MotoConcepts Racing: SEATTLE Report

SPOKANE, WA (April 12, 2014) – The fifteenth round of the Monster Energy Supercross series hits Team Smartop by MotoConcepts home state in Seattle, Washington. The Century Link Field is notoriously known for being one of the loudest stadiums in the nation and for Supercross fans, the $360 million venue didn’t disappoint. Infamously known for its erratic weather conditions, the 2014 Seattle Supercross was one for the books with clear skies and warm weather throughout the entire day. Riders, Mike Alessi (#800/450) and Colton Aeck (#526/250), were faced with additional pressure this week as team owner, Mike Genova, brought along his company employees from Spokane, WA to cheer the team on.

Aeck joined the riders on the line for the first 250 Heat race of the night. He found himself near the back of the pack as the nineteen other competitors came around the first turn. Aeck would immediately find his way past three other riders by choosing the inside line and hucking the triple jump when others next to him chose to double. With only two laps to go, Aeck made a move on Rhinehart for 14th but it wouldn’t be enough to secure a transferring position into the Main.

The 250 LCQ looked promising for Aeck as he came off the line in 6th place and quickly passed position five in the air over the huge triple jump. On lap two, Aeck made a pass on Rhinehart which moved him up to 4th place and into a qualifying position. Unfortunately, Aeck made a critical mistake in the corner and went down with only two laps to go, which sadly, sent him out of the running for the Main event.

Villopotto, Dungey, Canard, and Alessi sat on the line for the 450 Heat 1 patiently awaiting the gate to drop. When the 30-second board turned, Alessi was out front grabbing his characteristic Holeshot and pulling away from the #5 bike behind him. Within the next couple of laps Dungey began to close in but Alessi was relentless to give up the lead without a hard fought battle. On the 5th lap, Dungey exited the rhythm section with a little more speed and carried it through the corner to pass Alessi on the inside. In the following corner, Alessi was focused on staying close to Dungey’s line and allowed Canard to slip by on the inside which moved him into the 3rd position. He kept up his speed for the remainder of the Heat and transferred directly to the Main in 3rd.

When the 450’s took off the start for the Main event, Alessi found his way up to the front but took the first corner a little too wide and fell into 5th place. Rozcen made an immediate pass in the first lap on Alessi with Tomac not too far behind. A couple laps later, Roczen would make a mistake that would send Alessi into 6th place, which he held for five more laps. Towards the middle of the race, #94 on the KTM would come back to take a position away with Canard in tow behind him. Now sitting in 9th, Alessi rode cautiously smooth knowing any mistake could take him out of the top ten. On the 14th lap, J. Hill made a friendly pass on the outside and Alessi would cross the finish line in Seattle, in front of some of his biggest fans, in 10th.

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MotoConcepts Racing: ST. LOUIS Report

SPOKANE, WA (March 15, 2014) – The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri has been a part of the Monster Energy Supercross Series since 1996; this year it strikes down as the 13th stop in the circuit. As the season nears the end, Smartop by MotoConcepts riders, Mike Alessi (#800/450) and Kyle Cunningham (#30/250), continue to focus on staying strong and healthy as they enter the final home stretch of the season. The two MCR boys expressed the tracks difficulty and technicality as they came off the track from practice in St. Louis. Coming into the night with well deserved qualifying times, Alessi and Cunningham would concentrate on riding a smart race in order to come out healthy and able to race another day.

Cunningham would take off the line in the 250 Heat 2 around the 14th position. Within the first lap he would make a pass for 13th and by lap three he passed two more riders as he made his way up to the transferring position. By lap four he had successfully made it into 9th place but he wasn’t going to stop there as every qualifying position counts for the Main event. In the last lap of the race he made a move on the inside, passing J. Decotis for 6th and held on to his position until he crossed the finish line.

The 250 Main event brought a similar reenactment on the start for Cunningham. Coming out of the Holeshot corner in 12th, Cunningham would make moves in the first lap that positioned him into 10th. His passes on Catanzaro and C. Thompson in the fifth lap sent him into 8th place. In the same lap, a tangle on the track moved Cunningham up to 5th as he battled #96 of Bisceglia for 4th. They entered the technical rhythm section together on the 8th lap but Cunningham sustained more momentum and came out ahead in 4th. All that was left to do was ride a smart race for six more laps with no mistakes or mishaps and he would snag his second 4th place finish of the season. Cunningham would successfully conquer the night in 4th and remains in 6th for the East Coast series, six points behind 5th.

Mike Alessi would line up for the 450 Heat 2 on the left side of the dog house, a spot you would see him start at all night. As the 450’s came off the line, Alessi would be the one to capture his first Holeshot of the night. Villopoto would pass him in the first lap and by the end of the third lap he was battling with T. Canard for 4th. The technical rhythm section seemed to hinder Alessi’s lap times as he took precautionary tactics riding through with care. This may have sent him to the 450 Semi 2, as he finished the Heat out in 6th, but it would be saving him from a trip to the hospital, one journey several other riders would be taking that night. Alessi would seize his second Holeshot of the night in the 450 Semi 2 and held on to his advantageous lead. Holding off the elite group of riders behind him, Alessi would win the Semi 2 race and transfer into the Main event.

In the 450 Main event, Alessi would take home his third Holeshot of the night, being the first rider to consecutively win all three Holeshot’s in one night. Villopoto would make his way past during the first lap and by the third lap Stewart and Barcia swept past as well. Alessi, now holding off Brayton, Dungey, and Roczen, would begin to feel the pressure as more riders were coming in close. Throughout the race, Alessi remained smooth and consistent until one minor crash sent him to the 11th position. For the remainder of the race he strayed away from fatal mistakes and other crashes taking place on the track and by the end of the race Alessi would cross the finish line in 12th place. He would be going home safe with some well deserved Holeshot bonus money and has moved up to the 13th position in the 450 points series.

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MotoConcepts Racing: DETROIT Report

SPOKANE, WA (March 15, 2014) – It’s been six years since Monster Energy Supercross made its way to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. A location, which has been on the circuit since 1976, returns in 2014 as the 11th round of the Supercross Championship. Frigid temperatures outside allocated exhilarating, heated battles on the track as Smartop MotoConcepts rider, Kyle Cunningham (#30/250), left the frozen city with his best finish of the season. Mike Alessi (#800/450) was thrilled to see his teammate succeed, knowing it would relieve him of marginal pressure and stress for a brief while.

Cunningham spent this past week with the team in Hilliard, Florida training and working on his starts at the Alessi compound. He entered the stadium with high hopes for the night and lined up to the gate for the 250 Heat 2. He came off the line without any hesitation and came through the first corner charging in the 4th position. Fighting for 3rd between J. Decotis during the first lap of the race, Cunningham would hold on to his 4th place position while maintaining his speed and composure throughout the race. In the fourth lap, the #4 machine of B. Baggett would begin to pressure Cunningham for 4th but #30 kept to the inside line safe, blocking off any chance Baggett had to pass, and finished the Heat race in Detroit out in 4th.

Anxious and exhilarated, Cunningham would line up for the 250 Main event in the 7th qualifying position. When the gate dropped he fought for that initial jump off the line, but ended up coming around the corner in 9th. Cunningham would pass two other riders in the first lap of the race and set his sights on V. Friese ahead of him in 6th. It didn’t take long, as Cunningham would pass Friese in the following lap and would make his way up to G. Faith, pressuring him for 5th. A three way battle for 4th emerged and Cunningham would come out on top. With only five laps to go, Cunningham made a pass on J. Decotis for 3rd but soon, the pass would be reciprocated by #56 and allowed Baggett to also slip by on the inside. One final pass on Decotis secured him into 4th place and he would cross the finish line one spot away from the podium, his best finish of the season.

The 450’s in Heat 1 lined up to the starting gate with Mike Alessi in tow. As soon as the gate dropped, Alessi would beat all the other 450 riders to the first corner except for one, J. Brayton. Just missing the holeshot by inches, Alessi immediately took the lead away from Brayton in the following rhythm section. He would hold on to 1st for the next couple laps but J. Stewart would eventually make his way into the lead and placed Alessi into 2nd. With three laps remaining, Alessi maintained his momentum and kept the Suzuki bike of J. Hill away from his 2nd place position. He finished the race aggressively in 2nd and transferred directly to the Main event.

For Mr. Alessi, the 450 Main event started out with unexpected, abnormal circumstances. As soon as he came off the line, the rider to the left of him made a sharp cut into his line, forcing him to slam on his brakes to avoid a potential collision. Now sitting near the back of the pack, Alessi had to give it everything he had to pass his fellow competition. By lap two he had made his way up to 14th and would remain there until five laps to go. He would make a pass on W. Hahn for 13th and made his way past D. Wilson in the following lap for 12th. Wilson would come back with an aggressive block pass, sending Alessi to the ground. With only three laps left, Alessi remounted and finished the race out in 13th.

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MotoConcepts Racing: DAYTONA Report

SPOKANE, WA (March 8, 2014) – The iconic Daytona International Speedway is home for the tenth round of the AMA Supercross Series. Held on the infield of the Speedway, this track is known for its soft, sandy soil that creates bottomless ruts and resembles an Outdoor National riding style. Smartop by MotoConcepts riders, Kyle Cunningham (#30/250) and Mike Alessi (#800/450), said they enjoyed the long track because it allowed for more opportunities to arise. As the 2014 Bike Week began, fans and motorcycles began to flood the legendary Speedway for some Daytona racing action.

Kyle Cunningham took off the start in the 250 Heat 1 around 8th place, one of the best starts he’s had all season. He positioned himself into 7th during the first lap of the race. On lap three, J. Bogle made his way up from 9th to 6th which placed Cunningham into 8th. In the same lap, Cunningham would make a pass on J. Starling following the straight-a-way section and second wall jump on the track. Now in 7th, Cunningham would hold on to this position for the duration of the race and transfer directly into the Main.

Cunningham would not pick up the start he had hoped for in the 250 Main event. Sitting in 15th, Cunningham knew he had a lot of ground to cover in the laps to come. By lap four, he would pass K. Peters for 13th and then A. Catanzaro for 12th. Making his way through the pack, Cunningham was on the prowl for a top ten finish. It took him 3 more laps to hunt down the #56 bike of J. Decotis and with 7 laps to go he set his sights on A. Martin. Cunningham would try to pass Martin several times throughout the final stretch of the race. It wasn’t until lap thirteen that he was able to make a clean and clear pass for 10th. As the checkered flag waved, Cunningham would cross the finish line in 9th due to a final lap crash by another rider. He currently sits in 8th in the points series and is looking forward to working on his starts this week with the Alessi’s in Florida.

Mike Alessi came to the line for the 450 Heat 1 in the 6th qualifying position from practice. He would grab an outstanding jump off the gate and pushed through the first corner with another Holeshot under his belt. Alessi would begin to pull away from Villopotto, putting a 1.6 second gap between him and #1. Just when he thought he’d be taking home another Heat race win, Villopotto snuck up from behind and passed Alessi on the 4th lap. Alessi would hold off J. Baricia for the remaining two laps of the race and finished the Heat in 2nd, transferring directly to the Main.

With his recently newfound confidence and speed, Alessi thought the Main event looked promising in Daytona. Unfortunately, once the 450’s took off and entered the first turn he collided with another rider and was ejected off his bike. He remounted on his bike and looked down to find his front break completely broken off its perch. He pulled in to the mechanics area where his mechanic, Dave Dye, cut the break line. By the time he rejoined the race he was in last place, but that wouldn’t stop Alessi from giving it everything he had to make up valuable positions. By lap nine he had finally caught up to the rest of the group and began passing riders. He went from 20th to 15th in just one lap and would pass C. Blose for 14th with eight laps to go. Even with his unfortunate start, Alessi was able to knuckle down and come out with a 14th place finish in Daytona and currently sits in 15th in the points series.

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MotoConcepts Racing: INDIANAPOLIS Report

SPOKANE, WA (March 1, 2014) – The ninth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series touched down in Indianapolis at one of the roughest and toughest tracks of the season. After a week of scrutiny and turmoil, the Smartop MotoConcepts rider, Mike Alessi (#800/450), was able to come back and have an exhilarating, successful night.  Kyle Cunningham (#30/250) would still be on the lookout for his own success story to tell but in the meantime he continued to charge through, making another top ten appearance. 

In the 250 Heat 2, Cunningham would find himself near the back of the pack as the lites riders took off the line in Indy. Trying to avoid the first turn pile up, Cunningham would cautiously keep his distance, setting him back even further. He pushed past five other riders and by the end of lap one he had already situated himself into 9th, a qualifying position. Cunningham would pass Starling for one more position and finished the Heat out in 8th, transferring straight into the Main event.  

Unfortunately, the 250 Main event was like a déjà vu for Cunningham. Once again, he found himself struggling for a sufficient position off the line and would fight hard throughout the race to pass as many as he could. Coming from 18th, Cunningham would work his way up to 12th by lap 7. With only three laps to go, Cunningham would make a final pass on A. Martin for 10th. Cunningham hopes to improve his starts in the weeks to come, intending to validate the speed he’s shown for a top 5 finish. 

Mike Alessi lined up on the gate this week with newfound confidence and determination from his career best finish last weekend in Atlanta. When the gate dropped, the Holeshot King snagged another distinctive start for the books. The likes of Villopoto, Dungey, Roczen, and Brayton allotted this race to be one stacked field. Alessi, poised with the lead, never looked back and attained his second Heat race win of the season. He also captured his first pole position in Supercross (top qualifier) for the Main event. 

Alessi stood next to his bike during staging for the 450 Main event infused with faith and willpower to take home another career best finish in Indy. The twenty-one 450’s shot off the gate chasing the back wheel of the #800 bike as he snatched yet another Holeshot in the Main event. Alessi would hold of R. Dungey during the first five laps of the race. A hard fought battle between the two ended when the Dunge snuck by after the steep wall jump. Eli Tomac would pressure Alessi for 2nd place as the two battled for the next couple laps. Alessi was relentless, his skill persevered, and he began to develop a gap between him and #3. He held on to this position for nine more laps, but just when he thought he would be walking away with his first podium since 2009, he cross rutted in the rhythm section before the triple and went flying over the bars. By the time he was able to remount and get his bike started, the fleet of riders had passed, leaving him to settle for 15th. Despite his unfortunate crash, Alessi would be leaving with a smile of success and belief in his heart that he can be a top contender amongst the best.

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MotoConcepts Racing: ATLANTA Report

SPOKANE, WA (February 22, 2014) – Round eight of the Monster Energy Supercross series headed to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, infamously known to be one of the biggest rounds of the season on the East Coast. A night that involved a controversial mishap with the Smartop MotoConcepts rider, Mike Alessi (#800/450), would soon be overshadowed by his season’s best finish and other accomplishments throughout the night.

Kyle Cunningham (#30/250) told us he had been working on his starts this past week in practice. The commitment seemed to be helping as he came off the line 7th in the second 250 Heat race. Once A. Cianciarulo fell down in the whoops, Cunningham made his pass on M. Lemoine, positioning himself into 5th. He was now pressuring the likes of J. Wentland and would make a clean and clear pass for 4th. With only 2 laps to go, Cunningham would move up one more position that put him inside the top three. A 3rd place qualifying position transferred him directly to the Main event and rewarded him a decent gate pick.

When the 250’s took off, Cunningham would find himself near the back of the pack, fighting for the adequate position he needed in the Main event. The 22 riders came across the finish line for the first lap and Cunningham would be sitting amongst them in 17th. Each lap he pushed himself to consistently make a pass and stay strong with his speed and by lap 15 he made it up to 9th. Unfortunately, a few small mistakes allowed a few other riders to pass and he finished the night in Atlanta in 12th. Cunningham currently sits in 8th for the series.

Mike Alessi started his night out with a great jump off the gate in the 450 Heat 2. He was the first one to approach the Nuclear Cowboys Holeshot corner however; he rolled out in 3rd behind Stewart and Hahn. During the first lap of the race B. Tickle would make a pass for 3rd and Alessi remained in 4th by holding off the #3 bike of E. Tomac for three more laps. With only one lap left, Tomac made his pass for 4th as Alessi fought for the final transfer spot into the Main. On the last lap, Tickle came up from behind and would pass for 5th but Alessi hung right behind him and quickly attempted to pass him back for the final transfer spot. Unfortunately, Alessi came into the corner too fast and at too sharp of an angle, colliding with #20. Luckily, neither of them were hurt and would be racing in the 450 Semi.

Despite what happened in the Heat race, Alessi, a veteran racer, dedicated the rest of his night to accomplishing success in other areas. He would clutch the Holeshot in the 450 Semi 2 and remained untouchable for the rest of the race. With a four second gap between him and second, Alessi would take home his first Semi win of the season along with boosted confidence for the Main event.

The 450 Main had been long awaited by the estimated 60,000 fans in the stadium. As soon as the gate dropped Alessi grabbed his characteristic Holeshot once again! With the elite rides behind him, Alessi would hold on to his position strong, building a three second gap between him Villopoto. It wasn’t until the 6th lap that he heard the Kawasaki machine closing in. A small mistake in the corner allowed Villo and Roczen to sneak by. Around the half way point Alessi started to find his groove and settled into 6th. He was determined and dedicated to finish the night out strong, preventing anyone else from making a pass. He crossed the finish line in his best position of the season and moved up 3 positions in points.

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MotoConcepts Racing: ARLINGTON Report

SPOKANE, WA (February 15, 2014) – The Smartop MotoConcepts team was excited to be in Arlington, Texas this past weekend for the debut of their East Coast rider Kyle Cunningham (#30/250), a Texas native who had several family members and friends in attendance showing their support. Mike Alessi (#800/450) was also thrilled to have another teammate under the MCR truck who, as he stated, transferred some of the pressure off of him and allowed him to relax and ride to his full potential. Unfortunately, Alessi endured a brutal impact to his head and shoulder in first practice that inhibited his ability to participate in the second timed practice. Despite his injuries, Alessi pulled it together to race in front of the 54,000 fans watching in the AT&T Cowboys Stadium Saturday night.

For the first time in 2014, Cunningham would take off the starting gate with 21 other riders in the second 250 Heat race. 15th wasn’t the position he had been hoping for to start his first race of the season in. Regardless, Cunningham would use the skills and speed he had built upon in the off season to charge past nine other riders and finish his first Heat race in 6th place.  

The East Coast 250 riders lined up to the gate for their first Main event of the season. The gate dropped and Cunningham would have another indistinguishable start as he found himself near the 15th position again during the first lap. He knew he needed to power through the pack in order to finish the race in the respectable position he desired. He would pass four riders during the first three laps and by lap seven he had made a crucial pass on Wharton for 8th. Cunningham told us, it wasn’t the result he had been anticipating, but 8th place was something he could build off of and would return to Atlanta fighting strong for a top position in the 250 class.

A bruised and battered Alessi lined up on the starting gate for the second 450 Heat race in Arlington. Remarkably, he was able to clutch a second place start behind J. Hill and held on to that position for three laps. Alessi was laying intense pressure on Hill and would make a pass on the outside for 1st. However, he was unaware of Roczen’s close proximity and left the door open on the inside for him to pass. Villopoto made his way up from the back which moved Alessi into 4th. His speed remained consistent and strong allowing him to finish the Heat race in 4th, transferring straight to the main event.

Alessi was confident in knowing his speed was there to contend for a top position in the main. However, the slick first turn took a toll on the #800 bike as interference from the inside knocked Alessi off the track and to the solid ground. Sadly, he struggled to restart his bike and by the time he re-entered the race he was already two laps behind. Despite the loss of time, Alessi put everything he had into making up any position that he could. Even with running a faster lap time than 6th place at one point, he was only able to make it up to 19th due to the precious time he lost in the beginning of the race.

We see Alessi making great strides in his raw speed and confidence. Unfortunately, a few mishaps have disabled him from performing to the best of his ability. With Atlanta coming up, we hope Alessi can finally catch a break and show his fans what he’s truly capable of.

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MotoConcepts Racing: SAN DIEGO Report

SPOKANE, WA (February 8, 2014) – The Monster Energy Supercross Championship landed its sixth round of the series in San Diego, which would be the final stop on the California coast. Team Smartop MotoConcepts rider, Mike Alessi (#800/450), had been riding smoothly and consistently in practice. In spite of this, he came up short on a jump in the rhythm section and injured his groin area. Unsure if he would be able to race the night show, Alessi visited the Asterisk’s truck, received some medical attention, and set the pain aside to race for his team and the fans in the Qualcomm stadium.

Alessi was placed in the second 450 Heat race of the night. Alessi took off the gate like a fire was burning in him. He came to the corner first but Nicoletti would clutch the holeshot from the inside line. Alessi remained in second for the first three laps of the race. Eventually, J. Stewart made a pass but Alessi was not allowing him by without a struggle. He kept close behind the Yoshimura Suzuki for another lap but a couple minor mistakes permitted two others to pass, giving him a ticket to the Semi.

This time, in the 450 Semi 2, Alessi would not surrender the holeshot to anyone but himself, as he snatched it away from the fifteen other riders on the gate. In the first lap, E. Tomac overtook the lead and Alessi moved into second, where he would stay for the remainder of the race.

It wasn’t the start he had hoped for, as the gate dropped for the 450 Main event. Alessi said, “Somebody from the outside cut right in front of me” and soon, he found himself off the track, trying to jump back in the race. By the time he could find a fair spot to rejoin the race, fourteen other riders had already passed and at the end of the first lap Alessi sat in 15th. Alessi would pass Goerke for 14th and by lap 4 he was up to 13th. Later on, Goerke would come back to steal his position and a battle would transpire between the two for 5 laps. Alessi prevailed and crossed the finish line in 14th, safe and proud that he pushed through the pain to race. He currently sits in 15th in the points series as the season moves east for more racing.  

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MotoConcepts Racing: ANAHEIM 3 Report

SPOKANE, WA (February 1, 2014) – The fifth round of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series made its third and final stop in Anaheim, California at Angels Stadium. The Smartop MotoConcepts team rider Mike Alessi (#800/450) said the track looked great and the dirt seemed to be tacky and well prepared for the day to come. Later in the evening he told us this has been his favorite Anaheim track of the season. This was demonstrated during practice when we saw Alessi put down some fast lap times that looked smooth and swift amongst the other guys. Although most have enjoyed the convenient SoCal locations, Alessi said he’s eager to travel east towards the sticky, rich clay that resembles dirt often found in Motocross.

Alessi took the stage in the second 450 Heat race of the night. The gate dropped and it was Alessi and Stewart who came to the corner first but Villopoto snuck in on the inside and stole the Holeshot away from them. An aggressive Alessi maintained his position and passed Villopoto as the two flew over the triple jump. Now in second behind Stewart, Alessi pushed harder to make a pass. They both entered the whoops section and Alessi began to gain speed. As the two entered the corner, high up on the berm, Alessi went for the pass on the inside. Unfortunately, he clipped the back wheel of Stewart and fell over. He wasn’t able to get his bike restarted in time so the 450 Semi would be his next stop for the night.

This time, when the gate dropped for the 450 Semi 2, Alessi was out front with a clean and clear Holeshot. He immediately began to pull away from the rest of the pack and by lap two he already claimed a two second lead on Tickle. On lap three, Alessi momentarily lost his flow in the rhythm section after the triple jump, which would cost him his lead. Barcia made his pass but Alessi sustained his speed and kept charging on. In the last lap of the race Alessi made another minor mistake that allowed Tickle to get by but he quickly shut the door on Hahn, who was attempting the pass as well. Alessi finished the race in 3rd and headed back to the pits with confidence flowing for the Main event.

The expectations for Alessi in the Main event were high, considering how fast and smooth he had been riding all day and night. When the 22 riders took off the start, Alessi made it to the first turn ahead of the pack. A few others managed to sneak by on the inside which pushed him into 7th as they approached the infamous triple jump. Nevertheless, Alessi quickly passed 3 other riders in the corner, one of which was J. Stewart. Now sitting in 4th, Alessi kept his momentum going but eventually Stewart would come back with the pass by lap three.  Sadly, towards the end of the third lap, Alessi’s back brake malfunctioned, locked up, and sent him out of the race for the night. A disappointed yet determined Alessi will be back strong for San Diego.

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MotoConcepts Racing: PHOENIX SX Report

SPOKANE, WA (January 11, 2014) – Phoenix, Arizona is home for the second round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. The Smartop MotoConcepts team rider, Mike Alessi (#800/450) spent the week in California working with Michael Byrne on his entrance and exit’s out of the corner, as well as maintaining his whoop speed. During practice at Chase Field, Alessi said he felt comfortable with his MCR 450 after making a few changes to his bike and suspension. He captured the 12th qualifying position as they entered the stadium for the nights’ events.

Once again, Alessi was placed in the first 450 Heat of the night. With a middle gate pick, Alessi shot off the line, barely missing the holeshot and grasped 2nd behind Weimer. The two remained in close proximity within the first 2 laps of the race. However, by the fourth lap Alessi had moved into 5th place which placed him outside of a transferring position and finished the race in 6th.

Alessi lined up for his first 450 Semi of 2014. When the gate dropped his back tire spun, which inhibited his ability to get the decent start he had hoped for. Coming out of the first corner Alessi sat in 7th. Alessi showed great skill as he hugged the inside line around corners allowing him to make some crucial passes in the first lap of the race. He held strong and charged on, determined to steal every position he could get. By the third lap Alessi passed Chisholm and Peick for 3rd and transferred into the Main event.

The 450 Main event brought many surprises and battles between several riders. For Alessi, it was one race he was not as proud of. He started off on the far inside line of the starting gate. As the 22 riders took off and came around the first corner, Alessi was squeezed out of the top positions and sat in 18th.  Within minutes, he began to pass a couple riders and by lap 4 he was up to 16th. Alessi made it to 14th by the half way point but unfortunately, transmission issues began to arise. Near the end of the race Alessi stalled his bike in a corner and lost 3 positions. He crossed the finish line and ended his night in Phoenix in 17th.

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MotoConcepts Racing: MotoConcepts Racing Announces Winner of Fan-Driven Rider Scholarship Program

SPOKANE, WA (January 13, 2014) – On December 13, MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) launched a unique scholarship program where fan voting contributed to the selection of a non-supported privateer rider who is the recipient of a fully supported and salaried position on the factory level MCR team.

MCR is pleased to announce Colton Aeck, #526, was selected as the scholarship recipient. “I’m pleased with the level of interest and support the scholarship program generated.  Our team looks forward to working with Colton for the remainder of the West Coast Supercross season and supporting his effort and helping him grow,” said MCR team owner Mike Genova.  “Colton will have our full support as he begins working with the team this week and will make his debut as an official MCR rider at this weekend’s race in Anaheim.”

Aeck will receive a 250cc racing bike, a 250cc practice bike, salary plus race-based performance bonus, paid expenses, training and support, sponsor benefits package and a race mechanic for the remaining 2014 250 West Coast Supercross season.  

In addition, if Aeck is able to finish in the top ten overall in the West Coast series, he will be granted a full 2014 MCR motocross contract.

The scholarship was granted based on the most fan votes received on MotoConcepts website, the winning rider’s overall performance at the first two West Coast races and overall character.

Aeck joins pro riders Mike Alessi and Kyle Cunningham on the MCR team.

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For more information about this scholarship program, contact:

Sandi Genova

509.321.3464

sgenova@motoconcepts.com

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MotoConcepts Racing: ANAHEIM 1 SX Report

SPOKANE, WA (January 4, 2014) – The first round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Anaheim, CA always seizes to excite the 60,000 attending fans and race teams, anxiously awaiting some Supercross madness. Team MotoConcepts by Smartop riders Mike Alessi (#800/450) and Kyle Cunningham (#30/250E) say they feel confident and excited about the upcoming supercross season. After working with Michael Byrne over in Florida, Alessi feels even more comfortable taking on the 2014 450SX Class.

The night started off with a bang as Alessi grabbed an outstanding, signature holeshot in the 450SX Heat 1. The nineteen other riders charged to the first corner as Alessi made his way into the rhythm section ahead of the pack. He held onto his lead throughout the entire race, keeping in mind everything he had learned and worked on during the off season. In the last lap of the race, Ryan Villopoto was approaching the #800 bike but Alessi wasn’t about to give up this potential win easily. In the final two corners of the race, Alessi chose a smart inside line, cutting Villopoto off from the steal and taking home his first Heat race win of his career.

Confidence and motivation overwhelmed Alessi as he lined up for his first 450SX Main Event of the year. Unfortunately, Alessi’s front wheel got caught in the gate as he took off just a second too soon. The mishap positioned him into last place, but only for a short while. After five laps, Alessi made his way past three other riders, and then another two in the following lap. Alessi pushed through the pack and made it up to 12th place by the end of lap ten. He held onto this position until he crossed the finish line for the first time in 2014. With his first Heat race win and ability to move up from last to 12th, Alessi has high hopes for the upcoming supercross season.

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EVS Sports and MotoConcepts Racing Team Up in 2014

Rancho Dominguez, CA (12/19/2013) - EVS Sports (EVS), the industry leader in motocross and street bike protective gear, is proud to announce that it has joined forces with MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) for the 2014 season. In the agreement, EVS will be the exclusive protection sponsor for riders Mike Alessi, Kyle Cunningham and the complete MCR team. EVS will also support a yet to be named rider who will earn a spot on the team through MCR’s 2014 250 West Coast Supercross Scholarship program.

MCR will also be supported by EVS Sports sister company, LIFT Safety (LIFT), manufacturers of Industrial and Mechanic Safety equipment. MCR’s crew and team members will put LIFT’s mechanic gloves, aprons and safety glasses to the test through a full season of Supercross and Motocross racing.

“We have been longtime supporters of Mike Alessi and it seemed fitting to step up and support the whole MotoConcepts team,” said EVS Sports Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, Todd Lentz. “The whole MotoConcepts organization is a breath of fresh air to the industry and they have shown time and again that they can compete with the factory teams. We are excited to be a part of MotoConcepts and look forward to a successful 2014 with them.”

“We are extremely excited to have EVS and LIFT Safety join the MotoConcepts Racing team,” stated MotoConcepts Racing’s Owner, Mike Genova. “EVS and LIFT Safety have made quality proven products that I know will help keep our riders and technicians safe throughout the season. We are extremely grateful for EVS, LIFT Safety’s and all of our other sponsors support and look forward to the season ahead of us.”

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MotoConcepts Racing Opens Voting for Fan-Driven Rider Scholarship Program

MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) has opened voting for the scholarship program announced last week.  Supercross fans can vote for qualified riders who submitted applications for the scholarship on the MotoConcepts website, www.motoconcepts.com.

This unique scholarship program allows fan voting to contribute to the selection of a non-supported privateer rider who will be the recipient of a fully supported and salaried position on the factory level MCR team.  "We believe there are many talented riders that deserve to be a part of a factory level team.  We want to couple that with serving the Supercross fan base by adding the fan favorite to the MCR team” says team owner, Mike Genova.


The winning rider will receive a 250cc racing bike, a 250cc practice bike, salary plus race-based performance bonus, paid expenses, training and support, sponsor benefits package and a race mechanic for the 2014 250cc West Coast Supercross season.  

In addition, if the scholarship recipient is able to finish in the top ten overall in the West Coast series, he will be granted a full 2014 Motocross contract.

The scholarship will be granted based on the most fan votes on the MotoConcepts website, the winning rider’s overall performance at the first two West Coast races, along with a personal review and ability to pass the team physical and illegal substance screening.

The winning rider will become a full MCR team rider beginning with the A2 race on January 18, 2014.

Fan voting runs through January 12, 2014 at www.MotoConcepts.com.

Interested riders can still submit an application online through MotoConcepts website, www.MotoConcepts.com. Applications will be accepted through January 8, 2014, and eligible riders will be added to the online ballot.

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MotoConcepts Racing Launches Fan-Driven Rider Scholarship Program

On December 6, MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) is launching a unique scholarship program where fan voting will contribute to the selection of a non-supported privateer rider who will be the recipient of a fully supported and salaried position on the factory level MCR team.

The winning rider will receive a 250cc racing bike, a 250cc practice bike, salary plus race-based performance bonus, paid expenses, training and support, sponsor benefits package and a race mechanic for the 2014 250cc West Coast Supercross season.  

In addition, if the scholarship recipient is able to finish in the top ten overall in the West Coast series, he will be granted a full 2014 Motocross contract.

The scholarship will be granted based on the most fan votes on the MotoConcepts website, the winning rider’s overall performance at the first two West Coast races, along with a personal review and ability to pass the team physical and drug test.

The winning rider will become a full MCR team rider beginning with the A2 race on January 18, 2014.

MotoConcepts Racing believes there are many talented, but unsponsored riders who deserve an opportunity to race as a sponsored team member. MCR wants fan input to determine who will join pro riders Mike Alessi and Kyle Cunningham on their racing team.

Fan voting begins online December 13 and runs through January 12, 2014 at www.MotoConcepts.com.

All licensed riders registered to participate in the 2014 West Coast 250cc Supercross series are eligible for this scholarship. 

Interested riders can request an application by emailing info@MotoConcepts.com or can fill-out an application online at the MotoConcepts website, www.MotoConcepts.com. Applications will be accepted through January 8, 2014, and eligible riders will be added to the online ballot.

This is a unique opportunity for West Coast Supercross fans to pick the next MotoConcepts Racing Team sponsored rider for 2014.

For more information about this scholarship program, contact:

Sandi Genova

509.321.3464

sgenova@motoconcepts.com

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