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May 19: Team Suzuki's Mike Alessi has finished second overall three times in his outdoor professional career. With consistency and good starts, this could be Alessi’s breakthrough year in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
May 19: Cameron Lunde’s 14th b-day.
May 20: AXO's John Simanovich.
May 20: Avid Racer X reader, Luke Short
May 21: Lawrence "LHR" Hamm, multi-time Manitoba 500cc champion
May 21: Loretta Lynn’s racer Vanessa Florentino.
May 22: GNCC Competitor, Samatha Steiner.
May 24: Pro Action's DJ Korzen.
May 24: Longtime GNCC Pro contender Steve Hatch has since hung up his boots and is now a personal trainer and teaches personal riding schools.
May 24: Red Bud promoter Tim Ritchie.
May 24: Division 7/Star Racing’s Darryn Durham has really come into his own this season. Look for Durham to make a name for himself this summer.
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