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Mike Alessi scores a much-needed podium in round 10 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championships in Southwick, Massachusetts.

Round number ten of the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championships rolled into the infamous Moto-X 338 circuit in Southwick, Massachusetts on Saturday, and Red Bull-backed Mike Alessi scored a much-needed podium after a lengthy dry spell off the box. The 34th annual running of the Southwick National warmly greeted riders after a weekend away from racing action, as blue, sunny skies hovered overhead during another spectacular day professional motocross.

Moto number one of the day began with TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda/Red Bull’s Ben Townley rocketing out of the gate and down the start straight, but he was narrowly edged out by Brett Metcalfe at the stripe. Picking up where he left off after qualifying with the fastest lap time of the morning, Townley looked extremely strong early on, but unfortunately bad luck would strike, as the likeable Kiwi went down twice on lap number two—the second collision involving Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short.

Shorty’s day did not go as planned, as technical difficulties during qualifying relegated him to the last gate pick for moto one. A subsequent poor start forced him to begin battling his way forward, during which time the incident with Townley went down. Shorty remounted to begin another charge forward, but unfortunately a fuel issue forced him to retire early.  And as if Townley’s luck couldn’t get any worse, a mechanical issue forced the Red Bull rider to the sidelines early, as well.

I’m coming back strong in these last few races, and I’m really working hard for a win.

Meanwhile, an energized Alessi was working hard up toward the front of the pack in an attempt to put an end to the poor luck he’s experienced thus far in the series. Armed with his potent Red Bull-backed factory KTM 350 SX-F, Alessi made a late charge from deep in the pack to take third-place in the moto.

The second moto of the day saw Red Bull riders Kevin Windham and Townley battling for the holeshot, but Townley quickly went to work and took over the lead early on. Townley would continue to hang onto the lead until nearly the halfway point, but a hard-charging, newly-crowned series champion Ryan Dungey was just too much, as he got by Townley for the win. Ben hung tough to finish the moto in the second spot. Behind him, Red Bull teammate Alessi fought his way up to fourth place, resulting in a third-place overall podium finish on the day.

“It feels awesome being back on the podium,” said Alessi. I couldn’t be happier right now!” “I’m coming back strong in these last few races, and I’m really working hard for a win.”

Just two more rounds remain as the series takes over Steel City in Delmont, Pennsylvania on September 4th, and Pala Raceway in San Diego, California on September 11th.

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