Tom Viall, who took the MX2 crown in 2020, won six Grands Prix and finished third in 2021, is currently fighting hard for the 2022 title. He will continue to develop this year but will compete on American soil next year.
The 21-year-old has been part of the Redbull KTM factory team since 2019, where he won a rookie GP appearance and finished fourth in the final standings. The following season he became KTM’s ninth MX2 Champion and has been one of the leading heroes in MX2 ever since.
Vialle is an enthusiastic and experienced supercrosser and before moving to MXGP with the KTM 450 SX-F, he wanted to follow the path of fellow countryman and current Red Bull KTM supercrosser Marvin Muskin. Vial confirmed his move this week and will be relocating his new team near the team’s second headquarters on the East Coast of the United States.
“We had another strong season this year and the plan was to move to MXGP class for 2023, but I thought it was the best time for me to see if I could make it to Supercross. Near my home There’s a circuit and there’s a big SX tradition in my family. I’m dying to see what I can come up with, although I know it’s a huge learning curve to get ready for 2023. We need to be realistic Should be but at the same time it’s wonderful that I’m able to talk to Robert, Pitt and the people of America and it’s possible as part of Red Bull KTM. This GP team is like another family to me so it’s It will be hard to leave, but this is a really exciting new story for me and I can’t wait to move on and start everything over.”
Robert Jonas, Head of Motorsports Offroad:
“We fully understand Tom’s desire to continue racing in the 250 class and to see how he can further his career aspirations in the USA, and in particular Supercross. If he can learn and his If he can develop the ability like he did with us at the World Cup then that would be a big surprise. I’m sure the guidance of Ian and Roger in America will help him grow and transition. The team here has him on some supercross rides. And it looks like Tom has a natural flair for the sport. It’s the case for the right rider at the right time and with the right amount of experience at the top level. We wish him all the best and more to see. Curious as to what height he can reach next.”
Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing North America:
“We look forward to riding Tom’s caliber races for Red Bull KTM in the United States. We’ve heard a lot of good things about Tom, both racing and personal. So we have no doubt that he’s in America.” I’ll also come out on top. I’ve spoken to Tom personally a couple of times and am impressed by his level of detail about all things race and how to move to another country.”