Vital MX Forum QNA: Mike Alessi

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4/11/2016 4:44 PM



This week's guest in the Vital MX forum QNA is Mike Alessi. Do you believe the hype? Mike Alessi's been in the game for quite a while, from amateur to pro. He's also been through factory rides with KTM and Suzuki, a private team gig with Smartop MotoConcepts Racing. He recently scored a win at the Two-Stroke Worlds, has been turning in good rides in Supercross, and he'll head back to Canada again this summer for another round of National action. So what would you like to ask him?

Bring your best questions, and he'll be peeking in here this week to answer them. As always, keep it respectful, and ask questions that you would like in a face-to-face meeting.

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4/11/2016 4:51 PM

Hi Mike. I've enjoyed watching you over the years at the Hilliard MX track. Jeff too. One time you sprayed me with a massive roost in that back sand corner.

How long do you plan on racing? Are you going to run the U.S. Nationals this year? How about a run at the GPs? Thanks for coming by.

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Harrison Backmon, Esq.

4/11/2016 4:51 PM

Hi Mike thank you for taking some time to answer some questions . I have a question . A few years ago I noticed on your bike there were little cables on it . I asked one of the guys from
Your team what they were and he told me they were magnets ? That you had them under your numbers and kinda all over . What is that for. And is this something you still do ? Thank you

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A big Thank you to FLY racing. OMA KTM. 100%. DT-1 Motorex and Bell helmets . Racing for you JG96

4/11/2016 4:57 PM

Hey Mike, long time fan of you and your bro here. You've been having a solid SX season so far. I know you are an outdoor specialist so what are your plans this summer? I can't make it to Canada so I hope you're running the nats. Good luck no matter which. I'll be rootin' for ya. Give Jeff a pat on the back or a kick in the butt...what ever you think he needs...lol.

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If it ain't yer's don't take it, If it ain't the truth dont say it, If it ain't right don't do it...Marcus Aurelius

4/11/2016 4:58 PM

PS I still
Have this hanging in my closet



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A big Thank you to FLY racing. OMA KTM. 100%. DT-1 Motorex and Bell helmets . Racing for you JG96

4/11/2016 4:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2016 5:03 PM

Harry Backmon wrote:

Hi Mike. I've enjoyed watching you over the years at the Hilliard MX track. Jeff too. One time you sprayed me with a massive roost in that back sand corner.

How long do you plan on racing? Are you going to run the U.S. Nationals this year? How about a run at the GPs? Thanks for coming by.

Hi Harry. Thanks for the support over the years.
I plan on racing for few more years. I am not racing the Nationals this year. I am not sure about the GPs. It's possible I could do one of the ones in America at the end of the year.
Thanks for your comment.

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4/11/2016 5:00 PM

Hey MA800, is your favorite track still Lake Whitney?

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4/11/2016 5:03 PM

I mean this question with all due respect, can you share some insight into the heat race podium after beating Villopoto? Obviously emotions run wild in such a competitive sport, but many of us were surprised to see tears. What was going thru your mind then? Did it feel like a comeback in your career as a whole, or maybe a personal victory over RV?

Again, this is a genuine question and I appreciate you taking the time to do this.

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Osama Bin Mixin - Head of the 2-stroke Taliban

4/11/2016 5:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2016 5:04 PM

OR Racer46 wrote:

Hi Mike thank you for taking some time to answer some questions . I have a question . A few years ago I noticed on your bike there were little cables on it . I asked one of the guys from
Your team what they were and he told me they were magnets ? That you had them under your numbers and kinda all over . What is that for. And is this something you still do ? Thank you

Hi. The cables are to harmonize the sounds of the bike. A lot of the pros use them. I do still use them.
Thanks for your question
Love the shirt. That's a classic.

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4/11/2016 5:05 PM

plowboy wrote:

Hey Mike, long time fan of you and your bro here. You've been having a solid SX season so far. I know you are an outdoor specialist so what are your plans this summer? I can't make it to Canada so I hope you're running the nats. Good luck no matter which. I'll be rootin' for ya. Give Jeff a pat on the back or a kick in the butt...what ever you think he needs...lol.

Thanks. I will be racing in Canada this summer. Thanks again for your support.

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4/11/2016 5:06 PM

TxT0RKiT wrote:

Hey MA800, is your favorite track still Lake Whitney?

I haven't been there in so long. That was one of my favorites as an amateur.

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4/11/2016 5:10 PM

JW381 wrote:

I mean this question with all due respect, can you share some insight into the heat race podium after beating Villopoto? Obviously emotions run wild in such a competitive sport, but many of us were surprised to see tears. What was going thru your mind then? Did it feel like a comeback in your career as a whole, or maybe a personal victory over RV?

Again, this is a genuine question and I appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Hi. Thanks for the question. I had been racing pro for 10 years and had never won a heat race, or main even in the 450 class. To finally after 10 years of training and riding and working my butt off for years it was such an overwhelming experience for me to finally accomplish a dream of mine. People may think a heat race is not a big deal but it actually is.

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4/11/2016 5:14 PM

JW381 wrote:

I mean this question with all due respect, can you share some insight into the heat race podium after beating Villopoto? Obviously emotions run wild in such a competitive sport, but many of us were surprised to see tears. What was going thru your mind then? Did it feel like a comeback in your career as a whole, or maybe a personal victory over RV?

Again, this is a genuine question and I appreciate you taking the time to do this.

Mike Alessi 800 wrote:

Hi. Thanks for the question. I had been racing pro for 10 years and had never won a heat race, or main even in the 450 class. To finally after 10 years of training and riding and working my butt off for years it was such an overwhelming experience for me to finally accomplish a dream of mine. People may think a heat race is not a big deal but it actually is.

Right on, thanks for the response, Mike. Good luck the rest of the season and in Canada this summer.

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Osama Bin Mixin - Head of the 2-stroke Taliban

4/11/2016 5:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2016 5:23 PM

Mike,
Thanks for doing this for Vital.
Who's your favorite current ride/racer (other than yourself or your lil bro) that you enjoy watching race/ride?

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4/11/2016 5:28 PM

Keep it up Mike. I have a pair of your old pants, no jerseys though.

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4/11/2016 5:30 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/12/2016 6:24 AM

Mike,

Based on the opinion of "internet experts", your dad is very opinionated, out spoken and hard to deal with. If this is true, and a Factory team offered you a ride without any involvement from your dad, do you stay with the family and keep things they way they are or, do you take the money, factory ride and tell pops you are parting ways. Thanks!

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4/11/2016 5:30 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2016 5:32 PM

Mike,

Thanks for doing this! Bummed you aren't doing the Nationals, I wanted to see you race Budds Creek. It's funny you are doing the Q&A this week, I just found last week I work for a cousin of yours named James who is in the Navy here in DC. Good luck with the rest of the season!

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4/11/2016 5:35 PM

Mike, thanks for doing this. I am wondering why your team has chosen to ride the Canadian nationals and not our series here in the U.S.? Also, any plans for some MXGP? I think you would do awesome, and good luck this summer.

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4/11/2016 5:41 PM

Mike,

With all the experience you've gained over a long career in the sport, what do you think of the overall state of the sport, riders pay levels, injuries, etc and just the general outlook for the sport?

Thanks, and keep rocking.

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4/11/2016 5:47 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2016 5:48 PM

FastEddy wrote:

Mike,
Thanks for doing this for Vital.
Who's your favorite current ride/racer (other than yourself or your lil bro) that you enjoy watching race/ride?

All I have respect for all of the riders and I think they all have talent but my favorite is Stewart. He is the most talented guy I have ever seen on a dirt bike

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4/11/2016 5:48 PM

Jon_Haynes wrote:

Keep it up Mike. I have a pair of your old pants, no jerseys though.

Wow that is old

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4/11/2016 5:53 PM

TeamRags wrote:

Mike,

Based on the opinion of "internet experts", your dad is very opinionated, out spoken and hard to deal with. If this is true, and a Factory team offered you a ride without any involvement from your dad, do you stay with the family and keep things they way they are or, do you take the money, factory ride and tell pops you are parting ways. Thanks!

I know a lot of people think my dad is the "crazy mini dad" but he has only ever had the best interest for my brother and I. I really enjoy the team that I am on now and I think I will probably end my career there. Mike Genova is a great guy and has stood by me for the past four years and supported me through the ups and downs and I want to repay him by finishing my career with him on his team.

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4/11/2016 5:54 PM

Electro21 wrote:

Mike,

Thanks for doing this! Bummed you aren't doing the Nationals, I wanted to see you race Budds Creek. It's funny you are doing the Q&A this week, I just found last week I work for a cousin of yours named James who is in the Navy here in DC. Good luck with the rest of the season!

Oh how awesome tell James I said hi and I miss him and I love him.

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4/11/2016 6:07 PM

You've caught a lot of flak over the years but I have seen you and Jeff go the extra mile for your fans on more than one occasion. That impresses some of us, so "Thanks" for that. Carry on.

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4/11/2016 6:11 PM

Jimmy_Sloan wrote:

Mike, thanks for doing this. I am wondering why your team has chosen to ride the Canadian nationals and not our series here in the U.S.? Also, any plans for some MXGP? I think you would do awesome, and good luck this summer.

The MCR team is only racing Supercriss this season and I was given the option to find another ride for the summer. I looked around a little in America for a ride but nobody was hiring and I really enjoyed racing in Canada so I looked for a ride up there and I am happy with my ride for the summer.

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4/11/2016 6:11 PM

newmann wrote:

You've caught a lot of flak over the years but I have seen you and Jeff go the extra mile for your fans on more than one occasion. That impresses some of us, so "Thanks" for that. Carry on.

Thank you for your support. The fans are very important to me. Without y'all we would not have a sport.

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4/11/2016 6:34 PM

Thanks for taking the time to hang out and reply to everyone.

Let's talk two strokes and your RM 250

Do you still enjoy them as much as us old guys and do they get you pumped up for race time because they bring out more aggressive riding and the searching for other lines?

Tell us about your RM?
What year/ what have you had done to it other then the suspension ?

Porting, ffw... Any secrets
For us fellow rm 250 owners

And thanks for staying w/ those that have stood behind you. That shows loyalty and commitment to me.

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4/11/2016 6:56 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/12/2016 7:38 AM

Always the H-crew's favorite mx'er. Commitment to Excellence.... Proud of you! Charge on!

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4/11/2016 7:03 PM

Mike: why not run and entire AMA motocross schedule? You've had a solid Supercross season so far, and would probably carry momentum into the Nationals, placing high in the current stacked field? What gives?

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4/11/2016 7:35 PM

Good luck this year in Canada!

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