News 26 Mar 2019

MX2 rookie Vialle emulates Herlings with maiden podium

Red Bull KTM talent third at the MXGP of Great Britain.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle has emulated his senior teammate and reigning MXGP world champion Jeffrey Herlings by scoring a maiden podium in just his second ever race in the MX2 World Championship.

The rookie performed strongly at Matterley Basin’s second round in Great Britain over the weekend, notching up an impressive 3-4 scorecard to round out the podium in third.

His overall placing mirrors that of Herlings’ maiden podium, which he landed in his second grand prix at the MXGP of Lombardia in 2010, finishing behind now AMA contenders Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin.

“It was a really good weekend,” said Vialle. “I had ridden well during the week and it fed into the practice sessions and both motos. I’m really happy with my starts because being at the front helps me find my rhythm – it is so important.

“I think a very good winter has helped with my transition from EMX to MX2. My feeling on the bike is another positive thing. Today has been a big step for me.”

The MXGP World Championship heads to Valkenswaard in The Netherlands this weekend for round three of the series.