In the Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi picked up a podium position in the season-opening round of the East Coast series. The 2008 AMA Supercross/Motocross Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat race and then third in the main event at Houston on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250.
Chad Reed: “It was tough for me this weekend, I don’t know why, so to get second is awesome. It was really a struggle all weekend. I didn’t have the groove and I was pushing it, and I fell a few times in practice, so it wasn’t for lack of trying. But to get on the podium and to get second is awesome, considering how I felt out there. Basically, I’m just trying to get out there on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and do what I can do and try to get on the podium… I’m happy that we didn’t lose any ground this weekend, even though we struggled a bit.”
Mike Alessi: “This was a good weekend. We are steadily improving with every race, getting a little more speed, a little more confidence, a little bit more aggression. In practice, I was in the top-10 times. In the heat race, I ended up fourth – I bettered last week by one position. In the main, I got the holeshot. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 got me off to a great start and I was riding up front, battling with the top guys and then I was running sixth for most of the race. I made a mistake at the end, though, and I ended up seventh. Like I’ve been saying, I’m working on steady improvement and getting better every week.”
Nico Izzi: “My day was pretty good, though it started out a little rough. I had a pretty good get-off in the first practice and I had to regroup from that. I came out in the second practice and put in some good laps. In the heat race, I was able to work my way up into third. Then, in the main event, I got a pretty good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 and was in second and put in about eight laps. But then I made a mistake and moved back to third. I was struggling to get back into it but I held on for a podium position.”
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009.
Chad Reed, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #1 2nd Place – Houston Supercross
1st Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #800 7th Place – Houston Supercross
9th Place – Overall Championship Points Standings
Nico Izzi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z250, #20 3rd Place – Houston Supercross Lites
3rd Place -- Overall Championship Points