American Mike Alessi experienced the best season of his career in 2012, his first year in the Lucas Oil Motocross 450 Class riding for the MotoConcepts Racing team. In a campaign highlighted by consistency, Mike put himself in contention with numerous holeshots, often finding himself in a battle for the lead with Ryan Dungey. Numerous podium finishes, and a moto win at Washougal, meant he finished the year second overall. He turned pro in 2004. After switching from Red Bull KTM to Rockstar Makita Suzuki for the 2008 season, he earning four overall podium finishes in motocross. In 2009 he also became a force in supercross, with a ninth place finish. Racing KTM’s new 350cc motocrosser against a field of 450cc bikes in 2010, he finished fifth overall, and in 2011, again with KTM, he finished twelfth in supercross and fifth in motocross. Born in Canoga Park, California, Mike began riding motorcycles at the age of three. Alongside his brother Jeff, and a father who pushed every aspect of both boys’ careers, Mike rose through the amateur ranks, winning his first National Championship at Loretta Lynn's in Nashville, Tennessee. By the time he turned pro aged 16, he had tied James Stewart Jr.'s all-time Amateur National championships record of eleven. He had a lot to live up to after such a glittering amateur career, but his recent performances have showed that he can live with the pressure. Known originally as an outdoor specialist, Mike has now figured out how to keep pace in supercross as well.
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