Mike Alessi was involved in one the scariest crashes of all time at the 2008 AMA Red Bud National. Alessi had been the only rider with the potential speed to challenge eventual champion James Stewart. After pulling off one of his trademark rocket starts, Alessi pushed hard to stick to the rear fender of Stewart’s Kawasaki. It all went wrong when Alessi cross rutted, swapped out, and got thrown over a slight drop off. The crash resulted in two broken shoulder blades and a rib, a bruised lung, and serious concussion. Stewart went on to win all 24 motos of the 2008 season (the second rider ever to do so.)
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