Antonio Cairoli is 35 years old. He is a nine-time world champion in his sport.
In 2005 and 2007 Cairoli took the title in MX2. After that he was the best in MX1/MXGP, the premier class 7 times – from 2009 to 2014 and a last time in 2017. Cairoli won his first 3 world titles with Yamaha, then with KTM. Only Stefan Everts (10 world titles) does better.
“This will be my last season as a professional motocross racer. It’s a very difficult decision because I’m still one of the best,” said Cairoli, who has already won 93 Grand Prix (including one this season) and 177 podium finishes.
“But I think the time is right. Sometimes you don’t feel the fire burning anymore in certain situations. When that happens, it’s better that you stop, because I’m not interested in 10th place. So it’s better to tie the knot to chop and I did.”
In the current World Cup, Cairolo is 3rd behind Slovenian World Champion Tim Gajser and Frenchman Romain Fèbvre after 9 GPs. Next weekend, the Italian can perform for his own people in Sardinia.