Mike Alessi will never forget the Red Bud Motocross race back in 2008, no matter how hard he tries.
"When I hit the ground, and the impact, I was out cold. Immediately. Basically sleeping, I was taking a nap on the track. Almost died, probably should have died." Alessi said.
Alessi was coming up a hill when he lost control of his bike, flying into the air and landing on the other end of a jump. Bike after bike ran Alessi over has he lay unconscious on the dirt.
"I try not to think about it, especially when I come here. I try to look past it but obviously it's something that is a huge part of my life that happened."
Alessi broke both scapulas, fractured three ribs, a major concussion knocked him out cold.
"It's tough because I don't really remember anything from the crash and from in the moment what happened, just from what I've seen on TV."
And he's seen plenty of it, but he's not into reliving that horrific moment. In fact Alessi doesn't really like to talk about it at all.
"It's something that I'm trying to get past and look forward, not think about it this weekend, not let that happen again. Try and make that section become not part of me, but it's going to help me."
The 24-year old racer showed little fear after the wreck, he was back on his bike just three weeks later. His competitive drive has kept him there.
"Second in points. One of my best seasons I'm having so far and looking forward to just continuing the streak and having some fun and keep getting good results."
Alessi will be the first to tell you crashes like that happen. A soft patch on the track, one wrong move, that's all it takes.
"To most people they probably would've never gotten on the bike again, or they'd be six feet under, I'm sorry to say that. It's the reality of it and that's the truth, it's just a brutal sport and it kind of comes with the territory, you're taking risks."
He knows it's a risk every time out on the track and being back at Red Bud doesn't help ease any of that. But each year he's here is one more year he can use to help put that crash behind him.
"Hopefully this weekend will come good and we'll get a nice little win, that'd be awesome."
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