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As you might have read in the preview for the Grand Prix of Italy, Jeff Alessi will be on the start line, and Michael Leib will not. Obviously with the credit crisis hitting America many young American riders are looking for the chance to race professionally, and just like Brett Metcalfe having to move to Canada to race, riders like Leib and Alessi also need to find a ride.

Alessi will ride the GP this weekend with support from JK SKS Gebben Yamaha Racing team, while Leib and the Beursfoon team have parted ways.

Here is part of a press release from the Beursfoon Rockstar Suzuki team.

The Beursfoon Rockstar Suzuki Team has decided to immediately terminate the cooperation with Michael Leib.

In November 2012 Michael Leib was guest driver for the team during some supercross races and has a number of tests done on the engines of the team. This pleased him so well that the plan was hatched to the Grand Prix and Dutch Championship to ride in 2013. After all, his contract with Kawasaki CLS was broken and he was looking for a new team. We wanted to help him, as he is a talented rider and certainly was an asset to the team.


In the winter he raced some supercross races in America for the team of his father and then he broke his arm. Michael was back riding too fast which caused his arm partially broke again, which meant that he had to miss the first few races of the Dutch Championship and the Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. There was contact with Michael weekly but unfortunately did his arm healed poorly.

End of May then there was finaly the moment that Michael came to the Netherlands. Despite reports that in America he was training every day, he could no longer ride here in the Netherlands, 15 to 20 minutes. The team contacted a specialist in the Netherlands to study his medical condition.