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which he had abandoned some four years ago. Stewart felt that switching to a Yoshimura backed Suzuki Z450 was his solution to do just that. Dungey & KTM Ryan Dungey, who also missed out on a Supercross series title bid, via an injured shoulder, was also back on the scene. Dungey was looking to take his factory backed KTM to yet another outdoor title, to match his 2010 race series championship aboard a factory Suzuki. The fact that his mentor and muse, Roger DeCoster, was the team manager at KTM, only added to the speculation that the championship was Dungey’s to win or lose, depending on how James Stewart did aboard Dungey’s former factory ride at Suzuki. The main action, in the 450 class it was felt, would be be- Michael Alessi has a knack for hole- shots and leading Pro Motocross events. Mike’s issues have been his slipping back in the pack after the start. This year, with his new Suzuki Moto Concepts Z450 ride, he has looked smoother, more in control and faster overall than ever. He cur- rently sits at second place, behind Dungey, in the points standings and fiercely holding onto that spot. Way to go Mike www.dirtillustrated.com