Red Bull KTM Factory's Tom Vialle claimed the first FOX Holeshot in MX2

Red Bull KTM Factory's Tom Vialle claimed the first FOX Holeshot in MX2

08.03.2020: Then came his Red Bull KTM Factory team-mate Rene Hofer, followed by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Jed Beaton. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 riders Jago Geerts and Ben Watson were down in 6th and 7th, looking to charge forward and end th


Then came his Red Bull KTM Factory team-mate Rene Hofer, followed by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Jed Beaton. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 riders Jago Geerts and Ben Watson were down in 6th and 7th, looking to charge forward and end the weekend with top results.



In the first few laps, SM Action M.C Migliori – J1 Racing’s Maxime Renaux was already making his way forward as he chased down Beaton for second. Shortly after Beaton was then locked in battle with Geerts, who was keen on taking third place from the Australian. Vialle continued to lead with Renaux in second, as Beaton and Geerts were left fighting for who will fill that third spot in the race.



PAR Homes RFX Racing rider Josh Gilbert got off to a good start in the opening MX2 race, as he rode in 11th ahead of Mitchell Harrison of BUD Racing Team.



By lap 4, Vialle had already formed a 5.969 second lead over Renaux and Geerts who had finally moved into third. The following lap, Hofer and Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milawaukee rider Conrad Mewse were both able to pass Beaton, who was followed by F&H Racing’s Roan Van De Moosdijk.


At the same time, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Thomas Kjer Olsen was also making his way back into points following a pile-up at the start of the race. From virtually last, Olsen was back in 19th, wasting no time to take as many positions as he could so salvage vital championship points.



Meanwhile at the front, Geerts had managed to pass Renaux for second and was 6 seconds down on the race leader, with Vialle next on his agenda. By lap 9, Geert was taking some time out of Vialle, as the leader started to make his way through traffic. Back markers began to play a huge part, as Geerts was able to hammer down and catch Vialle and just 2 laps later was on his tail chasing him for the win.



With 2 minutes + 2 laps to go, the race for the win was on and all to play for. Geerts managed to catch and pass Vialle, winning race one here in Valkenswaard.



In race two, it was once again Vialle with a perfectly timed start, as the young Frenchman crossed the white chalk line first to take the second FOX Holeshot in the Netherlands. The KTM Factory rider was followed by Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee rider Bas Vaessen who got a fantastic start, behind him was the Diga Procross GasGas rider Jeremy Sydow and Honda 114 Motorsports’ Nathan Crawford.



Meanwhile, Geerts was extremely unlucky and crashed out in the start. He was left winded and had to get going again in last, about a minute behind the riders ahead. As Geerts got going, Crawford came under attack in 6th and ended up losing two positions Simon Laegenfelnder of Diga Procross GasGas and Beaton.



While in second, Renaux made a mistake and went down, going from 3rd down to 8th. As Mathys Boisrame of F&H Kawasaki Racing inherits Renaux’s position in the race. But that didn’t last long as Sydow chased down the Kawasaki rider and the two began their battle, with both riders swapping positions quite a few times before Boisrame was able to retain the position.




By lap 3, Vialle was already leading by an impressive 13 seconds, before Vaessen had an issue and was forced out of second place. A heart-breaking end to his race in which he was looking really strong in. Boisrame moved up into second, with Beaton moving up a position, pushing Sydow down to 5th.



In lap 6, Geerts had already made some progressed as he moved into the top 20. Boisrame then went down out of second place, while Vialle made a mistake of his own, but that didn’t change the results as the young Frenchman was 45 seconds ahead in the race.



As Mewse pulled in for fresh goggles, this allowed Watson to move up into 6th. Laengenfelder also took a position from Sydow moving into third. Renaux then came after the GasGas rider and took another position from him, pushing him to 5th.



With 4 minutes and two laps to go, Geerts was already up into 13th and a couple of laps later was inside the top 10. For the next 3 laps the Yamaha Factory rider put his head down and pushed hard passing Boisrame and Sydow on the last lap finishing the race in an impressive 7th place.



But it was Vialle who took the race win and with it secured the overall Grand Prix victory here for the MXGP of the Netherlands. To make the victory even sweeter, he also took the red plate from Geerts, becoming the new championship leader going into the Argentinian GP in a couple weeks’ time.



Red Bull KTM Factory, Tom Vialle:
“I’m really happy with this weekend, I felt really good on the track already yesterday. Today I had a good first race, I got the holeshot and was leading almost the whole race until Jago passed me and in the second race I got the FOX holeshot again and was leading the race. It was really good and I was feeling really good on the bike. First time I take the red plate so I’m really happy about that”.



SM Action MC Migliori – J1 Racing, Maxime Renaux:
“It was a good weekend in Valkenswaard, I finished second overall, my second podium in MX2 class, the last one was in Imola in 2019, so really happy to start the season like that. Really happy about the team and the bike, as well as the starts, so everything went really well today. Just need to keep going and dig deep for the championship now that the season has started”.



Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2, Jago Geerts:
“It was still a pretty good weekend for me. 3rd overall is not so bad. In the first race I didn’t get the best start but in the end I could pass Tom and win the race. But in the second race I had a good start, I was in second, then on the second corner I had a really big crash and hurt my ribs a little bit. I started from last and I still came back to 7th so still some solid points and was still a good weekend”.





MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:04.291; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:13.869; 3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.897; 4. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:38.788; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:42.149; 6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:00.429; 7. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +1:05.699; 8. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +1:17.659; 9. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +1:20.651; 10. Mitchell Harrison (USA, Kawasaki), +1:52.323;



MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification
: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 36:15.446; 2. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:56.527; 3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:05.861; 4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:09.024; 5. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +1:14.697; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:15.229; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:30.616; 8. Jeremy Sydow (GER, GASGAS), +1:36.043; 9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +1:54.210; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +2:00.410;



MX2 – Top 10 GP Classification
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 39 p.; 4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 37 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 26 p.; 7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 25 p.; 8. Jeremy Sydow (GER, GAS), 20 p.; 9. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 18 p.; 10. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 16 p.



MX2 – Top 10 Championship Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 87 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 82 p.; 3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 74 p.; 4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 61 p.; 5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 53 p.; 6. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 52 p.; 7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 51 p.; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 48 p.; 9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 48 p.; 10. Jeremy Sydow (GER, GAS), 35 p.



MX2 – Manufacturers:
1. KTM, 90 points; 2. Yamaha, 88 p.; 3. Husqvarna, 75 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 63 p.; 5. GASGAS, 38 p.; 6. Honda, 29 p.
      
 


MXGP OF THE NETHERLANDS – QUICK FACTS


Circuit length: 1630m
Type of ground: SAND
Temperature: 11°
Weather conditions: cloudy with showers
Weekend Crowd Attendance: 26,500


 
Next up the FIM Motocross World Championship heads to the beautiful Patagonia, Argentina for round three of the series in two-week time.
 





Samanta Gelli, photos Infront Moto Racing




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