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    The Gran Premi de Catalunya brought MotoGP to round six of 21 for 2024 and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing flew around the sunny and warm climes of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to bag a top ten result. Brad Binder classified 8th with the KTM RC16 as Jack Miller suffered a DNF in northeastern Spain.


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    A convincing start to the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship saw Chase Sexton finish third overall at Fox Raceway on Saturday, delivering 4-3 results across the pair of 450MX motos, while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Tom Vialle was also on the podium in 250MX with P3 overall.

    Sexton's first appearance outdoors on the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION saw him qualify in second position, before an early crash in Moto 1 this afternoon saw him forced to work his way back through the field for P4. He came out swinging in Moto 2 and challenged for the victory, eventually taking the checkered flag in a close second position to secure third overall.

    Chase Sexton: "The bike has been really good outdoors and I think that comes from KTM's experience in MXGP. We're happy with this finish to be on the podium, and we still have some work to do, but it will be an evolution throughout the season. We're looking forward to Hangtown now."

    Fox Raceway marked the return to competition for Aaron Plessinger in the 450MX ranks, where he impressed on his way to third place in the opening encounter. The Cowboy was unfortunately involved in a first-turn pile-up in Moto 2, recovering for 12th position and being credited seventh overall for the weekend.

    Aaron Plessinger: "Pala was okay and it was how I expected myself to be coming into it. The first moto was really, really good, I got off to a great start and was right there on Jett [Lawrence]. I started riding tight but loosened up toward the end and got third. Second moto, unfortunately, had a crash in the first corner, so I did what I could and salvaged 12th. Seventh overall isn't the end of the world, I'll take that and we'll go to Hangtown swinging – I'm excited!"

    A podium result in the 250MX category saw two-time MX2 World Champion and new 250SX East number one Tom Vialle finish third overall on his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Vialle accelerated to the holeshot in Moto 1 and led a share of laps before reaching the finish in P3, but a penalty following an off-track excursion later demoted him to fourth.

    Vialle fell in the opening laps of the second moto, but recovered for third position, which in turn sealed him P3 on the podium to commence the season. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 250MX teammate Julien Beaumer began his first full Pro Motocross campaign with a 13-9 scorecard for 11th overall.

    Tom Vialle: "I had a great start in the first moto, was able to lead a few laps, and I got a little tight with some arm-pump, so I finished third. Second moto, I had a crash early in the moto, so I was around sixth and came back to third. At the end of the day, of course, I wanted to do a little bit better, but we started the first round of the podium overall and I think we can only do better in the next races. I feel good with the bike and physically, so I'm really excited for Hangtown."

    Julien Beaumer: "It was a tough first round for me. I didn't ride the best and wasn't the comfiest, so we've got some work to do this week, and we'll come back out swinging at Hangtown."

    Next Race: June 1 – Hangtown, California

    Results 450MX Class – Fox Raceway National
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Chase Sexton (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    5. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    7. Aaron Plessinger (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    9. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Husqvarna
    15. Christian Craig (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 1 of 11 rounds
    1. Jett Lawrence, 50 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 42
    3. Chase Sexton, 40
    5. Justin Barcia, 32
    7. Aaron Plessinger, 30
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 29
    15. Christian Craig, 12

    Results 250MX Class – Fox Raceway National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
    3. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    10. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    11. Julien Beaumer (USA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
    19. Casey Cochran (USA), Husqvarna

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 1 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 50 points
    2. Levi Kitchen, 44
    3. Tom Vialle, 38
    8. Pierce Brown, 26
    10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 23
    11. Julien Beaumer, 22
    19. Casey Cochran, 8


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    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will enter the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship beginning this Saturday in Pala, California, where Chase Sexton and Aaron Plessinger intend to challenge for the 450MX Class title, while Tom Vialle and Julien Beaumer are carrying high hopes for the 250MX season ahead.

    Ahead of his maiden motocross campaign since joining the team this season, Sexton has swiftly adapted to the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION outdoors, and is coming off a spectacular Main Event victory at Salt Lake City's AMA Supercross Championship Finals last weekend. With momentum increasing, the 24-year-old is determined to build upon his six-career 450MX overall wins over the course of this year's 11-round series and to factor in the title race.

    Chase Sexton: "I'm ready for outdoors! The team and I made some good development inroads by the end of the Supercross season to make me feel comfortable and at home with the bike and team. Winning in Salt Lake really bolstered my confidence, and we want to keep that momentum going into Pala MX this weekend. We will keep doing what we’ve been doing all year long and working to get better with every race. I know I have a good group of people around me, so plan to throw everything at it this motocross season."

    Fan favorite Plessinger will make his anticipated and welcome return from a fractured elbow that unfortunately ended his Supercross season prematurely. The Cowboy – himself a former 250MX National Champion – has been busy preparing in the background during recent weeks, due to race his way back to 100 percent fitness when the gates drop and the season opens. Last year, the 28-year-old finished third in the final 450MX standings with three podiums to his credit.

    Aaron Plessinger: "I love racing outdoors, so can’t wait for the season to start – outdoor fans are my people! I’ve been back on my bike riding motocross for a few weeks now after injuring my elbow during Supercross. It’s actually given me a bit of a head start on the other guys, so I guess that’s the positive on what was a negative of having my SX season cut short. I’m looking forward to getting amongst the fans every weekend and having a good time with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team crew every weekend."

    The 250MX Class will be led by two-time MX2 World Champion Vialle on his 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, the Frenchman who just wrapped up the 2024 AMA Supercross 250SX East Championship this month. Already a Pro Motocross round winner at Southwick last year, the 23-year-old has increased experience this time around – certain to capitalize from the confidence gained following his title-winning season in the stadiums.

    Tom Vialle: "It’s nice to come into the start of the 2024 MX series with confidence and momentum on the back of winning the 250SX East title and with knowledge on my side from last year. I’m returning to tracks that I got to race on last year, which has been the hardest part for me transitioning to racing in the US – racing on new tracks every week. It certainly helped me in returning to many of the same locations in Supercross, so I’m sure it will be the same for Pro Motocross this year. Every race outdoors also counts towards the overall SMX series points, so my goal is to be consistent and on the box every weekend."

    As for 18-year-old revelation Beaumer, the highly-regarded rookie made two appearances at the end of last season and instantly claimed an impressive ninth position overall at Budds Creek on debut. His Supercross campaign in the 250SX West division further displayed his ability to accelerate his learning curve in the professional ranks and that will play into his favor as the season progresses.

    Julien Beaumer: "I'm really looking forward to racing my first full season with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team outdoors. I was lucky enough to make my pro debut and race the final few MX rounds last season to get a little bit of early experience, which will definitely help me this year. My goal this season is to learn as much as I can and get better with every round – I want to be on the podium this season."

    With a positive AMA Supercross season complete, Pro Motocross marks the second phase of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) series, taking off this Saturday, May 25, at the Fox Raceway National and spanning 11 rounds across the United States before culminating at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 24. It's yet another opportunity to challenge for championships for the READY TO RACE Red Bull KTM Factory Racing roster.

    Ian Harrison – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: "We are excited for the Pro Motocross season and having all four riders on track at the opening round. Chase was extremely strong last year outdoors and I will say it will be a high-pressure situation to keep that same momentum heading into the 2024 season – time will soon tell in a few days' time here. Aaron has been doing a great job getting ready for the season, his elbow has healed quickly, and his bike is basically where it was at last year, but with a couple of small improvements. He seems like he's in a good spot and I'm happy to see him back for this weekend. On the 250 side, I think Tom will go into the outdoors very confident after winning the Supercross championship and already being a two-time MX2 World Champion, so momentum is on his side, too. Julien is entering his first full season, so we are expecting him to grow as the season progresses, and he has great teammates around him to help with that progression."

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