Alessi got off to too good of a start in the first moto when his bike jumped over the gate at the start of the moto. He was able to round the first corner in 3rd place and finished the race in the same position in a notable return to the series after sitting out the past three weeks from an injury suffered in practice at round one.
Although Alessi crossed the line in 3rd place he was docked one position for jumping the gate. That put him in 4th place for the first moto. His teammate, Andrew Short, started inside the top ten in moto one and crossed the checkered flag in 11th place.
In typical fashion, Alessi earned another great start in the second moto this time taking the holeshot and the early lead. The second moto was remarkably different from the first moto as heavy rain fall during the intermission had made the course very sloppy and slick. Alessi pulled away from the pack early in the moto to pull a 15 second lead by the fifth lap. Unfortunately, late on lap five, Alessi suffered a crash. He lost over 20 seconds while recovering from the mistake and lost the lead to Chad Reed.
Alessi struggled with arm pump after his crash and managed to cross the finish in 4th at the end of the moto. His 4-4 results earned him 4th overall for the day. Short came from a poor second moto start to finish 13th. His 11-13 scores put him in 12th overall for the day.
“I am happy with my results today. Of course, I would have liked to finish in the top three but I am just glad to be back to racing and doing what I love. I want to thank all the doctors that have helped get me back in racing shape over the past few weeks. I hope to be on the podium at the next round,” remarked Alessi.
Next Event: Budds Creek – June 18, 2011
Overall Results 450 Class –
2) Ryan Dungey
3) Chad Reed
4) Mike Alessi – KTM
7) Tommy Hahn
9) Jake Weimer
12)Andrew Short – KTM
19)Tye Simmonds – KTM20) Travis Sewell