Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Mike Alessi earned his season best finish at the Seattle Supercross when he crossed the line in 6th overall at the end of the rough twenty lap main event.
Both Alessi and his teammate Andrew Short looked strong upon arrival at Qwest Field when Short qualified 4th fastest in timed practice and Alessi was 10th. Both riders were placed in the first heat based upon their qualifying times.
It was in the heat race where Alessi first showed the Seattle crowd that he was Ã¢Â€Â˜Ready to RaceÃ¢Â€Â™ when he earned another signature holeshot aboard his KTM 350 SX-F. Alessi maintained the lead for the majority of the first lap before he was passed by James Stewart. Short was next to pass Alessi and moved into 2nd. Both Short and Alessi maintained their top three positions to qualify into the main event. Collectively their 2nd and 3rd place heat finishes marked the best for the duo this season.
Alessi had another decent start when the gate dropped for the main event, rounding the first corner in 6th position. He quickly moved into 4th when two riders bobbled through the whoops and continued to charge forward. On the next lap he made a pass on Kevin Windham to take 3rd and even closed in on Chad Reed for 2nd on the following lap. Alessi made a mistake in the whoops on the fourth lap and allowed Windham to get back around. Alessi maintained 4th position until the eighth lap when he got cross-rutted on a triple and went over the bars landing on the cement pad on the side of the race track. He quickly recovered only losing two positions. Two laps later, Ryan Dungey suffered a crash and allowed Alessi to regain 5th position. That position swap was short-lived when Alessi suffered another set back in the same section he crashed in earlier, this time landing off the track but safely riding it out to reenter behind Dungey once again. Once back on course, Alessi held his pace and went on to finish his best race this season with a 6th place result.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI felt really good all day today and my bike was working great. I have really picked up my training program as I begin preparation for the longer motos outdoors and it is paying off. I am excited for the break this weekend and looking forward to spending some time at home before heading to Salt Lake City,Ã¢Â€Â remarked Alessi.
AlessiÃ¢Â€Â™s teammate, Short, did not have the race he anticipated. Short had a great jump off the line but came together with Windham and then collided with Austin Stroupe sending both riders to the ground in the first turn. Short was slow to recover as the bike had landed on his leg in the crash and he was also left with a broken clutch lever. Despite starting approximately 40 seconds down from the leaders and without a clutch lever, he charged forward to finish 10th overall at the end of the race.
Short commented, Ã¢Â€ÂœAs bad as the main event went for me, I am actually excited about my night in Seattle. I rode great in practice and in my heat and am pleased with the progress I am making. I am not particularly found of the deep rutted courses and it was rewarding to know that I was competitive with my lap times tonight. ItÃ¢Â€Â™s unfortunate that I had some set backs in the main event but overall I am pretty happy with how I rode tonight. I am looking forward to the final two races.Ã¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â
Next Event: Salt Lake City, UT Ã¢Â€Â“ April 30, 2011
Dany Torres of Spain triumphed on Friday evening in the opening round of the 2011 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour in Dubai. A crowd of 15,000 fans witnessed the exciting freestyle motocross showdown set on the beach in front of the luxurious metropolis on the Persian Gulf.
All Photos Courtesy Red Bull
DUBAI, UAE Ã¢Â€Â“ A sand palace in front of the skyline of Jumeirah Beach, sold-out stands and a surprise victory were the ingredients for a superlative season-opener. The 23-year-old Torres of Spain pulled out all the stops in the final jump and beat one of the pre-event favorites, Andre Villa of Norway, to claim the victory. It was TorresÃ¢Â€Â™ fifth victory in the history of the Red Bull X-Fighters since its creation in 2001. Torres, who uncharacteristically qualified in the bottom six, had to compete in four runs versus three for the top six qualifiers, who have an automatic bye into the quarterfinals.
Defending series champion Nate Adams was unexpectedly knocked out in the semifinals and had to settle for third place. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe pressure was enormous and the level of the competition was really high,” he said. “IÃ¢Â€Â™ll be back ready to fight in Brazil.Ã¢Â€Â
New ZealandÃ¢Â€Â™s Levi Sherwood, famous around the world for his tremendous flexibility and two Red Bull X-Fighters event wins, was making his competitive comeback after breaking his femur last year, but he wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t able to finish any higher than fifth place, behind Aussie rider Blake “Bilko” Williams. Sherwood did win the event’s Swatch “Best Move” award.
The athletes, as usual, put on a spectacular show, with leaps of more than 40 feet high that defied the laws of gravity, as DubaiÃ¢Â€Â™s crown prince, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, watched enthusiastically. The second stop of the World Series takes place in Brasilia (May 28), followed by Rome (June 24), Madrid (July 15), Warsaw (August 6) and Sydney (September 17).
Final results – Red Bull X-Fighters Dubai:
1. Dany Torres (ESP)
2. Andre Villa (NOR)
3. Nate Adams (USA)
4. Blake Williams (AUS)
5. Levi Sherwood (NZL)
6. Eigo Sato (JPA)
7. Robbie Maddison (AUS)
8. Adam Jones (USA)
9. Taka Higashino (JPA)
10. Rob Adelberg (AUS)
11. Lance Coury (USA)
12. Jackson Strong (AUS)
TV VIEWING NOTE: Red Bull X-Fighters Dubai will air on FUEL TV on Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m.
James Stewart wins Seattle Supercross by leading all 20 laps of the Main Event. With the win James pulls to within nine points of the series leader Ryan Villopoto. In the return of the West Coast Lites series, it’s Cole Seely with the win. Broc Tickle takes over the points lead, as Josh Hansen battles thru injuries finishing sixth
It’s the Seattle Supercross from Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks – Round 15 of the 2011 AMA Supercross Series! Four riders are still in contention for the Supercross championship: Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and James Stewart, now separated by only nine points. 52,683 fans in the ‘Emerald City’ get to witness the best Supercross season in history.
Earlier this week there was a shakeup in the series as Trey Canard was injured earlier in the week practicing for the outdoors. Trey will miss the remaining rounds of the supercross series. Click here to read the press release from American Honda and to leave Trey a ‘Get Well’ message.
250 West Qualifying Heat 1
Holeshot in the six lap qualifier goes to Cole Seely, followed closely by Broc Tickle. Broc passes Seely early on first lap but before Seely passed him back quickly.
Lap two it’s Seely, Tickle, Rattray, Morais, Baker, Week, Evans. Cole and Tickle battle neck and neck through laps three and four.
As the checkered flag falls, its Cole Seely with his first Heat 1 win of the season, just edging out Broc Tickle by 0.054 seconds. Tyla Rattray finishes 3rd, followed by the rest of the top nine, all who qualify for tonight’s main event: Morias, Baker, Week, Evans, Ingalls and Tapia.
250 West Qualifying Heat 2
Holeshot in heat 2 goes to Josh Hansen with Martin Davalos right on his tail!
On the second lap, it’s Hansen who sheds time and loses the pack. Tomac passes Davolos, with today’s top qualifier Kyle Cunningham in 4th. Cunningham passes Davalos on lap four and on lap five, with the white flag out, Cunningham gains speed and effortlessly passes Eli Tomac who bobbled on lap four.
Josh Hansen wins Heat 2, his sixth heat race win of the year! This after a bad hand and collarbone injury in today’s practice.
With a strong ride, Kyle Cunningham finishes 2nd, followed by Eli Tomac in 3rd. Also qualifying for tonight’s main event: Davalos, Paluzzi, Steinke, Nauditt, Mull, and Bright.
Josh Hansen after his Heat 2 win, “I just keeps hurting my damn paw and that sucks. I dislocated my hand and the bone didn’t break through the skin, because there is already so much metal in it. A big thank you to Asterisk for helping me out.”
Supercross Qualifying Heat 1
Mike Alessi gets the holeshot in this 8 lap Supercross qualifer and leads for half a lap, but James Stewart quickly passes Alessi going into the first whoops section!
Austin Stroupe then passes Alessi, but goes down on lap two, as a result Andrew Short and Alessi pass Austin.
On lap three it’s Stewart, Short, Alessi, with Chad Reed in 6th. Stewart is racing his own race come Lap 5, he’s way out in front of the rest of the pack.
Lap 6 Chad Reed goes for a pass on Blose and Regal, but goes down and drops to eighth.
At the finish it’s James Stewart with the win followed by Andrew Short in 2nd and Mike Alessi in third. The other qualifiers for tonight’s main event are Stroupe, Regal, Blose, Reed, Sieblet, and Thomas.
James Stewart after his Heat 1 win, “The track is gnarly man! I had a great time. I’m going to go back to the rig and grab a cup of coffee to warm up and get back out here!”
Supercross Qualifying Heat 2
Holeshot goes to Ryan Dungey followed by Ivan Tedesco and Kevin Windham. On the first lap K-Dub passes Dungey for first going into the first whoops section, but Dungey passes him back.
Lap two, the crowd goes crazy as Windham passes Dungey again, while Ryan Villopoto follows behind in third. On lap three Millsaps in fourth, but loses it in the ruts and goes down. On lap four it’s still Windham in first as Villopoto swaps places with the champ Dungey to move into second, but not without a fight.
Ryan and Ryan Battle back and forth, almost as they are playing with each other for the next two laps. Windham still in the lead, but Villopoto starts to gain on him, as lappers slow K-Dub.
On the final lap it’s Kevin Windham with the Heat 2 victory, followed by Villopoto and Dungey in third. Wey, Tedesco, Tommy Hahn, Bowers, Millsaps and Friese all qualifier for tonight’s Supercross main event.
Windham after his Heat 2 victory, “The track was deteriorating something crazy. This track you can’t get too excited on, you really have to take your time and keep it on two wheels.”
250 West LCQ
Winning the The DC Shoes “Refuse to Lose” Lites LCQ is Donald Vawser (208), also qualifying for the main event is Parker Eckman (647). Just missing tonight’s main event is Alex Ray (314), he picks up the $250 Asterisk Gas card. With the high gas prices these days, that should get him 1/2 a tank of gas.
Michael Byrne wins The DC Shoes “Refuse to Lose” Supercross LCQ and will go on to the Supercross main event along with Fabien izoird. Tye Simmonds (942) just missed tonight’s main event, but gets to take home the $250 Asterisk Gas Card.
250 West Main Event – 15 laps
It’s Cole Seely with the holeshot followed by his teammate Travis Baker and Broc Tickle. On lap three Seely almost goes down, but somehow saves it, Tickle gets a little closer.
Josh Hansen looses speed and on lap three he’s passed by Kyle Cunningham. On lap five Kyle Cunningham goes down and finds himself in seventh place. Putting Josh Hansen comfortable in fourth place.
Half way thru the main event Eli Tomac gets in a rhythm, as he’s still in second place. It’s lap nine and Tyla Rattray passes Hansen, who leaves the line wide open for Cunningham to make the pass as well. Tomac makes the pass on Broc Tickle with just three laps to go, as Broc makes a mistake in the whoops.
As the checkered flag falls, it’s Cole Seely winning the Seattle Supercross 250 West Main Event, his second win of the season. Eli Tomac finishes in second and Broc Tickle rounds out the podium with his third place finish. Rounding out the top 10 are Rattray, Cunningham, Hansen (sixth), Morias, Davalos, Baker and Steinke.
Cole Seely after winning the Lites main event, “I got fired up after qualifiers, went back to my truck, got on my spinner, spun as fast as could and turned it around I guess.”
The 250 West Region now has Pro Circuit’s Broc Tickle taking over the points lead from teammate Josh Hansen, and Cole Seely gets the second win of his career.
Supercross Main Event – 20 laps
Ivan Tedesco gets the Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot, followed closely by James Stewart and Chad Reed, both easily pass Tedesco going into the second turn. Millsaps, Short and Stroupe go down hard. Stroupe is down and out of the race.
On lap two it’s James stewart, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham and Mike Alessi, who is having his best ride of the season. Lap four Villopoto is in eighth place as Dungey sits back in 10th after a bad start. Windham blows by Alessi for third as they make their way thru the whoops on lap six.
Lap five James is eight seconds ahead of Chad and flying! Windham in third with Alessi in fourth, Kyle Regal fifth. Lap seven Ryan Villopoto passes Regal for fifth position! Stroupe gets up after being down all this time and slowly walks off the track.
Lap eight Stewart is almost nine seconds ahead of Chad Reed who’s in second, followed by Windham and Alessi. Lap 10 Villopoto gets around Alessi for fourth and Dungey fights his way up to sixth.
Dungey loses control of his bike after hitting a rut with eight laps to go and falls back to sixth as Alessi makes the pass. With seven laps to go Dungey and Alessi are battling, Dungey passes Alessi after Alessi takes a detour off the track.
Ryan Dungey going down twice, and popping back up into fifth position is incredible! On lap 17 James Stewart sits pretty in first, Chad Reed in second, and last year’s Seattle Supercross winner Kevin Windham in third.
Lap 18 Reed goes down, over the bars. His front tire hits him and then he’s passed by Windham! RV tries to pass Reed, but Reed blocks him! RV goes down on the LAST LAP – 4th place!
The Supercross 20 lap Main Event win goes to James Stewart, followed by Kevin Windham and Chad Reed. RV finishes in fourth, Dungey fifth and Mike Alessi with his best ride of the year finishes sixth.
Stewart pulls to within 9 points of the series leader Ryan Villopoto, who finished 4th. Kevin Windhamfinishes in second, as he takes advantage of Chad Reed who falls with two laps remaining. With his third place finish, Reed moves into second in the points series, as Dungey drops to third. Never in Supercross history has there been such a close championship race between the top four riders, with only nine points separating them, and with only two races to go!
Chad Reed, “Seemed like I had a good setup for tonight, there was small issue with my brakes, but I’m happy with how it ended up. Looking forward to next weekend!”
K-Dub, “Better late then never and what a better place to do it than Seattle!”
James Stewart, “The track looks like a hair comb out there. It always feels so good to get a win like that. I’m excited to go to the next race in Salt Lake City like that. I plan on giving it my best!”
Stay tuned to Supercross.com as the 2011 Supercross Series continues with round 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, April 30!
Motocandy’s Girl of the month for March, as voted on by the fans of Supercross.com, is Cecilie Elise. Cecilie is from Pana, Illinois where she’s going to school to get her bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism. Learn more about Cecilie from her interview with Motocandy and check out her photo gallery.
I started out modeling 5 years ago. I was at a Hot Import Nights car show in Chicago and they came up to me wanting me to participate as a model at the show. I greatly enjoyed it and decided it was something I wanted to pursue, I’ve been doing it ever since!
When was your first motocross experience?
My dad took me to my first Supercross when I was 10 years old. I was hooked from then on! The races are so exciting!! I go to races every year. The sport is so competitive and you just never know what the outcome of each race will be! And mmm the smell of racing fuel just makes me want to get out there and join!
Do you ride? If so what?
Yes, I ride a Yamaha 125. I love the bike! The bike probably doesn’t love me though, I’m not the best at riding it! Haha
What else do you do? Day job? School?
Right now I am a manager at a Verizon store. I also have one year of school left before I complete my bachelors degree in Broadcast Communications. It’s such a great field and you meet many interesting people, not to mention I get to be on t.v.!
What are your goals?
I want to become a news anchor for a major television station, maybe write a book some day, and also be a Transworld pin-up girl in the near future!! 😉
Who do you want to win the 2011 Supercross?
Well I was all for Ryan Dungey to win, but with James Stewart impersonating a cop last week, he now has greattt marks in my book! I thought that was hilarious! So go Bubba!!!
Who is your favorite rider of all time?
My favorite rider has to be Travis Pastrana. He is such an amazing racer and does so many crazy tricks, you just got to love him!
What do you think about girls racing Supercross someday?
Heck yeah! I’m all for beating boys at things they only think their good at! Girl Power!!! haha
It’s Round 15 and the wet weather conditions from the Seattle Supercross delayed today’s practice. The old man, Kevin Windham gets the first gate pick with the best lap time of 52.035 seconds. He won the Seattle Supercross last year, can he do it again? The second gate pick goes to James Stewart with a best lap time of 52.039 seconds, followed by Ryan Dungey (52.719), Andrew Short (52.809), and Ryan Villopoto (52.878) rounding out the top 5. Chad Reed had the 6th best time (52.931), while the 2011 Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers finished 23rd with a a best lap time of 58.491 seconds.
In the West region lites class it’s Kyle Cunningham who gets the first gate pick with a best lap time of 53.425 seconds, followed by Cole Seely (53.539), Martin Davalos (53.974), Tommy Weeck (54.497), and Josh Hansen (54.634) rounding out the top 5. Broc Tickle will get the 6th pick with a best lap of 54.656 seconds, while Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac had the 7th best lap time of 54.908 seconds.