News 20 Jun 2023
Season-best race of P2 a positive for Vialle into break
250MX international limited by tough opening moto at High Point.
A runner-up result in race two at High Point marked the best finish of the 250MX season to date for two-time world champion Tom Vialle, the Red Bull KTM rider entering the first weekend off in this year’s Pro Motocross Championship on a positive note.
Vialle was forced out of the final moto a week earlier at Thunder Valley with a wrist injury sustained in the opening encounter, hopeful that the damage was ‘nothing serious’ as he targeted round four.
The Frenchman qualified 13th amidst the challenging track conditions in Mt. Morris, with an early crash leaving him to make an array of passes on his way back P11. A better opening lap in race two saw the 250 SX-F rider fourth in the early stages, taking second from Chance Hymas (Team Honda HRC) to claim a runner-up result.
“It was very muddy here at High Point at the beginning of the day,” the 22-year-old reflected. “First moto, unfortunately, I fell in the first corner with another rider – I had nowhere to go, so I charged through the field for 11th.
“Second moto was a better start, which was important for vision, and then I got in behind Hunter [Lawrence] and was on him for a lot of the race, and finished in P2 which was good. Two weeks before the next one, my wrist was okay here as we taped it up very good, so the rest will be good.”
That 11-2 scorecard landed Vialle fifth overall in Pennsylvania, as the 2023 Pro Motocross Championship now heads into its first weekend off of the year before resuming at RedBud on 1 July.