Alessi will forgo running the final two Supercross races of the 2013 season to prepare for the coming Nationals.  

SPOKANE, WA (April 24, 2013) – MotoConcepts Racing by Smartop rider Mike Alessi will miss the remaining two rounds of the AMA Supercross season. Alessi will not be racing the Salt Lake or Las Vegas rounds in order to dedicate testing time on his MCR450 for the Nationals.

"It's a unique situation whereby we have new technology for the 450 that requires a great deal of  attention and testing time to develop," explains Team Manager Tony Alessi. "Mike had decent results in the Supercross series but our goals for the Nationals are much higher.  The team needs additional testing to best develop the 450 technology, and all of us, from Mike, to the team, to our sponsors want to be back on the podium."

"Last year we had a great run in the Nationals, finishing second overall with solid moto finishes.  I got great starts, ran up front and won a moto last year but expect more from myself coming into this season," says Mike Alessi while testing at Comp Edge on Tuesday. "Without testing support or factory backing I need to develop the MCR450 and, with the new parts we are using, it's best to get as much track time as possible."

The #800 of Mike Alessi will be on the gate on his MCR450 by Smartop at Hangtown.

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