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Red Bull Teka KTM factory rider Tony Cairoli on Sunday sealed the 2011 MX1 World Championship title to retain the number one position in the sport for yet another year. It was the Italian rider’s fifth world title and another testament to his superb skill on all racing surfaces, his legendary fighting spirit and his wily race tactics that often see him go on the attack in the closing stages of a race.
Cairoli settled the matter of retaining the title after the first moto at Gaildorf, Germany in the GP of Europe with one moto and one GP still in hand. It is the second consecutive year that Cairoli has triumphed on the light and lively KTM 350 SX-F factory bike, developed with input from KTM’s factory team boss Stefan Everts and so successfully launched in 2010.
The Italian factory rider’s season was, however, not as straightforward as he would have liked. After a setback with injury in the opening round in Bulgaria he then set about showing his usual tactical brilliance and absolute determination to consistently score as many points as possible to put him in range of the title. Despite his knee injury in Bulgaria Tony still managed to pick up 25 championship points. In fact that proved to be the lowest scoring round of the competition. His unsettling injury problem may have kept him leaning on the side of caution in the first half of the season but he was still rarely off the podium. At the same time his GP victories in in Spain, Latvia, Lommel and Britain with a chance to take two more GPs at Gaildorf and the GP of Italy. underlined that where Cairoli is concerned, it is never about a particular terrain. Tony was also on the second step of the podium six times, was once third and amassed nine moto victories and can still add to his honors in the final races.
Born in Patti, Sicily in 1985 and racing with the now iconic number plate of ‘222’ Tony has done for motocross in Italy what his close friend AND FELLOW ITALIAN Valentino Rossi has done for road racing. The 2011 title is his third in succession and his second for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, which he joined at the beginning of the 2010 season. Cairoli began his MX GP career in 2002 and won the MX2 title in 2005 and 2007. He set the bar a little higher taking the MX1 title in 2009 and reclaimed it in 2010. Tony was introduced to racing by his father at an early age and naturally has won a whole string of national and junior titles.
Cairoli’s second consecutive MX1 title for KTM underlines the commitment of Pit Beirer, KTM’s Head of Racing and factory team manager and Cairoli’s long-time manager Claudio de Carli to make an indelible impression on the MX1 class of international motocross, in line with what the factory team has achieved in the MX2 class.
Tony Cairoli’s title winning season
Round 1 – MX1 GP of Bulgaria finished 9 (injured knee in first moto)