Smartop/MotoConcepts and Mike Alessi have announced their plans for the summer—and it’s not traditional, to say the least. Alessi, as we reported last week, will contest the MXGP of Great Britain on May 23-24. The following weekend, he will race the MXGP of France (May 30-31). From there is where strays from the traditional route. Alessi and the team will return to North America to contest both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the Canadian Nationals. Which events they will contest has not been announced.
"We're focusing on the core objective of motorsport racing—promoting our team and sponsor products while continuing to build the Smartop and MotoConcepts brand,” said team owner Mike Genova. “Instead of chasing points in a given series, we’ve chosen to use multiple series to market to a worldwide audience via the MXGP, CMRC and USA Outdoor Nationals.”
“I’m excited for this summer’s MCR program and look forward to racing in different countries, on different tracks and against different riders,” said Alessi. “Bringing our own support crew and MCR 450 bikes overseas will be a big advantage that will allow me to focus on racing only.”
Alessi has been sidelined with a back injury since Daytona.
The team’s second rider, Vince Friese, will ride the first two rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross aboard a 450 before joining the team when they return from Europe.
The team will announce which rounds they will contest as the summer progresses.