Whether you heard good or bad things about them, two things are certain: You have heard of them, and they are fast! Mike and Jeff Alessi have been coming up in the motocross ranks in the last few years. Mike made his pro debut last year racing selected rounds of the Motocross series, moving straight to the 250 class. Although he did have impressive results, Alessi was heavily criticized for having preempted his performance with a lot of talk and "hype."This year both Mike and Jeff are planning their first full-assault on the outdoor series. Mike aboard a factory Red Bull KTM 250 four-stroke in the 125 class, and younger brother Jeff on a factory support KTM 450 SX in the 250 class. DR got a chance to sit down with the Alessis at the Glen Helen Prequel last weekend and chat about the upcoming Motocross Championships. See what they've been up to, their thoughts on the competition and what each of their expectations are heading into the season.Jeff AlessiHe may be following in Mike's footsteps by making the move straight to the 250 class, but don't think we're about to see a replay of last year. Jeff says he's learned from his brother's mistakes. He talks about his modest expectations, his thoughts on fellow 250-class riders and why he's jumping straight to the big 450.DR: Where have you been the last few months?
Jeff: Pretty much just training and riding with my brother, trying to ready for this outdoor season that's coming up. I'm really looking forward to the outdoor Nationals. I'm working as hard as I can and I know I can be really good this year._Why the move to the 250 class instead of the 125 class?_
I just feel more comfortable on —kind of like the same thing Michael did last year. I rode it a lot during this year and got adapted to the bike. I never really got to ride the 250F because it was production; I grew towards the 450 four-stroke and there wasn't really enough time for me to start practicing on the 250F. It's a great bike, but right now, I'm better on the 450._What are your expectations going into this season?_
I want to get top 15. I want to finish every moto and be consistent. I want to try to do good each and every race—stay consistent and not do tenth one moto and DNF the next. I think the more experience I get, the better I'll do every round._Last year, your brother had a tough time in the outdoor series. Do you think any of that has affected you?_
No, it hasn't really affected me. I like to look at what he did wrong and make sure I don't do the same thing. He told me what he did wrong and what I need to do in the outdoors to keep my head on straight. So now I'm basically doing what he's been telling me.How is your relationship with the other riders?
I don't really know a lot of the pro racers. I know Ricky and Chad a little—I've talked to those guys a bit. I think they're great racers. I think everyone in the 250 class, not to mention the 125 class, are really good people. They all want to do what Ricky, myself and all the other guys want to do; they all want to go out there and win. Those guys work really hard and I know if I want to do good this year, I need to work just as hard.