Following a year-long hiatus from the stadiums hosting the AMA Supercross Series, Red Bull/KTM’s Mike Alessi is back to the great indoors in 2011. After months of testing the all-new KTM 350SX-F a year ago, Alessi concentrated solely on the 2010 outdoor National series, but a lackluster performance sent the holeshot kid back to the drawing board.
Fast-forward to the present, and Mike is more focused than ever, ready to make his assault in 2011. Check out what Mike had to say while testing at his private supercross track in the high desert of California…
Mike Alessi Quick Facts
- Born May 19, 1988 in Canoga Park, California
- Started riding motorcycles at age 3
- Earned his first National Championship title at age 6
- Turned pro in 2004
- Brother Jeff is also a pro motocross racer
Mike Alessi Q&A
Mike, how you are feeling coming into the 2011 Supercross season?
I’m really looking forward to the 2011 season, especially since it’s been over a year since racing Supercross, back in 2009. My main goal is to get good starts and be up front because there are so many fast guys this year. Overall, I’m feeling really good and up to speed. I think everyone is just ready for the gate to drop and let the racing begin, to see where we are all at.
Are you excited to be back indoors?
I’m really excited. I missed it and I’m stoked to be back. At first it was a little tough re-adjusting to it and getting the Supercross timing down, but everything came back to me pretty quickly. I think this is going to be a really exciting season, not only for the riders, but the fans as well.
With a new season comes new teammates; how is everything going with Andrew Short and the young gun, Ken Roczen?
Everything is going great with those guys; they are great teammates to have. Shorty brings a lot of experience and consistency to the table and knows what it takes to be up there with the top guys. Ken is the rookie and so full of energy, so it will be interesting to try to keep him calm and relaxed, but he’s definitely fast.
Knowing it’s a 16-round series, how do you plan to stay healthy and consistent throughout?
I think the biggest thing for me is getting out in front of everybody early, and getting myself out of trouble. There is never trouble up front, but the further back in the pack you start, the more risk you put yourself in.
Everyone is going to be looking for good results this year; there is a lot of pressure, and there are a lot of contracts on the line. I’m known for my starting abilities, so I feel like if I can put myself out front from the start it will make things a lot easier for me, overall.
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