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Vialle, Hofer and Guadagnini on Riola

Vialle, Hofer and Guadagnini on Riola
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Rene Hofer set the 5th fastest time in Timed Practice (on his first sighting of Riola Sardo) and was the quickest racer from the Red Bull KTM crew with the KTM 250 SX-F. All three riders started in the top five of the first moto but it was World Champion Tom Vialle who broke away and then deflected some late pressure to win the race from start to finish. Mattia Guadagnini was a comfortable 3rd while Hofer paid the price for a mistake and a small crash and finished 8th.
In the second moto Vialle again set the pace from the start line for his seventh holeshot of the season. The Frenchman showed expert speed around Riola – for what was his first visit to the track – and claimed a more relaxed win for his second 1-1 of the campaign and his second since dominating the opening event of the season in Russia.
Guadagnini became unstuck on the first lap after a slow run-in with another rider caused a crash and the Italian was briefly winded after the handlebar hit him in the abdomen. He continued the race but fell again and could not restart to finish. Hofer was also facing adversity on the first lap. The Austrian tangled with another competitor on the start straight and was one of the last to get going. He recovered to 14th.
In the championship standings Vialle has made up ground from 9th to 6th while Guadagnini is still 2nd but 71 points from the red plate.
Tom Vialle: “This was my first time racing here and I really enjoyed the track. Many others spend the winter training here. I had two good motos. The first was tough because Maxime was fast and coming very close but I started well again in the second and I felt great on the track with good flow. It’s really nice to make a 1-1 again. Thanks to the team; we have good speed and we’re building some momentum.”
Mattia Guadagnini: “Not the best day for me. I was feeling great on the track but with eight minutes to go in the first moto I lost some rhythm and 2nd position. 3rd was still OK. In the second moto I tried to pass quickly but had a crash on the first lap and had to fight back all the way. Then we had a problem and I could not restart the bike. I was disappointed about my mistake and also losing those points for the championship. We still have some races to come and, of course, the Nations next week. Thanks to all the supporters there today and for the team for their work.”
Rene Hofer: “In general I’m happy with my riding today. I think I had the speed for the podium. I pushed up to 3rd with about ten minutes to go in the first moto and then had a crash and lost quite a lot of time. I was pretty angry with myself and was pumped-up for the second moto but unfortunately on the start straight I came together with another rider and had his bike stuck in mine. I was dead-last and had to push all the way to get those points, even with another crash. The results were not so good but I’m proud of my riding and of the progress we have made in the sand. It was not bad speed for an Austrian guy! Next weekend will be another cool experience at the Nations, and I’ll be looking to do as well as I can for the Austrian team.”
MXGP is briefly interrupted next weekend for the 74th Motocross of Nations at Mantova on the Italian mainland. The annual contest will see Jeffrey Herlings (Team Netherlands), Tony Cairoli, Mattia Guadagnini (both Team Italy), Tom Vialle (Team France) and Rene Hofer (Team Austria) in action for their respective countries. The Grand Prix of Germany at Teutschenthal will represent round eleven on October 3rd

Words: KTM

Image: Ray Archer

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