We can honestly say no one saw this coming! For over a decade Tony Cairoli and Red Bull KTM have gone hand-in-hand, even after his racing career concluded Cairoli transitioned into a successful team manager and his future looked set. In shocking news this morning KTM and Cairoli have announced they will be parting ways professionally and the both wish each other the best. The official release from KTM is below:
KTM and Tony Cairoli to part ways after milestone MXGP achievements and history
A long, fruitful collaboration comes to an end this year as KTM and Tony Cairoli will separate to pursue new professional goals for 2024.
The Sicilian joined Red Bull KTM Factory Racing late in 2009 and made an immediate impact in his first season in 2010; winning the MX1 (now ‘MXGP’) title with the KTM 350 SX-F and then added a further four crowns consecutively. He then claimed the 2017 championship with the KTM 450 SX-F and has been a popular ambassador for the squad, the company and the sport for twelve years and to his Grand Prix retirement at the end of 2021.
Tony transitioned into a Team Manager role for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for 2023 and has now decided to take his post-racing career in a different direction.
KTM and everyone at the Pierer Mobility Group wish to thank Tony for his energy and his excellence and for the unforgettable motocross memories.
Tony Cairoli in action during one of his trips to the USA.