rapid recovery has been amazing after his horrific Budds Creek crash. Unfortunately his recovery will not be complete in time to represent the US at the Motocross of Nations at Donington Park in September as originally planned. The good news is that he will be fighting fit in time for Sheffield.
Mike's younger brother Jeff who currently lies in ninth in the AMA Motocross Championship won at Sheffield in 2007 a head of Mike Brown. Jeff will again make the trip to Sheffield looking to repeat that victory.
Future West spokesman John Hellam commented "We are very excited that Mike and Jeff will both be competing at Sheffield. We already have a strong line-up of riders secured for Sheffield but the addition of Mike and Jeff should make for great racing."
Along with the Alessi brothers a larger than usual number of US riders will also be competing in the SX1 and SX2 classes at Sheffield, names of whom will be announced over the next few weeks.
"The addition of Mike Alessi to the planned line up has come as a welcome bonus. Many of the loyal fans that have attended Sheffield over the years know the Alessi brothers have a strong connection to Sheffield and our UK events. Really Mike and Jeff both cut there teeth in pro class Supercross competition prior to their rise to fame in the US pro ranks. For Mike to return to Sheffield at the highest point of his career to date says something about his integrity and his loyalty to the British fans and our organisation!" says Hellam.
British Supercross fans had a sneak preview of what was to come in the US when the Alessi brothers showed up at Sheffield a few years back, since then Mike Alessi deservedly earned the number one spot on the 2008 Roger Decoster managed Rockstar Makita Suzuki team, replacing the retired Ricky Carmichael. The rumoured absence of James Stewart from the 2009 US AMA Motocross Championship next year leaves Mike Alessi as the number one contender for US outdoor crown and a must see at Sheffield.
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2008/2009 British Supercross Championship Schedule
Round Date Venue Tickets
1. Saturday, 25th of October Sheffield Arena, Sheffield 0114 256 5656
2. Friday, 23rd of January Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool 0844 800 0400
3. Saturday, 24th of January Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool 0844 800 0400
4. Saturday, 31st of January The O2 Arena, London