News 26 Nov 2010

Oz SX: Sydney round will mark final Super X for Mike Alessi

Mike Alessi, pictured with Parramatta Eels NRL star Nathan Hindmarsh, will return to the U.S. after tomorrow night's Sydney Super X.

Mike Alessi, pictured with Parramatta Eels NRL star Nathan Hindmarsh, will return to the U.S. after tomorrow night

Tomorrow night’s penultimate round of the Monster Energy Super X, Australasian Supercross Championship will mark American Mike Alessi’s final appearance on Australian soil for 2010 after being asked to return home by new U.S. KTM team manager Roger DeCoster.

Alessi has suffered a host of bad luck since the Super X season commenced at Newcastle in October, his best result coming at Canberra’s third round when he placed fifth aboard the JDR Motorex KTM 350 SX-F.

However, Sydney’s sixth round of the series to be held at Parramatta Stadium will mark Alessi’s final appearance of the year despite previously committing to the entire season.

“I have to go back – Roger’s calling me asking me to go back for Supercross testing since our season starts in January,” Alessi commented to reporters at press day on Thursday, confirming he plans to race the full AMA season in 2011.

“That’s the main goal and that’s why I have to go back. With holidays, Christmas and New Years meaning we’ll lose a few days, I need to get back and get things rolling – it should be good.”

With the legendary DeCoster switching from Suzuki to spearhead KTM’s expanded AMA campaign for next year, Alessi says he’s excited to work with one of the sport’s greats once again after previously working with him at Suzuki in 2008 and 2009.

“I’m looking forward to working with Roger again, we’ll see what he’s got in store with the new bike and obviously the new team.”

The 22-year-old later commented in a KTM press release just how much he’s enjoyed Australia even though his results haven’t met expectations. He also confirmed he wants to come back next season.

“I’ve had a great time in Australia,” he said. “Everybody’s been really nice to us here and the tracks have been good, although obviously I wish I had better results.

“I’d definitely like to come back next year and put on a good show.”

Following the first five rounds of the series, Alessi currently sits eighth in the Open class point standings.

Alessi was in a relaxed mood at Parramatta Stadium yesterday afternoon, taking part in a riding demonstration and chatting with members from the Parramatta Eels National Rugby League team.

Younger brother Jeff Alessi will complete the season as planned with the CDR Rockstar Energy Yamaha team alongside Jay Marmont.