The motocross world stirred as Tony Cairoli, former racer turned team manager of the Red Bull KTM squad, has severed ties with the brand he's been synonymous with since 2010. This marks the end of an era for both Cairoli and KTM.
Tony Cairoli and KTM, a partnership that reigned supreme since late 2009, have decided to part ways.
Cairoli's tenure saw multiple championship victories, culminating in a move to a Team Manager role for 2023.
The direction of Cairoli’s post-racing career remains a topic of anticipation and speculation.
It's the end of a monumental chapter in the annals of motocross, as Tony Cairoli and KTM part ways. After successfully transitioning from racer to team manager for the Red Bull KTM squad, securing another MX2 World Championship under Andrea Adamo, Cairoli, in a surprising move, departs from the brand that has been integral to his career since 2010. The announcement, confirmed via a press release from KTM, has left the motocross fraternity rife with speculation regarding Cairoli's next move.
The Sicilian prodigy embarked on his journey with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in the latter part of 2009, and it wasn’t long before he made his indomitable presence felt. His inaugural 2010 season witnessed him clinching the MX1 (rechristened 'MXGP') title astride the KTM 350 SX-F. This triumphant endeavor was merely the beginning, as he went on to clinch four more consecutive championships. His mastery over the track found further validation in 2017 when he secured the championship with the KTM 450 SX-F. Serving as an iconic ambassador for the squad, the company, and the very sport, his Grand Prix journey culminated in 2021.
Taking on the reins of a Team Manager for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in 2023, Cairoli navigated a new avenue in his illustrious career. Yet, the latest announcement indicates a desire to explore uncharted territories as he seeks a novel direction in his post-racing journey.
In their press statement, KTM and the entire Pierer Mobility Group extended their profound gratitude towards Cairoli, acknowledging the unparalleled energy, excellence, and unforgettable motocross moments he brought to the team and fans worldwide. They stated, "KTM and everyone at the Pierer Mobility Group wish to thank Tony for his energy and his excellence and for the unforgettable motocross memories."
Cairoli's departure undoubtedly marks a pivotal moment in the motocross domain. While the trails of his future endeavors remain veiled in anticipation, the legacy he's etched alongside KTM will forever resonate within the motocross corridors.