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Insight: Tom Vialle secures first victory in style at Southwick

Frenchman gives his view on a brilliant day at the office.

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Taming the sands of Southwick masterfully to claim his first first Pro Motocross overall victory, Tom Vialle cut a delighted figure when speaking in the post-race press conference. Read the Red Bull KTM star’s insights from an action-packed day, where the two-time MX2 champion spoke on topics like his adaptation to racing in America, how Southwick stacks up compared to European sand tracks and working with Marvin Musquin.

Question: Tom Vialle. First AMA National win and moto win – congratulations. What does it mean to you to win your first AMA National and what are your thoughts on this track and the conditions today at Southwick?

Tom Vialle: It means a lot. I had a few tough races and took time, you know, even to be on the podium. Was tough to be honest and I’m getting everything together now. I feel better on the bike and starting to feel like myself again like last year. So I think we are in a good way for the end of the season. Track was nice, but like I said on the podium, I know the sand, and the track is way different than for example Lommel. The track underneath was hard here, but it was nice. It was nice to be back on the sand and hopefully we can continue like this next weekend.

Q: When you were in Europe, you spent a lot of time in Lommel and in the bottomless sand of the Netherlands and Belgium. You mentioned this track has a hard base. I guess how did you feel on this track considering the conditions?

TV: Yeah, I mean in Europe all the teams are more or less based in Belgium so we have done lots (of riding) in the sand in the winter. We used to do a lot in the sand. I mean, the track is a little bit different, and was kind of hard so it’s in no way like Lommel this track. But maybe like close to Valkenswaard or a track like this that’s hard underneath. And I mean I liked the track, it was pretty nice. Actually it was not super rough. It was rough, but more like small braking bumps, like not big waves like we can see in Lommel. But it was nice and I had some fun.

Q: Tom, we talk about getting a comfortable setup in the Nationals and obviously in the European races in MXGP you get to ride more of a specialised motorcycle. Has it taken you a little bit to get a bike that you feel comfortable that’s more familiar with what you rode that you used for your two world championships.

TV: The weekend is way different, you know, we don’t have so much time .That’s maybe why I struggle a little bit in the first moto, but I mean like everyone told me early in the first practice you have to do a good lap because it’s often the fastest. And even on the first lap I jumped the finish jump, like it’s not a big jump, but I don’t even know about it, as I’ve never jumped it before. And I have to go from the second lap full gas almost so it’s pretty tough. I am not this kind of rider normally, I try to anticipate the track and take some time – like in Europe, where we had like 30 minutes of free practice. Yeah, after two or three laps, you have to ride like it’s almost 100% so it’s pretty tough. I’m getting used to it, actually getting better each weekend on time practice. But for sure it’s not easy.

Q: Tom. I believe this is the first to 250 win for KTM since Marvin was in the class, and I know Marvin has been helping you and mentoring you as you adjust to the U.S. Can you talk about that relationship, how he’s been an asset to you? And you know, maybe also now what that kind of means to you now that you’re starting a new chapter for KTM in the 250 class?

TV: Yeah, so I started to work with Marvin for the outdoors. I mean, I needed someone close and who knows the tracks and he helps me a lot from his experience. He’s ridden here for many years so you know, he knows a lot about each track. And we talk a lot before the motos about the lines and stuff and trying to help get me a little bit more comfortable on the track and that is working pretty good so far.

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Ferruccio Zanchi is the new face in Team HRC, with the Italian youngster leading the renewed CRF250R programme for 2024. Watch on, to get to know a bit more about this new MX2 rider.

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Hawkstone International in the books for Gabriel SS24 KTM

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In the MX2 class Cas qualified 3rd and had a good feeling on the sandy circuit. In moto 1 he had a good start but struggled to pass on the one lined track and by the time he got to third position the leaders had pulled away. Shortly into moto 2 there was a red flag with a full restart. Cas again restarted in second behind current MX2 world champion Adrea Adamo to where he would finish the 25 minute + 1 lap race. As well as securing 2nd on the podium these results qualified Cas to line up for the superfinal. The MX2 riders were let off the gate first shortly followed by the MX1 riders. Cas started in second and throughout the moto was picked off gradually by the faster 450 machines. He finished a very respectable 12th in the combined results, and the second MX2 machine. Up next for Cas is Lierop International this Sunday 3rd March.


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Coming into the weekend Josh was carrying a slight lower back issue but was able to compete and got stronger as the day went on. He qualified 17th which he was not happy with but didn’t let it affect him ahead of the races. In moto 1 he had an unusually bad start but got up to 11th place just behind Adam Sterry and despite getting close was not able to make the pass. In moto 2 he had another good jump but had more bad luck when he got caught up with another rider and had a first turn crash. Coming from dead last he came through the pack to finish 10th. Heading into the superfinal Josh rode his best all day and finished the superfinal 7th in the combined results, 6th MX1 machine and top British rider for which he received the Vaughan Semmens Memorial Trophy for. This was Josh’s last preseason race to get the final touches sorted before his season officially starts in Argentina for the MXGP series on the 9th/10th March.

Team Manager Shaun Simpson, said: “Hawkstone is always a great pre-season race and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! Probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Hawkstone in the last 20 years. It’s a great test for the riders and was nice for us to showcase our new paddock setup for our British fans and sponsors. Both Josh and Cas steadily got better as the day went on, the mechanics done a fantastic job with the tight schedule and it was nice for Cas to get his first podium of the season. We are gathering some momentum now and are looking forward to Lierop this weekend for Cas and Argentina in two weeks to start the MXGP championship with Josh.”

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Lucas and Sacha Coenen confirmed for Lierop

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This Sunday (March 3) the Dutch motocross season will start at the Herselse Bossen circuit in Lierop. The field of racers is getting stronger and stronger and it promises to be a really high-level race.


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The MX2 class is full of young and motivated riders and Lucas and Sacha Coenen will join them for Lierop. These talented twins regularly impressed in the MX2 World Championship last year and Lucas won his first Grand Prix in Indonesia at the age of sixteen.

A fifth place was his share in the final standings and he certainly wants to improve on that this year. Sacha also regularly showed that he has the speed to compete at the front. Highlights were his second place in the qualifying heat in Finland and top five finishes in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

In the deep sand of Lierop, the Coenen brothers will compete against riders like Kay de Wolf, Cas Valk, Hakon Osterhagen, Max Werner, Scott Smulders, Bradley Mesters, Hakon Fredriksen, Oriol Oliver and others.

Also in the 500 class we get fireworks with the participation of Jeffrey Herlings, Jago Geerts, Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Brent van Doninck and others.

The weather forecast looks good, so the Dutch MX Season Opener in Lierop has all the ingredients to see a great day of racing.

For more information have a look at www.maclierop.nl

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