The opening round of the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship—The Hangtown Motocross Classic—went off without a hitch on Saturday in Sacramento, California, with Red Bull athletes Mike Alessi and Davi Millsaps throwing down solid podium performances to kick off the series with authority.
With adverse weather conditions originally forecasted, the race day was welcomed with beautiful blue skies and mild temperatures, and the Hangtown faithful came out in droves to show their support for America’s premier motocross series. With the track crew doing an outstanding job of prepping the infamous Hangtown circuit, the stage was set for an epic day of racing.
In 450 Moto 1, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Davi Millsaps (pictured above) got out to a great start aboard his factory CRF450R, rounding turn number one in the second spot behind Chad Reed. Riding smooth and consistent for the majority of the 30-minute-plus, two-lap moto, Millsaps eventually gave way to a hard-charging Josh Grant on the second-to-last lap.
Battling wheel-to-wheel with Grant until the finish, Davi took the checkers with a respectable third-place effort. Behind Millsaps, Red Bull-backed Mike Alessi, aboard his all-new factory KTM 350 SX-F, motored in for fourth place after a steady top-five ride for the bulk of the moto.
When the gates dropped for 450 Moto 2, Alessi (pictured at left and on the podium, below) rocketed down the start-straight to snatch the elusive holeshot away from the rest of pack. Wasting no time, Alessi immediately put his head down and reeled off lap after solid lap to open up an insurmountable lead.
Looking like a completely different rider than the Alessi that ran a conservative fourth in Moto 1, Mike made it look easy as he casually piloted his KTM to its first-ever stateside victory! Alessi’s efforts in Moto 2 helped propel him to second overall for the event.
Cruising in just a couple of seconds behind Alessi in Moto 2, Millsaps finished the day with 3-2 moto scores, good for the third and final podium position at Hangtown.
With Memorial weekend off, the series returns on June 5th at Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas.