Alessi started decently in the first moto before suffering a crash in the second turn. By the time he crossed the finish line at the end of lap one, he was sitting in 30th place. Meanwhile, his teammate, Short, got a great start and was sitting in 5th place. By lap two Alessi had already passed seven riders, he passed four more on lap three and three more on lap four. Now sitting in 16th, he quickly began to close on fellow KTM riders Tye Simmonds and Kevin Rookstool. Alessi was able to make the pass on both riders to move into 14th. He continued to push and made three more passes by the halfway point to move into 11th. He closed in on Jimmy Albertson for 10th and made the pass into the top ten on lap twelve and one lap later passed Byrne for 9th. He maintained his pace and finished a hard fought 9th overall at the end of moto one. Short battled inside the top five throughout the entire moto and put in one of his most impressive motos this season to finish 5th.