Mike Alessi Joins The GDR Honda Team

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2/12/2019 9:03 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2019 7:23 PM

Mike has signed with the Honda GDR Fox Racing Team and will compete in the MX portion of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series this summer.

SmarTop has also joined the team as an official sponsor.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

2/12/2019 9:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2019 9:21 PM

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2/12/2019 9:13 AM

Gear looks good. Simple and clean

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"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

2/12/2019 9:16 AM

That's great news

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2/12/2019 9:23 AM

Leedle wrote:

He didnt win any Major Championships, but i wouldnt say he didn't have success, he was in the hunt for many championships finished 2nd multiple times , rode for factory teams made lots of money! and had/has a lot of fans
I would consider that pretty successful and the whole Alessi Family is all about Moto.

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2/12/2019 9:27 AM

Leedle wrote:

He struggled with supercross. Outdoors is another story

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2/12/2019 9:31 AM

believe the hype

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2/12/2019 9:49 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2019 12:47 PM

levimx22 wrote:

believe the hype

I remember one of his first 450 outdoor races at Steel City- He was like 115 lbs or something.. If I recall, didn't he get 4th one of the motos if not 4th overall?? Heck, McGrath was in that one too!

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2/12/2019 9:53 AM

The one year on the Suzuki I think maybe 2011 or 2012, if he wouldn't have got hurt that was his title, he was smoking everyone the first 2 rounds.

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2/12/2019 9:54 AM

He raced in the JS RC CR RV KDUB etc era
The crash that left him unconscious and run over may have been a very big deal for his career looking back

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2/12/2019 9:56 AM

levimx22 wrote:

believe the hype

Superdave19 wrote:

I remember one of his first 450 outdoor races at Steel City- He was like 115 lbs or something.. If I recall, didn't he get 4th one of the motos if not 4th overall?? Heck, McGrath was in that one too!

he was crazy fast.

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2/12/2019 9:59 AM

That is awesome!

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2/12/2019 9:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2019 10:01 AM

A lot of people like to bag on MA but the dude is a phenomenal dirt bike racer. Maybe he didn't accomplish the things he'd hoped to but his goals were lofty. He aimed high and just missed. That still earned him a great career and shouldn't skew the perspective if how good he is.

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2/12/2019 10:05 AM

This is great news for Mike. To me , he seems like a dude that isn't out there to just collect a paycheck. He seems to just love racing bikes , and can still make a descent living at it , which is cool to see. Congrat's Mike , and good luck this season!

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2/12/2019 10:06 AM

Superdave19 wrote:

I remember one of his first 450 outdoor races at Steel City- He was like 115 lbs or something.. If I recall, didn't he get 4th one of the motos if not 4th overall?? Heck, McGrath was in that one too!

Vault link to that race

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2/12/2019 10:23 AM

I wasn't really that big of a fan, but I do miss seeing him race in the US. The Alessi's brought excitement to the sport, that's for sure.

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2/12/2019 10:58 AM

He will do amazing if he brings his A-game. It seemed like he hadn't been trying his hardest on the Kawi.

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2/12/2019 11:08 AM

So awesome. My all time favorite rider and also cool that I just bought that same gear in the black and white color way.

Something about MA800 on a Honda just seems right. Best of luck this summer, Mikey!

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2/12/2019 11:14 AM

Great news!!

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2/12/2019 11:17 AM

Great news. He looks comfortable.

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2/12/2019 11:19 AM

If all the “older riders” I think he would do very well at off-road. I think he just likes riding his dirt bike and would fine doing that for 3 hours.

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2/12/2019 11:20 AM

He was very fast, but when pressured he turned to dirty moves. In supercross he used dirty riding to overcome his lack of speed especially in the whoops.

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2/12/2019 11:22 AM

mxer15 wrote:

He was very fast, but when pressured he turned to dirty moves. In supercross he used dirty riding to overcome his lack of speed especially in the whoops.

Yeah, no for sure, bro. Outstandable post.

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2/12/2019 11:24 AM

The title of this thread is about MA800 joining a new team...but not a single mention about the team in the body of the post.wassat

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2/12/2019 11:50 AM

MXD wrote:

A lot of people like to bag on MA but the dude is a phenomenal dirt bike racer. Maybe he didn't accomplish the things he'd hoped to but his goals were lofty. He aimed high and just missed. That still earned him a great career and shouldn't skew the perspective if how good he is.

An old boss of mine once had a saying:
"Aim for the stars and you might hit the moon. Aim for the moon and you'll hit the back fence. Aim for the back fence and you're sucking sewer water."

laughing laughing laughing


Mike Alessi aimed for the stars. I'd say he got one or two.
Good luck in 2019, Mike!

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Braaapin' aint easy.

2/12/2019 12:14 PM

Leedle wrote:

he won a lot which i would argue isnt the same as being faster. Mike had, essentially a factory honda cr85, while the team green bikes were a level below as far as equipment. Mike also was very strong at holeshots and in a 5 lap race, if you get a 10th place start, and the guy who gets out from puts down a lot of room in between that 5 laps just isnt going to allow you to catch up.

Now in a 30 min moto, when you have 12-15 laps....

Ryan also, in having to work harder to win, and work through the pack, developed skills that, when given more time to get up front he can cut through the pack and pass for the win. Go watch 2009 Glen Helen, it was what always happened in amatuers except they had 30 min instead of 5 laps. Mike holeshot, had a sizeable lead and villopoto caught him late in the race to pass for the win

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"If you feel in control, you're not going fast enough" ~Mario Andretti

2/12/2019 12:34 PM

Leedle wrote:

Phillip_Lamb wrote:

he won a lot which i would argue isnt the same as being faster. Mike had, essentially a factory honda cr85, while the team green bikes were a level below as far as equipment. Mike also was very strong at holeshots and in a 5 lap race, if you get a 10th place start, and the guy who gets out from puts down a lot of room in between that 5 laps just isnt going to allow you to catch up.

Now in a 30 min moto, when you have 12-15 laps....

Ryan also, in having to work harder to win, and work through the pack, developed skills that, when given more time to get up front he can cut through the pack and pass for the win. Go watch 2009 Glen Helen, it was what always happened in amatuers except they had 30 min instead of 5 laps. Mike holeshot, had a sizeable lead and villopoto caught him late in the race to pass for the win

Yea , RV was on bad ass PC Kawasaki and Mike on that POS no link KTM . I thin that was the biggest mistake they took the KTM ride. Mike last his confidence and it was hard to bring it back. Just watch some of the old races and u can tell that the KTM was not working for Mike . RV was like on pillows and Mike was getting pounded like crazy.

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2/12/2019 12:35 PM

Leedle wrote:

He could never ride whoops very well (compared to the best in the world)- that really affected his SX career.
He podiumed in his second 450 outdoor race at Steel City in 2004, behind RC and K-Dub.

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2/12/2019 12:37 PM

levimx22 wrote:

believe the hype

Fells like yesterday he was a kid entering the pros - dang I'm getting old.

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2/12/2019 12:41 PM

Leedle wrote:

A multiple race winner with seven top 5 seasons never had much success?

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