Red Bull/KTM 450 Riders Finish Top Ten at Washougal Motocross
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.
In moto two, Alessi and Short both had great starts well within the top ten. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged on the first lap after Trey Canard crashed and broke his femur. The race restarted, and Short was able to garner another good start coming around the first corner in 7th. Alessi had worse luck and came around the first corner mid-pack. Still on the first lap, Short was racing in 7th position when he spun out and fell back to 11th. He spent the next laps breaking back into the top ten and eventually found himself in a long battle for 8th position with Jake Weimer. Short eventually got around him and was holding 8th place on the last lap when he stalled his bike and dropped back two positions. He finished the moto in 10th place. Alessi put together another solid come from behind charge and worked from his mid-pack start back to 6th in the second moto.
“I had bad luck on the starts of both motos today,” commented Alessi. “But I felt really good on this track and was able to move forward pretty quickly. I would have liked to finish inside the top five, but overall I feel pretty happy with my results given the starts that I had today.”
Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin made his return to the 250 class at Washougal after sitting out the last seven weeks recovering from injury. He had a great first moto, finishing 10th overall. “I was very happy with my first moto. My hand felt good and I didn’t feel too tired. I just tried to ride a safe race and put together a solid moto,” remarked Musquin.Ã‚Â
Musquin was showing his speed again in the second moto when he moved from his 12th place start up to 9th position by the halfway point. Unfortunately, Musquin suffered a crash in the whoop section near the end of the second moto which dropped him to 18th. With only a few laps left, he was not able to make up the positions he lost and he finished 18th in that moto. His 10-18 results earned him 14th overall for the day.
Next Event: Unadilla – August 13, 2011