Antonio Cairoli Exits KTM | News 5

Antonio Cairoli and KTM announce decision to part company.

KTM and Antonio Cairoli have parted ways – the decision paves the way for the nine-time world champion to join Ducati. The switch has been rumored for some time and so this is not a complete shock. It was in 2010 that Cairoli joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for the first time; he piloted the KTM 350 SX-F to its maiden world title.

Two announcements will follow: Cairoli must confirm his path for the future and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing need to name their new Team Manager. Harry Norton, who was the squad's Technical Co-Ordinator this term, is rumored to be jumping into the role. The following statement was released by KTM in the early hours of this morning.

Press Release [October 23, 02:50am]

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.


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