FRASHBACK FRIDAY: MIKE ALESSI STANDS UPON IVAN TEDESCO’S BIKE


THIS VERY DAY WAS A BLACK MARK MOMENT IN MOTOCROSS HISTORY


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Mike Alessi has had a bumpy ride in the AMA Pro ranks. The former minicycle champion has been at the center of controversies that have been bracketed by the “Believe the Hype” T-shirts and the 2013 Laser-Gate incident at Washougal. But what really derailed Mike’s profession and turned the fans plus industry against him was the 2006 kill-button incident at Glen Helen. Mike went into the final race from the 2005 125 National Championship 35 points behind Pro Circuit’s Ivan Tedesco, but after Tedesco DNF’ed the first moto, the points spread between the two was reduced in order to 10 points. Then, when Alessi and Tedesco crashed into one another at the end of the infamous “Muddy Directly, ” Mike stood on Tedesco’s bike so that Ivan couldn’t get it and made an obvious move to strike Tedesco’s kill button. In the end, Tedesco won the 2005 125 title, even though he went 21-11 from Glen Helen. As for Mike Alessi, he was disqualified for the day to get “engaging in an activity detrimental towards the sport. ”

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