MotoConcepts Racing Heads EastWednesday, February 15, 2012 | 9:05 AM
Temecula, CA. MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) rolled into Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, self-proclaimed as “America’s Finest City”, to perform in front of almost 60,000 fans for the sixth round of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.
After an excellent effort the previous week in Anaheim, the team of Mike Alessi, Jeff Alessi, and Vince Friese headed a hop, skip, and a jump south, hoping to equal or improve on the prior week’s result. On the way down, the team stopped in El Cajon, CA for a well-attended Friday night autograph signing with clothing sponsor We All Ride.
Vince Friese got it done all night, finishing a season best 3rd place in his Lites heat and 9th overall in the main event, this after nabbing his second Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot of the year, winning the $1,000 award in the process.
Mike Alessi, in the heat race that wasn’t, due to a red flag, showed his best Supercross form ever, passing James Stewart on the first lap for the lead and then holding off Stewart, Chad Reed, and Ryan Dungey for three more laps before the race was stopped. Mike didn’t fare as well on the restart however, but still put in a solid effort to transfer to the main as the fourth of nine riders.
In the main event, Mike didn’t get the jump he wanted on the start, rounding the first turn in 12th place. He went to work and passed several riders on the first lap, including Factory Honda’s Justin Brayton, to move himself up to 8th place. After battling with Brayton for position for the next six laps, Mike fell and was down for several seconds, a mistake that dropped him back again to 12th place. He passed Jason Thomas and Kyle Chisholm back; Thomas on lap 7 and Chisholm on lap 19. Another small mistake by Mike on lap 20 let Chisholm by, leaving him with a 9th place finish. His fastest lap time of the night was 48.189 seconds – which was faster than the fastest times posted by Brayton, Hansen, and Chisholm, all who finished directly in front of Mike.
As the series now heads east to Dallas, TX, Mike Alessi sits in 10th overall for the championship, a mere 15 points down from 5th overall, while Vince Friese stands in 14th overall in the West Coast Lites championship, only 8 points outside the top ten.To follow the ascent of MotoConcepts Racing and see MotoConcepts products, please go to www.MotoConcepts.com Details of Mike, Jeff, and Tony Alessi’s racing season can be found at www.AlessiRacing.com