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    TOM VIALLE AND RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING WIN DAYTONA 250SX MAIN EVENT

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    A spectacular first win in the AMA Supercross Championship was earned by Tom Vialle at Daytona International Speedway tonight, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 250SX East contender breaking through in challenging conditions at the world-famous venue. Round 8 also saw Chase Sexton finish on the podium, claiming second position in the 450SX Main Event.

    Two-time MX2 World Champion Vialle moved to the U.S. full-time last season and raced to a first Supercross podium just one week ago in Arlington, now becoming a race winner onboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.

    The 23-year-old Frenchman qualified third fastest this afternoon and then was second in his Heat Race to keep the momentum going into the night program. Vialle was third at the conclusion of the opening lap of the Main Event and then took charge on lap five, going on to win by 4.997 seconds. As a result, he's moved to within three points of the series lead.

    Tom Vialle: "It was nice to grab the win after having my first podium last week and now my first victory here in Daytona. The track was tough, but I actually feel good. I didn't have a great start, but I passed a lot of guys and it feels so good – it's amazing to win. I want to thank my team and everybody who works with me and supports me. It's amazing to race at Daytona and to get this result!"

    Daytona was also a positive outing for defending 450SX Champion Sexton, qualifying second in the single session held during the afternoon and then racing to second in his Heat despite a crash while challenging for the lead. He factored at the front once again in the Main Event, leading the opening four laps until eventually taking the checkered flag in third position aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. Sexton has climbed to P3 in the standings, currently 13 points outside of the red plate.

    Chase Sexton: "This is definitely a step in the right direction. I've had a rough couple of weeks with my hand being hurt, but tonight was good. Overall, this is another building block and we'll go back to work this week. I finally got to ride between races this past week with my hand and we're not done yet, just gotta keep building and keep moving forward."

    This weekend marked the most difficult of the season for teammate Aaron Plessinger after he crashed heavily in the Main Event. His day started with promise, setting the eighth quickest lap in qualifying and then scoring P3 in his Heat, however, a crash while running sixth in the Main Event ended his hopes of a strong result, eventually salvaging four points for 18th position. 

    Aaron Plessinger: "Daytona was an interesting one. I was feeling good all day and then the rain came, got a little muddy, and the track was already soft, so that added to it. The Heat was good, caught a flow on my way to third, and then the Main Event was going well also, until it wasn't. I was running around fifth or sixth, hit a soft spot on the face of a jump, and had to bail over the bars. I got up, the bike was all twisted so I pulled in, went back out, and then rolled around to save some points. Overall, we're going into next weekend to race and we're going to push on. I'm looking forward to Birmingham, it's gonna be a good one."

    Next Race: March 9 – Birmingham, Alabama

    Results 450SX Class – Daytona

    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda

    2. Eli Tomac (USA), Yamaha

    3. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM

    OTHER KTM

    18. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM

    Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 8 of 17 rounds

    1. Jett Lawrence, 160 points

    2. Cooper Webb, 150

    3. Chase Sexton, 147

    OTHER KTM

    6. Aaron Plessinger, 132

    Results 250SX East Class – Daytona

    1. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM

    2. Cameron McAdoo (USA), Kawasaki

    3. Seth Hammaker (USA), Kawasaki

    Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 3 of 9 rounds

    1. Max Anstie, 52 points

    2. Cameron McAdoo, 51

    3. Pierce Brown, 51

    4. Tom Vialle, 49

    AARON PLESSINGER AND TOM VIALLE CHARGE TO ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS PODIUMS

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    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

    RUNNER-UP RESULT FOR LETTENBICHLER AT SUPERENDURO ROUND SIX

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    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.

    Binder & Miller chase the night at Qatar test: Roll on 2024 MotoGP™!

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    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.

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