Printed on 10 February 2023
We caught up with Tom Vialle to speak about his tremendous spectacular debut supercross trip at Houston, adapting to the USA and supercross and we contact on that epic world title battle with Jago Geerts final season.
Tom, fairly wonderful debut trip final weekend, led your first supercross, and also you had been on for a podium, how do you look again at that occasion, are you content together with your pace or disenchanted your couldn’t hold on for third?
Somewhat little bit of each, however I’d say fairly pleased for my first supercross. It’s actually new for me, my first time driving supercross at evening in a stadium, it was actually big to be trustworthy. The rhythms are massive! Whenever you watch on TV you’re like, ‘aw that’s simple,’ however if you find yourself right here and driving it’s actually totally different.
General, fairly pleased however a bit of bit pissed with myself to make a mistake so near the end driving in P3 however, total it was good.
The observe, simply strolling it right here, it’s much more slim than it appears to be like on TV, did you’re feeling that driving?
The driving is a bit of bit higher to be trustworthy however if you stroll the observe, you’re like that is big however on on the bike it’s a bit of bit smaller to be trustworthy. The rhythms are actually sharp, it is advisable be exact however that’s what we work on coaching in the course of the week. I’m fairly proud of how the week’s coaching goes and in addition final week in the course of the race, my driving on the observe was fairly good.
Did you anticipate to be working prime three tempo right away or did you anticipate to work your means up?
Yeah, I didn’t anticipate to be so rapidly up entrance with these guys like Hunter and all these guys up entrance, they’re driving so a few years supercross, they usually have numerous expertise within the races. Coaching is one factor however the race is one thing else however it was fairly good, I nonetheless have so much to study however that’s why we’re right here.
How are you adapting to residing in America – you’re based mostly right here in Florida with Aldon Baker? How has that been in comparison with coaching in Lommel within the winter?!
For positive, totally different! Like at present, the climate is like this day by day, it’s fairly sizzling. I’m coaching onerous, however I used to be additionally coaching onerous in Belgium. The coaching just isn’t actually totally different, however what makes it onerous right here is the warmth, it’s actually sizzling and humid day by day so that you sweat so much. Driving supercross day by day for me is new for my physique additionally, it’s rather more intense than doing a 30 minute moto in Lommel for instance. Bodily that can be onerous however totally different, so much totally different, so I must get used to it and in three or 4 months it’s fairly troublesome to get used to, however I get higher every week.
On the MXON Jago (Geerts) jumped on a 450 and was working with Eli, Maxime (Renaux) gained a race as effectively. You’ve gotten clearly raced them for years, did that provide you with any confidence coming right here, that you might be up there, particularly outside however even coming into supercross?
For positive, if you see Jago driving very nice within the Nations and we combat all yr collectively so we’ve the identical pace I believe, it was very nice to see him in entrance and driving with Eli, to leap on a 450 solely two weeks earlier than I believe, so be straight up in entrance, that was fairly good to see.
Simply in your world title, that was one of the crucial unimaginable ultimate rounds I’ve ever seen! You made a mistake, Jago crashed into you and also you gained the title. How was that for stress, you don’t actually make many errors however that was a white sizzling tempo.
Yeah, it was a loopy race, simply remembering, should you watch, it was extra stress than being within the race, it was okay, you don’t suppose a lot about it. It was a very nice battle with Jago, it was so shut, it was a pleasant season battling with him.
You’re getting numerous assist out of your GP colleagues, even Jago i believe is pleased to see how effectively you’re doing, is it good to see that assist from house?
Yeah, we rode collectively, so if you go elsewhere and do okay it’s good to see that the man you’re driving with can do it there, so it’s fairly good to see.
So I shall be in Hawkstone in two weeks, it would most likely be chilly and moist – do you miss these pre-season races?
Somewhat bit! Hawkstone is a tricky race, it’s raining just about yearly however it’s a pleasant race.
Interview and picture: Jonathan McCready