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.