Red Bull KTM Factory Racing claimed a pair of podium results in Arlington's Millitary Appreciation Round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, where Aaron Plessinger placed third in the 450SX Main Event and Tom Vialle landed a first-career 250SX East podium.
Plessinger made his customary recovery from a lowly qualifying position to go on and lead the opening Heat of the night on his way to P2. A strong start in the Main Event placed him in contention and he was able to greet the checkered flag in third position, which also has him ranked third in the current championship standings on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.
Aaron Plessinger:"It was another good night for me to be on the podium again here in Arlington. The bike's good and I've been having the most fun so far this year that I've had in a season. It's just been good, everything is coming to me. Like tonight, I was riding around thinking I was pretty much off the podium, before at the end of the race some things switched around and I got to be up here. It was a good race, I feel good and am still feeling fresh too."
Defending premier class champion Chase Sexton was quick out of the gates on his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, second fastest in qualifying and then fourth in his Heat. The Main Event proved more challenging though, coming from outside of the top 10 at the end of the opening lap to claim important points for sixth place. He's now positioned fourth in the series.
Chase Sexton:"We finished sixth in Arlington, it isn't where we aim to be, but we will look ahead to next weekend and aim to keep fighting from here."
As 250SX East resumed with Round 2 following two weekends off, Vialle's day began in more difficult fashion in crashing during the afternoon, but he managed to rebound for fifth in his Heat Race. That set him up for the Main Event, where the two-time MX2 World Champion charged to a first-career Supercross podium in third position following a convincing effort on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.
Tom Vialle:"We're happy to be on the podium and excited with the result. I had an okay day, aside from my crash in practice, and that affected me in the Heat race, so it wasn't great for the gate pick. I was able to ride well the whole Main Event, it's amazing to get my first podium in Supercross and I want to fight now for the win – that's really the goal from this point."
Next Race: March 2 – Daytona Beach, Florida
Results 450SX Class – Arlington
1. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha
2. Eli Tomac (USA), Yamaha 3. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM OTHER KTM 6. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM 17. Justin Hill (USA), KTM
Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 7 of 17 rounds
1. Jett Lawrence, 135 points
2. Cooper Webb, 132 3. Aaron Plessinger, 128 4. Chase Sexton, 127 OTHER KTM 18. Justin Hill, 29
Results 250SX East Class –
1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
2. Cameron McAdoo (USA), Kawasaki 3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 2 of 9 rounds
1. Max Anstie, 38 points
2. Pierce Brown, 34
3. Daxton Bennick, 32 OTHER KTM 11. Tom Vialle, 24
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Manuel Lettenbichler has put in an incredible ride in Sofia, Bulgaria to finish second overall at the penultimate round of the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Achieving his best result of the season so far, Mani maintains third in the championship standings heading into next weekend’s seventh and final round in Newcastle, United Kingdom.
MX2 Grand Prix winner Liam Everts will sit out the first round of the 2024 MXGP series at Neuquen in Argentina on March 9-10 to recover from an injury to his right thumb, sustained in a light training crash in Belgium this week.
MotoGP moved from Asia to the Middle East and from Malaysia to Qatar for the second pre-season test of the 2024 campaign. Brad Binder logged the 9th fastest effort through the two seven-hour sessions across two days and Jack Miller was 11th quickest as Red Bull KTM registered almost 220 laps in their chase of the best set-up to enter the new calendar.
Promising outing for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing with both Brad Binder and Jack Miller under the lap record set in 2023 and more than a second faster than the best race time from last year
Brad Binder produces 106 laps, a time nearly two tenths of a second under the lap record and six tenths from P1 at the Qatar test
Jack Miller is just over a tenth of a second behind his teammate after 112 times around the flat, curving Losail layout
Round one of 2024 MotoGP will take place at the same venue for the Grand Prix of Qatar and where the team have scored 2nd and 5th position finishes in the last two editions of the race
KTM swapped heat, humidity and a sticky Sepang International Circuit for the evening lights, strong breeze and sandy, abrasive asphalt of the Lusail International Circuit as Qatar hosted the second and final pre-season test of 2024 MotoGP. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing joined their peers for a two-day run at the 5.4km course north of Doha, and the last chance to try parts and ideas and homologate configurations of the KTM RC16 for the campaign ahead.
Brad Binder and Jack Miller took profit of a track that gradually became cleaner throughout use on Monday to re-try technical directions with aerodynamics and other mods discovered in Malaysia two weeks previously. The second day provided a final bout of confirmation before work also addressed set-up for the forthcoming Grand Prix (with a view towards the 11-lap Sprint and 22-lap full distance event). A time attack ‘blast’ resulted with Binder in 9th and Miller a slither of a second behind in 11th.
Only 17 days separate the last laps of the test in Lusail until the first circulations of the Grand Prix of Qatar and the opening round of 21 in the 2024 MotoGP season. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will get fast again when it counts on Friday March 8th to launch their eighth term on the premier class grid.
With the full support of KTM, the Junior e-Motocross Series returns for 2024 and today, registration has officially opened for youngsters who race a KTM SX-E 5 to secure one of 40 spots on the start line. Proving to be incredibly popular since its inception in 2021, the five-round, e-motorsport competition caters for young motocross riders between six and eight years old and takes place alongside.
Covers off and sights narrowed: 2024 will represent KTM’s eighth year on the MotoGP grid and there have been plenty of milestones among the mileage. Brad Binder, Jack Miller, the full Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad, the testing crew and engineering operation back in Austria are primed for another stellar campaign in which the sporting targets lie in the stats.