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Mike Alessi, Pro Motocross Racer - KTM
Alessi has signed a deal with the Austrian manufacturer to contest the 2010 Outdoor Nationals alongside his new teammate Tommy Searle. During 2005, 2006, 2007 race season the KTM racing team guided Mike Alessi to his best ever race seasons finishing as motocross vice champion in all three years. Mike's focus in the upcoming season will be the 2010 AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Championship and select European events beginning in February in Mantova, Italy.
Scot Harden, Sales and Marketing Manager - Husqvarna
Scot Harden has enjoyed a nearly 40-year career as one of the world's top off-road racers and a motorcycle industry leader compiling a set of racing and business accomplishments that few can match. A short list of his major titles includes: three-time Baja 1000 winner; three-time Baja 500 winner; 2 Time SCORE Champion; 4 Time Best in the Desert Champion; three-time International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) medalist (Gold: Italy, 1981; Silver: France, 1980; Bronze: Czechoslovakia, 1982); U.S. ISDE Trophy Team member; winner of the 1987 Djerba 500 Rally Tunisia; Total Challenge Performance winner of the 1987 Rally de Atlas Morocco; 1982 AMA National Reliability Series Open Champion and 1994 AMA National Enduro Vet Class Champion. In 2008, Scot was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame
Jeff DeVega, New Dealer Development - BMW Motorad
DeVega will be in studio as our special guest on the program. BMW now has over ten motorcycle models and five are either totally updated or have been released in the last couple years. Their main focus is the Dual Sport Category and they are also getting ready to release a Superbike class motorcycle called the S 1000 RR. Jeff is in our area today as he is visiting one of BMW's newest delearships Van Wall Motorsports. Jeff will be an instudio guest and we will have some fun talking about the new releases and BMW's future direction.
Melissa Appel, Road Racer - CCS Series
Melissa bought her first motorcycle in 2003, a Kawasaki 636. A year later she began doing trackdays with NESBA (the Northeastern Sportbike Association) and soon after became a control rider for the organization. She now does over 20 events a year. Melissa's first race weekend was in 2006. She did one or two events per year until 2009. The introduction of the Femoto series in 2009 inspired her to start concentrating on racing more seriously. Her strategy paid off when she won the CCS Great Plain Femmoto Middleweight Championship and finished third in the Midwest Region. Melissa has now claimed 30 podium finishes. Her most inspiring and recent accomplishment was being crowned the 2009 Grand Champion of the Women's Supersport class at the Michelin US Motorcycle Championship. Melissa's goals for next year is to repeat her Femmoto and Michelin championship finishes, take home at least one regional expert championship with CCS (Championship Cup Series), qualify for the AMA Supersport class at Heartland Park and Road America, and obtain her full AMA license for 2011.
Amy Pickholz, Director Baton Rouge Chapter - Motorcycle Awareness Campaign
Two years ago Amy Pickholz was riding on the back of her husband's motorcycle when they were hit my a motorist that did not see them. Her husband, Tom, was killed and Amy suffered life changing injuries. Amy used the terrible experience of the crash and decided to do something positive. She now works aggressively to bring attention to motorcyclists and teaching car drivers to be on the lookout for motorcycles. She is part of the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign, a 501c3 all volunteer organization. The group has had some huge successes in lowering motorcycle fatalities in Louisiana. The group does research and conducts presentations to build awareness for motorcyclists; they have billboard marketing campaign nationwide, a specialty license plate program and have put up 12,000 yard signs promoting motorcycle awareness.