Introducing the 2018 Team Monster Energy/Alpinestars/Piller’s/Kawasaki

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Maryhill, ON – April 20, 2018)

Introducing Team Monster Energy/Alpinestars/Piller’s/Kawasaki

Although our team riders are icons of Canadian motocross and need no introduction, we at Huber Motorsports are so proud of these extraordinary athletes – representing the colours of Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Piller’s Fine Foods and Canadian Kawasaki Motors – we wanted to give them their due and shed some light on their career laurels as we gear up for the rapidly approaching MX segment of the MRC Triple Crown Series. Look for Mike Alessi and Tyler Medaglia to be among the frontrunners in the 450 MX Tour and Shawn Maffenbeier – fresh off his AX Tour 250 Pro Championship winning performance – ready to defend his 2017 MX2 Championship title.

Mike Alessi – MX1

Hilliard, Florida native Mike Alessi’s rise through the amateur ranks began at the age of six when he won his first National Championship at Loretta Lynn’s in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Ten years later Mike had tied James Stewart Jr’s all-time Amateur National Championships record with 11 wins. A star was born and Alessi would soon find himself being courted by some of the top MX teams in America.

In the pro ranks, which he joined at the age of 16 in 2004, Mike didn’t disappoint. In his rookie year, he became the youngest rider to podium in the 450cc class, when he finished third behind Ricky Carmichael and Kevin Windham at Steel City. Numerous national calibre race wins followed, with Mike finishing second overall in the Lites Motocross Championship in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 and 2012 he was runner-up in the 450 class. Mike currently sits 38th on the all-time AMA “win” record list. Racing against the best World Championship riders in 2010, Mike rose to the occasion by claiming second overall at the U.S. MX1 Grand Prix in Glen Helen.

In 2014, his debut season in Canada, Mike finished an impressive second overall in the MX1 Motocross Nationals points ranking, winning five out of ten overalls. During the process, he also won himself a spot on the list of fan and media favourites across the country. Other racing commitments kept Mike out of Canada in 2015, except for a guest appearance at Round 3 in Calgary. Back for a full season in 2016, Mike signed a twoyear contract with Monster Energy/Alpinestars/Kawasaki, finishing the MX1 Nationals with a fifth place ranking. Last year he claimed the No.4 plate.

Not surprisingly, in addition to making a name for himself in the U.S. and Canada, Mike Alessi is a household name in Europe. Over the years he has raced selected international supercross events across the Continent. Among his best results was a victory at the IP Supercross in Genoa, Italy in 2009. He also won the Dortmund Supercross (Germany) in 2005; the Munich Supercross(Germany) in 2011 and was crowned King of the Stuttgart Supercross (Germany) in 2011. In 2014, Mike scored second place at the Stockholm Supercross in Sweden.

Tyler Medaglia – MX1

Ottawa-born Tyler Medaglia has been a force to be reckoned with in Canadian motocross for more than a decade. In addition to claiming two consecutive MX2 Canadian National Championships (2010/2011), winning an AMA Arenacross West Championship in 2009, and twice taking the checkered flag first at the Montreal Supercross, Tyler has been a steady top five performer in the MX1 Nationals. An indication of Tyler’s value as a topnotch rider is reflected by the fact that he has represented Team Canada at the Motocross of Nations a record five times: 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and more recently in 2016 and 2017.
Accumulating championships is something Tyler did from the time he started racing sanctioned motocross at the age of seven, nailing down five amateur titles. He did well in the United States also, where scoring some top-ten to top-five moto finishes at the storied Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross National bolstered his confidence in a sport that would lead to a successful pro career A serious crash at the start of the 2004 season, however, saw Tyler miss two-years of racing, in order to regain his health.
In 2006, Tyler impressed by grabbing sixth overall in the MX2 East Championship. He never looked back. The following year he leapfrogged to a third overall finish in the series. Tyler would go on to prove his mettle in the MX1 class, finishing third in the 2008 points chase and fifth in 2009. Since then – except for his return to MX2 in 2010/2011 – he has been a top five fixture in the premier class.

Outside of motocross Tyler has been equally at home in other dirt-bike disciplines. He has raced GNCC (Grand National Cross Country) in the U.S., nailing down top-five results, and was a member of Team Canada at the 2017 ISDE (International Six Days Enduro), which was held in France from August 28th to September 2nd. Tyler held his own in the company of some of the best enduro riders on the planet, winning two timed stages as well as the motocross segment. Within a month, he would be at Matterley Basin near Winchester in the UK, to ride for Team Canada’s MX of Nations motocross team.
After marrying Brookfield, Nova Scotia native Heidi Cooke – one of the most successful female motocross racers ever in Canada, and sister of former top-10 ace Mitch Cooke – Tyler relocated to Brookfield. When not busy racing and training, Tyler pitches in at home, looking after the couple’s three children while mom helps run the Cooke’s third generation family bakery business, Brookfield Bakery & Cafe. In his spare time, Tyler also enjoys racing bicycles and is among the frontrunners in cyclocross and long-distance road racing. Although he always races to win, he considers these two sports a hobby and an excellent way to help stay in top shape.

Shawn Maffenbeier – MX2

Born and raised in the small town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Shawn Maffenbeier started racing motorcycles at the age of four. Competing and growing through the amateur ranks of the provincial series in Saskatchewan, Shawn claimed an impressive 11 Provincial Championship titles.

In 2008, at the age of 16, Shawn turned pro. That year he competed in the entire MX2 National Championship. Although his first pro year proved to be a challenge, the lessons learned proved to be the beginning of a journey to success. Throughout the years, Shawn consistently improved his racing craft, which were reflected in his overall results.

In 2013, Shawn was able to land his first factory ride on the OTSFF Sports Marketing Group program and earned his first career win at the last MX2 National of the season in Walton, ON. Shawn would spend the following two years with the OTSFF team, finishing a respectable third and fourth in the MX2 title chase.

In 2016, Shawn was presented with the opportunity to join Redemption Racing, where he confirmed once again that he was a serious contender for the MX2 National Championship. The prairie boy logged his personal pro career best that year, claiming runner-up in the MX2 class. That result landed him a berth on the Canadian Motocross of Nations team, along with Tyler Medaglia and Kaven Benoit, to contest the Motocross of Nations in Italy. After an incredible summer of steadily landing on the podium in the MX2 Canadian Nationals, Shawn did his country proud by helping the national team score a 10th overall.

Shawn was invited to join the MX101 team to campaign the 2017 MX2 National Championship – an invitation he accepted – as he had only a one-year agreement with Redemption Racing. Buoyed by the strong friendship he had enjoyed with the MX101 crew for some time, Shawn not only felt right at home, he felt more empowered and inspired than ever to make his dream of claiming the MX2 No.1 plate come true. He completed the feat with confidence and flair, nailing down six out of the ten overall wins.

Shawn was again asked to join Team Canada, which again included his current Monster Energy/Alpinestars/Piller’s/Kawasaki teammate Tyler Medaglia, to race the 2017 Motocross of Nations. This time in England. Although the weather was not exactly favourable, with heavy rains turning the challenging GP track into a quagmire, Team Canada still managed to log a 13th overall place finish on the world stage.

In dedication to Gerhart Huber’s youngest son, Kurtis—who has autism—Monster Energy/ Alpinestars/ Piller’s/ Kawasaki will be campaigning the entire MRC Triple Crown Series in support of Autism Awareness.

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