During the 1st round of the US Motocross Series in Prairie City, CA, Jagermeister-KTM rider Mike Alessi reinforced that the KTM 350 SX-F is a bike that can run with the 450cc machines.
Alessi finished 4th in Moto One and came back to win Moto Two for 2nd overall at the opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Hangtown Classic.
The week started for Alessi at the Hangtown press conference at the State Capitol building on Thursday morning.
Alessi was repeatedly questioned by competitors and media for his choice in racing a 350 SX-F machine – 100cc less than the competition.
Alessi answered the skeptics during the second moto on Saturday afternoon when he pulled the holeshot on his new machine and led every lap of the race – earning the bikes first U.S. win.
Alessi’s second moto win coupled with his 4th place finish in moto one after a great battle with Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps earned the KTM rider 2nd overall for the day.
Alessi now sits 2nd in points, just two points behind leader Chad Reed.
Motocross Class Overall Results
1. Chad Reed, (1-3)
2. Mike Alessi, KTM (4-1)
3. Davi Millsaps, (3-2)
4. Brett Metcalfe, (5-4)
5. Josh Grant, (2-10)
Motocross Class Championship Standings
1. Chad Reed, 45
2. Mike Alessi, KTM, 43
3. Davi Millsaps, 42
4. Brett Metcalfe, 34
5. Josh Grant, 33
Next Event: Round 2- Freestone MX – June 5, 2010