Jagermeister/KTM rider Mike Alessi earned 5th overall at the 11th round of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship Series at Steel City. – KTM Racing News
Delmont, PA – Jagermeister/KTM rider Mike Alessi earned another top five finish at the 11th round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Steel City Raceway.
Alessi started the day off well turning practice times within the top five overall fastest times. After both practices he sat 5th overall in combined practice times. His fifth place gate pick slotted him on the very inside line at the start of moto one.
When the gate dropped, Alessi launched off the line and rounded the first corner around 7th place. Alessi maintained his pace and was able to hold on to his 7th place spot through the remainder of the race. “My goal was to finish inside the top five but I couldn’t find a rhythm once I got going and I just tried to maintain my place and not lose any positions,” remarked Alessi.
In the second moto, Alessi improved his start and came around the first corner around 5th. He maintained that place for the first lap before losing one position and falling to 6th. A few laps later he began a battle with Ryan Sipes for his position. Sipes eventually passed Alessi a few laps into the race. Alessi kept Sipes within his view for the remainder of the race but was not able to close the gap. Alessi eventually finished 7th in the moto. His 7-7 moto results earned 5th overall for the day.
FMF/KTM rider Phil Nicoletti filled in for the injured Tommy Searle for the third weekend in a row in the 250 class. Nicoletti qualified 15th overall in timed practice times and began to prepare for the main event.
In moto one, Nicoletti garnered a 10th place start and finished the first lap one position down. He raced around that position for the majority of the moto before trouble struck. First Nicoletti had a rock stuck in his front brake which caused problems early on and later he encountered a mechanical problem that caused him to not finish the race.
In the second moto, Nicoletti rounded the first turn around 12th position. Nicoletti quickly began defending his position from the hard charging riders behind. He maintained his position until the halfway point when bad luck struck again. Nicoletti was once again forced to withdrawal from the race. “I am bummed with my results the past two weekends. I have been close to the top ten the past few races and have just had fluke problems come up that have caused me to not finish the races. I still have one race left on the factory team and I would like to get a top ten finish for my team,” stated Nicoletti.
Next Event: Pala, CA – September 11, 2010
Overall Results 450 Class –
1. Kevin Windham (1-2)
2. Brett Metcalfe (2-3)
3. Justin Brayton (5-4)
4. Andrew Short (4-5)
5. Mike Alessi (7-7)
Overall Results 250 Class –
1. Trey Canard (1-1)
2. Christophe Pourcel (2-2)
3. Tyla Rattray (3-4)
4. Eli Tomac (4-5)
5. Broc Tickle (7-8)