Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki announces 2016 Canadian National Motocross Team

March 31, 2016


The Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki team is excited to announce they’ll be contesting the 2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross series under a new team name, with an all-new lineup, consisting of Mike Alessi and Vince Friese competing in the MX1 class and Jacob Hayes racing for the MX2 championship.

 Team owner, Jason Hughes, is excited about the team he’s fielding in 2016: “I think this is the best lineup we’ve been able to put together in the eight years we’ve been competing. We’ve got proven MX1 race winners in Mike Alessi and Vince Friese, and Jacob Hayes did a tremendous job for us this past winter in the Monster Energy Canadian Arenacross Tour so we’re excited to see what he can do in the outdoors. We’re also excited to announce that after being our boot partner since our team’s inception, Alpinestars has come on board to be our new gear sponsor and we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

 Competing in MX1 on the all-new 2016 Kawasaki KX450F are Mike Alessi and Vince Friese.  California native, Alessi, is a multi-time AMA National Motocross winner, a multi-time CMRC Canadian National Motocross winner and a runner-up finisher in both the 250 and 450 AMA National Motocross Championships and the 2014 CMRC Canadian National Motocross Championship.

 Missouri native, Friese, is a podium finisher in AMA 250 Supercross and finished third overall in the 2014 AMA Supercross 250 East Championship. He finished second overall in the 2014 CMRC Canadian Motocross MX2 Championship, and in his only appearance in the MX1 class, last season at Calgary, took the overall win.

 Competing on the 2016 Kawasaki KX250F in the MX2 class is North Carolina’s Jacob Hayes. One of the top Arenacross riders in the world, Hayes competed for the team in the inaugural Monster Energy Canadian National Arenacross tour, winning the Championship. He also finished second overall in the 2015 AMA Arenacross Championship and currently leads the points in the 2016 title chase. With his strong indoor skills, he’s looking forward to lining up outdoors for the team to showcase his outdoor abilities.

 The team will also be supporting local Kamloops native, Josh Allen, in the MX1 class. Allen will be contesting all ten rounds in search of a Top Ten overall placing in the series.

 The 2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross series consists of ten rounds, starting on June 5 in the hometown of the Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki team – Kamloops, British Columbia