Tony Cairoli’s number 222 to retire


Press release | September 29, 2021

The number 222 will be withdrawn from MXGP competition in honor of Tony Cairoli’s exceptional career.

This is a press release from KTM …

The long-term promoters of the FIM Motocross World Championship Infront Motor Racing, in collaboration with the FIM, have decided to withdraw the # 222 in honor of Tony Cairoli of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing who will draw the curtain on a glorious career age 18 during the season. closing of the Grand Prix of Cittá de Mantova in Mantua on November 10.

The 36-year-old recently announced his transition from full-time MXGP racing to a new role within the KTM family at a special event in Rome on September 14, 2021.

Cairoli, who started his Grand Prix career in 2004 and won nine world championships – two in MX2 and seven in the premier MXGP class – is statistically among the most successful athletes in the history of the sport. He currently has 93 overall wins and has celebrated six of his crowns with KTM machines.

Cairoli was the dominant MXGP figure of the 10s and he led the division between 2009 and 2014, then triumphed again in 2017. He remains in contention for the 2021 title for what could be his 15th top three finish in a championship campaign.

Infront Motor Racing has officially retired the # 222 – which Cairoli has worn regularly since 2007 – from the FIM Motocross of Nations and in a surprise ceremony honoring Tony’s amazing career. No rider other than Tony Cairoli will be able to drive the # 222 in MXGP competition in the future.

Tony Cairoli KTM 222 number retires with Giuseppe Luongo from Infront and Jorge Viegas from FIM. Photo by KTM images / Ray Archer

Pit Beirer, Director of KTM Motorsport: “We’ve had the privilege of being a part of Tony’s history since 2010. We know how much we appreciate him as a person and as one of the best drivers the sport has seen, and it’s special that the rest of MXGP feel the same. with this retirement of his number. # 222 belongs to Tony. He owned MXGP for a while when he changed the game and brought so much domination to the Championship. He raised it. to a new level for riders while showing a passion for racing which has allowed him to have such a long and incredible career. Thanks to Infront Motor Racing and the FIM for making this gesture. It is not often a remarkable athlete like Tony who shows up.

Giuseppe Luongo, President of Infront Motor Racing: “Antonio has made a great contribution to MXGP history, not only with his many titles but also with his demeanor, respect and fairness. He is an example to all young riders. Antonio will be missed on the race track. , but I hope he will not be missed in our world where he will continue to offer his experience and knowledge to the next generations. Antonio, thank you for everything you have given and you continue to offer motocross.

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