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ALESSI 2ND IN GLEN HELEN OPENER

May 27, 2008

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing's Mike Alessi started the AMA Motocross season strongly by capturing second place overall at this weekend's season-opening round at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.

Team mate Michael Byrne also had a good weekend, thanks to a sixth-place overall result, while David Vuillemin struggled to17th overall.

In the Motocross Lites class, Ryan Dungey had a fine weekend after taking fourth place overall. Nico Izzi, meanwhile, had a good first moto, finishing eighth, but had some issues in the second moto and wound up with 13th overall.

Mike Alessi:
"The season-opener at Glen Helen couldn't have gone any better. I have been working very hard during my time off after breaking my collarbone in Supercross and it showed. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was working great. I love the bike and it lets me ride to the best of my ability and I think I proved that this weekend by finishing 46 seconds in front of third place in the second moto."

Michael Byrne:
"My weekend went well. I had some great starts which definitely made life a lot easier. It felt really good to be back out there racing again. I was definitely nervous about my knee and how I was going to go, since this was my first race back after being injured, but once the gate dropped, I was OK and I forgot about it. Now I'm just looking forward to next weekend at Hangtown and the rest of the series."

David Vuillemin:
"Glen Helen was a difficult weekend for me. I had a few issues that I hope will be resolved for Hangtown. I am also dealing with a torn meniscus that I will have surgery on after the High Point National. It has been bothering me since the San Francisco Supercross and I can't put it off any longer, especially with all the ruts on a motocross track."

Ryan Dungey:
"It was a good weekend overall. I'm pretty happy with how I rode and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 was running great. I feel like my endurance is good and I'm just working at getting better and improving over the season."

Nico Izzi:
"The first moto was pretty good and I got eighth. And then the second moto was also going good and I had four laps to go and then I had some problems with the bike and couldn't finish the race. But overall I was happy with my endurance and my fitness. I was pretty pumped, really, because I was waiting for myself to get tired and it never happened."

Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California on May 31 - June 1st.

AMA Motocross Top 10:
1. James Stewart (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Mike Alessi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) 2-2
3. Davi Millsaps (Honda) 3-3
4. Timmy Ferry (Kawasaki) 4-4
5. Ivan Tedesco (Honda) 7-5
6. Michael Byrne (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) 9-7

AMA Motocross Lites Top 10:

1. Austin Stroupe (Kawasaki) 2-3
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 5-1
3. Jason Lawrence (Yamaha) 1-5
4. Ryan Dungey (Rockstar Makita Suzuki) 4-2
5. Brett Metcalfe (Kawasaki) 3-4
6. Jake Weimer (Honda) 7-7

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