Sitting out the long cold European winter is tough on any of the elite MX riders and Red Bull Teka KTM’s Tony Cairoli, the current MX1 world champion is no exception.
While the weather in Tony’s home territory of Sicily might be a touch warmer than the northern countries, it’s still not ideal for perfect pre-season training. That’s why Tony decided this winter to spend some time in the USA.
Tony may have had half an eye on the competitive SX competition, and he does seem to have got a taste for it after Paris Bercy last November but it was his mission to train hard ahead of the 2011 World Championship season where he will be defending his title on the KTM 350 SX-F. In his amazing career Tony has won four world championship titles and two European titles and he doesn’t plan to stop there.
Last season was his first with the KTM Factory Racing Team and he launched the revolutionary new KTM 350 SX-F with fair and success, to finish on top of the championship standings 88 points clear of his nearest rival. But Tony’s competitive drive pushes him to achieve even more success so taking advantage of sunny weather on the west coast of the USA was a priority in his preparation for the 2011 season.
Tony said he’s been busy training both SX and MX, and that sends a signal that he has ambitions to expand his experience on the tight and competitive SX circuits. But while the Red Bull KTM US factory team lineup was preparing for the AMA series it was Tony’s job to concentrate on preparing for his title defense at home in Europe. For this reason he opted to train on his own and not with the US team.
Tony returns to Europe on January 30 and he will get his chance to show how tough winter training has positively influenced his form when the Italian Championships start in Ponte a Egola in Italy’s superb Tuscany on February 26-27, 2011 and all of his fans and supporters look forward to that.