Mike Alessi is returning to Canada in 2019. After spending the last few years with Monster Energy/Alpinestars Kawasaki, Alessi is joining Honda GDR/Fox Racing, the team announced on social media.
It was also announced that Smartop, which is owned by Mike Genova, whom Alessi rode for during his career in the U.S., is also joining the team as a sponsor.
The Canadian series underwent massive changes in 2018 and was rebranded as the Rockstar Triple Crown Championship, which consists of arenacross, supercross, and motocross. (You can read more about the new series here.) In the announcement yesterday, the team said that Alessi will only compete in the motocross portion of the series. The eight-round championship begins June 1 at Wild Rose in Calgary.
I’m excited to announce that I have joined the @gdrhonda team to contest in the 2019 @triplecrownseries MX Nationals. Also a big shout out to long time sponsor @smartopspacover for sticking behind me and coming on board as a team sponsor at GDR.#hondaracing#gdracing#foxracingpic.twitter.com/iyjHtlvqOk— Mike Alessi (@MikeAlessi_800) February 12, 2019
Alessi has spent the past few years racing in Canada, finishing fifth overall in 2016 and fourth overall in 2017. He missed a portion of the series in 2018 due to injury and finished 12th overall.