In August 2013, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli captured the MX1 world title for 2013 at Matterley Basin in the UK. It had been a remarkably consistent year for Tony - he took six pole positions, had won nine Grand Prix and missed the podium only in the Czech Republic.
His 2013 triumph was the Italian rider’s seventh FIM Motocross world title, including five in the MX1 class. He first competed in a GP in 2002 in Belgium, and his first win came in 2004 at Namur, widely regarded as one of the toughest tracks in the series. The following year, during which he won six races, he took his first MX2 world title - aged just 19, he became the youngest Italian to win a major motocross world title.
Tony grew up in Patti, Sicily. His father Benedict, a keen rider who could often be found racing his moped around the streets of the town, bought his four-year-old son a Italjet 50 minicross, and by the age of 11 the young Tony was riding a Lem 50 in his first competitive race at regional Minicross level.
Tony says his philosophy is to ‘always finish what I start’, and if his aim was to become one of the most successful motocross riders ever, then he is staying true to that philosophy. He has now won sixty-three Grand Prix, just 38 away from Stefan Evert’s all-time record, and remains one of the most popular riders in the MX1 competition.
- Age: 28
- Height: 1.70m
- Weight: 70kg
- Nationality: Italy