Antonio “Tony” Cairoli entered his first FIM Motocross Championship in 2002, after growing up riding bikes. He wasn’t immediately successful but he showed real promise and, as the season progressed, it was obvious that Antonio was biding his time, learning the ropes and enjoying every single minute of it along the way.
Two years later and his patience paid off. The young Sicilian won his first championship race at Namur, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest tracks in the series. His impressive victory was backed up by a third place finish overall, and his solid performance throughout the season put a championship win firmly in Tony’s sights.
He wasn’t to be disappointed. In 2005, just three years after his debut, Tony took the championship with six wins under his belt for the season – despite an injury and a disqualification. Aged 19, he was the youngest Italian to have won a major motocross world title.
After just missing out in 2006, Tony won the championship again in 2007, with two rounds to go and 10 GP wins in the bag. In the same year he also had the chance to race in an MX1 GP, and joined the class permanently in 2009. Suffice to say, Tony exceeded expectations and won his first MX1 Championship with aplomb. Since 2009, Tony continued to dominate the world of MX1 – claiming the World Championship title every year – until he joined MXGP in 2014.
After starting 2014 winning the Elite Class title at the Italian International Championship, it was clear he wasn't about to let his world title streak be broken. Staying true to form, Cairoli claimed his first ever MXGP World Championship title in September 2014, cementing his position as the undisputed King of Motocross.Read more