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Lazer Incident at Washougal MX...- Dirt Illustrated Magazine

Lazer Incident at Washougal MX...

Mike Alessi got the biggest fine for what his brother, Jeff Alessi, did at Washougal. Jeff confessed to shining a lazer pen light at Ryan Villopoto and Malcolm Stewart, prior to the start, at the Washougal MX National. Mike got stuck with a $15,000 fine ($10,000 due now and a one-year probationary period in lieu of the other $5,000 for credential misuse).


THE INCIDENT: On July 20, 2013, moments before the start of the first moto of the 450 class at Washougal, Team MotoConcepts Racing (MCR) crew member Jeff Alessi pointed a green laser light directly at the eyes of competitor Ryan Villopoto as he prepared for the start of the race, bouncing the light back and forth across his goggles.   GoPro video from Villopoto’s helmet confirms that mere moments before the drop of the gate, as Villopoto drops his head to watch the drop of the gate, a green laser light flashes back and forth across his visor. Another race competitor, Malcolm Stewart, reported he was also targeted with a green laser light pointed directly at his eyes moments before the start.
THE RESULT: MX Sports competition director, Roy Jansen, signed off for a series of heavy fines and penalties for all three Alessi’s (Jeff, Tony, and Mike) as well as the Moto Concept Racing Team. For starters, Jeff Alessi’s eligibility to obtain his AMA Pro Racing license has been suspended indefinitely, and his MX Sports Pro Racing credentials revoked. He was also fined $500. Tony Alessi (dad) has been suspended for the rest of the outdoor season, and his son Mike Alessi, has been fined a total of $15,000 ($10,000 for the laser incident and $5000 for the transferring of credentials between his father and brother). The $5000 fine could be waved after a one-year probation period
The Moto Concept Race Team at the start of the 2013 race season. Jake Canada (l-r), Mike Alessi, & Gavin Faith. Jake Canada was let go earlier this season, while Mike Alessi and Gavin Faith remain on the team.
Jeff Alessi Apology on Twitter:
Hey guys,
I’m here to inform all of you that I am responsible for the incident that happened this weekend at Washougal national. As many of you know a green laser went across Ryan Villopoto and Malcolm Stewart before the start of the first moto. I was the person who did that and I would like to say to those two riders that I am very sorry for causing any distraction to them before the start of the race. I had no intent to harm either rider or affect their results.
I would also like to extend my sincere apologies to Steve Matthes who had to hear the wrath of my father who was defending me with the thought that I was innocent because I told him a story to make him think I wasn’t guilty, and also for saying what I said to him during the confrontation. 
To my brother, my father, and Mike Genova, words cannot describe the pain and shame I have to live with right now knowing the problems I caused for all of you and the rest of the team. I know how hard you work Mike800, and how you’ve made your one goal to stay out of drama and just race and try to show the masses that you are a great rider that loves racing.  When I sit here and think about what I did and what it caused I feel like I ruined EVERYTHING you spent the last 5 years building on, and I am so sorry brother because you don’t deserve any of this. 
To my dad, thanks for standing up for me and showing me you would take that bullet for me. I shouldn’t have told you a story when you looked at me and asked what I did. I should’ve just told you the truth but I couldn’t because I was terrified and scared and what came out instead was little and low and you still believed me because that’s what you do when your kids say something. I was so dumb. 
Mike Genova, what can I say other than you tried getting me back on track here and wanted me to make a difference and I didn’t make any difference except cost you a lot of people’s respect they had started having for you. You’re like my second father, and just like my dad I lied to you too, and you defended me against it all and I’m here to finally give up my story and come clean and tell you I was standing in the grass with a $12 dollar laser acting like a five-year-old, doing childish pranks and it all came down on your team and my brother. I’m really sorry, Mike. I thought I had changed and I made an effort prior to that mistake to do nothing wrong all week and try to help but I stopped thinking and I’m truly sorry. 
My last apology I will end with is to the man who did his job and found me when I was doing something wrong, Davey Coombs. I am so sorry I had to put you in that situation that you had to spend important time looking for who was causing the big problem. I know how disappointed you were when you found out I was the one with the device and you had to do what you did, but I also want you to know I never thought you were rough with me, you were just doing your job. 
To everyone else, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team, JGR, the Stewart family; MotoConcept team members Vince Freise, James, Dave Dye, Daniel Castloo, Shauna Genova and Sandy Genova; I’m sorry for the outcome of this, it was never my intentions and I will work hard to learn from all of this and return to a professional human that uses his brain before making actions.
To the motorcycle community, I hope this does not reflect who I am because I’m not the person it looks like I am right now and I will try and prove that in the future.
  Jeff Alessi
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