Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Mike Alessi and Andrew Short finished inside the top ten at the seventh round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Spring Creek Raceway in Millville, MN. Alessi finished an impressive 4th overall while Short earned 8th overall for the day.
Alessi earned a decent start in the moto one rounding the first corner inside the top five. His teammate, Short, was slightly farther behind sitting in 12th. Alessi remained in 4th position until lap three when he was able to get around Trey Canard for 3rd position. He was able to hold his position for the next five laps of the race until lap nine when Ryan Villopoto began his charge. Villopoto made the pass on Alessi on the tenth lap to take over 3rd position. Alessi dropped to 4th and maintained his pace to secure that position for moto one.
Meanwhile, Short was busy climbing through the pack. When Tommy Hahn had an issue on lap two, Short moved into 11th. On the next lap Short passed Kevin Windham for 10th place. He remained in that position for two more laps while he reeled in Jimmy Albertson. He quickly moved around Albertson and began to set his sights on fellow KTM rider Tye Simmonds. He passed Simmonds for 8th and then began work on Jake Weimer. As they neared the halfway mark he made his way around Weimer to secure 7th place. He held strong for the second half of the race and finished in 7th.
In moto two, Alessi earned another 5th place start while Short was sitting in 10th. Alessi passed Weimer for 4th on lap three and remained in that position through the checkered flag. His 4-4 results earned him 4th overall for the day. Short raced around 10th position for the majority of the second moto before making a pass on Kevin Windham for 9th near the end of the moto. Short’s 7-9 results placed him in 8th overall.
“The second moto was difficult for me. It was very humid out and the heat began to wear on me. I definitely had a hard time charging through the pack. I was glad I was able to get Kevin (Windham) at the end,” remarked Short.
Next Event: Washougal Motocross – July 23, 2011