MotoConcepts Racing: NEW JERSEY Report
SPOKANE, WA (April 26, 2014) – Monster Energy Supercross hasn’t seen the New York, New Jersey metropolitan area since 1991 for the reason that poor attendance numbers and unpredictable weather conditions restricted any financial gain in previous years. With a crowd over 62,000 and exceptional media coverage, the sixteenth round of Supercross in East Rutherford, NJ marked one of the most successful races all year. Team Smartop by MotoConcepts rider, Mike Alessi (#800/450), also received additional publicity this weekend as he was featured in the Wall Street Journal and appeared on a twenty foot display in the MetLife Stadium pit area. He and Kyle Cunningham (#30/250) pitted out of the Teddy Parks trailer this past weekend since their semi stayed on the west coast to get ready for Outdoors.
Cunningham would line up for the 250 Heat 2 in the 7th qualifying position out of practice. He grabbed an advantageous position off the start which put him into 3rd by lap two. Unfortunately, the infamous red flag appeared early in the race alerting the riders to exit the track to offer immediate medical attention to another rider. Lining up to the gate for the second time, Cunningham would come out of the first turn in 4th. He held onto this position during the first lap of the race, trailing behind J. Martin for 3rd. Once Martin made his pass for 2nd, Cunningham began to pressure the GIECO Honda bike of M. Bisceglia for 3rd. The two remained within a bike link distance of each other for the rest of the race. Cunningham would finish the Heat out in 4th, transferring directly into the Main.
The 250’s took the line for the Main event with Cunningham sitting along the right side of the dog house. Once the gate dropped, he found himself squeezed out of the front line and fell into the middle of the pack. He made some immediate passes in the next few corners that positioned him into 7th place by the end of the first lap. Despite the rough, muddy track conditions and the downpour that started at the beginning of the race, Cunningham was able to keep it up on two wheels and ride clean for the entire duration of the race. He sat in the 7th position the majority of the time until the last five laps, where he was able to pass A. Martin who slid out in a corner. Crossing the finish line in 6th, Cunningham will be leaving the East Coast 6th in points.
Mike Alessi finished practice in the 6th qualifying position for the day. He took his position on the line in the 450 Heat 1 directly to the left of the dog house, his favorite spot to be. When the gate dropped, Alessi was out front once again grabbing that holeshot he’s so familiar with. Canard followed Alessi on the outside line through the rhythm section and made a quick pass. Stewart wasn’t too far behind; in the same corner he chose the inside line and moved up to 2nd. Now sitting in 3rd, Alessi continued to push hard and followed Stewart within in a close distance. Tomac would begin to pressure #800 until the last lap of the race where he made his move and placed Alessi into 4th. With only one lap to go, Alessi would finish strong and advance to the Main event, skipping a potentially hazardous and exhausting Semi.
The 450 Main event had the MetLife crowd raging with excitement. The twenty-two, four-stroke motors roared loud and took off the gate leaving only mud behind them. Alessi barely missed the holeshot as he came around the first turn in 2nd place. As they came around the second lap, J. Hill followed Alessi into the rhythm section but carried more momentum to come out ahead in 2nd. Tomac was right behind the two trying to pass for 3rd but he waited until he could triple the following rhythm to make a clean pass on the outside. For seven more laps, Alessi remained in 4th place, throwing his Suzuki machine around the track. Unfortunately around the 9th lap, a sweep of three riders, Dungey, Barcia and Roczen, came up on Alessi and made their way past, politely and clean. Alessi held onto 7th place for the remainder of the race, keeping his speed and composure to finish in 7th. Alessi is looking for a top ten finish in the points series by the time Vegas rolls around.