MotoConcepts Racing: St. Louis SX Report
SPOKANE, WA (March 4, 2013) - MotoConcepts Racing by Smartop riders Gavin Faith (#67 MCR250) and Mike Alessi (#800 MCR450) continued their string of impressive rides this past weekend at the St. Louis Supercross.
Gavin Faith’s race strategy took an unexpected turn when he went down in his heat race and, despite coming up just short on a valiant pass attempt, was unable to automatically qualify for the Main. With the pressure of the LCQ firmly on his shoulders, Gavin put in a strong ride to finish in the second spot and, though later than planned, transferred into the Main event.
With the last pick on the gate, Faith made a smart move cutting inside on the first turn and was mid-pack after the first lap. As one of the top riders in the class, Gavin worked his way forward and was inside the top 6 at the half-way point. Unfortunately, Gavin would hit the deck again in St. Louis and relinquish a possible podium finish. He remounted and would end the night in the 11th position overall.
In the first 450 Heat race, MCR rider Mike Alessi raced to an uneventful yet solid ride to transfer directly to the Main. Alessi completed the first lap in the 5th position and remained there for the 8-lap race to finish in the 5th spot.
When the gate dropped for the 450 Main it was a scene most fans have seen many times before; Alessi rocketing out to the front with another patented Nuclear Cowboyz® Holeshot award. Alessi was in a great spot and laying down fast laps until the red flag stopped the race in order for the medical team to assist a fallen rider.
For the first-time in the veterans career, Mike Alessi lined up in the staggered start formation for the restart. While a holeshot in the staggered start would be impossible, Alessi managed to move his way past a few riders and get up front with the leaders. On lap 14, Factory Honda’s Trey Canard moved up a position and was behind Mike Alessi. A great race ensued between to the two riders and for 5 laps Alessi held off the charge of the Anaheim 1 runner up to finish a solid 7th overall.
With strong rides by both riders the past few weeks, the Supercross series moves to Daytona Beach, Florida with its unique, outdoor-style, SX layout and MotoConcepts Racing is confident its best results of the season are within reach.
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