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.