MotoConcepts Racing: MONCTON Report
SPOKANE, WA (August 4, 2014) – The Rivergalde MX Park in Moncton, NB held the eighth round of the Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Motocross Nationals. This populated area in New Brunswick brought one of the largest crowds the series has seen thus far. Spectators were promised a great show as Smartop MotoConcepts riders, Mike Alessi (#800/MX1), Vince Friese (#719/MX2), and Jeff Alessi (#801/MX1), battled with the best Canadian rivals in both classes. The infamous klatt-a-pult jump was one element of the clay-based, hard-packed track that kept the fans energized and anxious to watch some talented racing take place on such a beautiful day.
Mike Alessi’s day on the Riverglade MX track was nothing short of perfect. The external environmental conditions were certainly on his side of the court, or should we say track, that day. Alessi is very familiar with riding on hard-packed, fast paced tracks, in hot and humid temperatures. He used it to his advantage and swept the day with a 1-1, taking home his fourth overall win this season. Alessi was the first one out of the gate in both Moto’s, granting him the Royal Distributing Triple Crown Holeshot award, and held on to an extensive lead throughout the duration of both races. He collected six more points and now sits only twenty-one points behind the series points leader.
The California native, Vince Friese, also a wily veteran towards the hard-packed terrain, was pleased to be back on firm ground with his MCR 250F. Friese missed the Holeshot by one position in Moto one and spent the entire race chasing down Kaven Benoit, who would eventually take home the Moto win. After a fifth place start in Moto two, Friese knuckled down and made a crucial pass on Maffenbeier for second late in the race. Friese put forth a valiant effort and despite not winning a Moto, he still conquered the overall win with his 2-2 finishes for the day.
Jeff Alessi’s second race in Canada was certainly not what he expected as he wrestled with the heat and humidity all day. Alessi was running upfront in around the sixth position for quite some time in Moto one but slowly started making his way towards the fifteenth position after succumbing to exhaustion. Moto two was similar news, finishing in fourteenth. He ultimately received a thirteenth overall for the day and said he’s enjoying the fun of racing again, something he hasn’t gotten to do for a while.
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