Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialle has been crowned 2020 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion after winning the first race aboard his KTM 250 SX-F at the MXGP of Pietramurata in Arco di Trento, Italy on November 4. Here is all you need to know:
– Frenchman Vialle continues a rich MX2 history for KTM as the ninth rider to win a championship title in the lower capacity class aboard a KTM 250 SX-F.
– Vialle came into the penultimate round with a sizeable points lead and easily won the opening race at the picturesque Italian track to secure an emotional first world title, even though he was penalised after Time Practice and relegated to last at the start gate.
– In the second sprint – with his bike wearing a new dedicatory gold livery and #1 plate – Vialle suffered a blow on the opening lap when he bent his gearshifter under the bike and required a stop in the pitlane for a replacement leaving him 23rd by the end.
– He revealed: “I’m so happy, but there have been a lot of emotions today. I was a bit angry with the verdict (in qualifying) this morning but to make the holeshot and lead the first moto was fantastic. I was almost crying on the last lap. There was so much emotion. It was really special. I want to say a big thanks to the whole team.”
– In only his second term racing at Grand Prix level, 20-year-old Vialle has demonstrated incredible talent and maturity throughout the 18-round championship.
– The KTM star scored consistently strong results to earn a comfortable lead, thanks to his seven Grand Prix overall wins heading into the final triple-header.
– The victory confirms KTM’s fifth consecutive title in the category, with 13 championship victories in 17 years of MX2 competition for the Austrian manufacturer.
– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Dirk Gruebel said: “Tom showed his potential in his first year with us in 2019. There was real progression, but then over the winter he made another big step to be a title contender and world champion. He didn’t look back.”
– KTM Vice President Motorsports Offroad Robert Jonas added: “Tom has kept calm to make it happen week by week and our KTM 250 SX-F is proven once again. 2020 has been a big challenge for everyone with a different type of intensity, but we are proud to have come through and to be celebrating this championship win.”
– The MXGP of Garda Trentino finale will take place on November 8 at the Pietramurata circuit.