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Monday, March 16, 2009

Wayne Hart
Communications Manager
Makita U.S.A.
(714) 522-8088 x 4410

(800) 4-MAKITA

Monday, March 16, 2009


Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Alessi brings home impressive 6th place

Chad Reed, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #1
2nd Place – New Orleans Supercross & 1st Place – Overall Championship Points
Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #800
6th Place– New Orleans Supercross & 7th Place – Overall Championship Points
Michael Byrne, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, #26
DNR – New Orleans Supercross & NA – Overall Championship Points
Nico Izzi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z250, #20
DNR – New Orleans Supercross Lites & 3rd Place -- Overall Championship Points
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing’s Chad Reed continues to lead the AMA Supercross Championship points chase after again finishing on the podium at the series’ return to New Orleans’ Superdome. Reed started the night by taking the win in his heat race and finished the night with an epic battle in the main, where he finished a strong second. This season, Reed has finished every race on the podium.  Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Mike Alessi also had a good night, finishing fourth in his heat race and then battling with the front-runners for most of the main before finishing sixth. Currently, Alessi is seventh in the overall championship points. Unfortunately, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Michael Byrne was injured at last weekend’s event and did not race. He hopes to be racing again soon.
In the Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Nico Izzi experienced a rough night. Theyoung rider rode well in practice and set impressive lap times on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250.While making a pass for the lead on lap one of his heat race, however, Izzi went down and had to goto the Last Chance Qualifier. While making his way to the front in the LCQ, unfortunately, he wentdown again and ended up finishing third. Izzi did not race the main.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, March 21, 2009.
AMA Supercross Top 10 Finishers:
1. James Stewart, Kawasaki (Holeshot)
2. Chad Reed, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
3. Broc Hepler, Yamaha
4. Kevin Windham, Honda
5. Andrew Short, Honda
6. Mike Alessi, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing
7. Josh Grant, Yamaha
8. Justin Brayton, KTM
9. Ryan Villopoto, Kawasaki
10. Matt Boni, Honda
AMA Supercross Lites Top 10 Finishers:
1. Austin Stroupe, Kawasaki (Holeshot)
2. Branden Jesseman, Kawasaki
3. Blake Wharton, Honda
4. Christophe Pourcel, Kawasaki
5. Wil Hahn, KTM
6. Darryn Durham, Yamaha
7. Daniel Blair, Honda
8. Broc Tickle, Yamaha
9. Matt Goerke, Suzuki
10. Steven Clarke, Suzuki



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