Red Bull KTM’s Tony Cairoli was in sharp form at Castiglione del Lago at home in Italy on Sunday when he competed in Rd. 3 of the Italian Championship. The races are part of his preparation for the World Championship season and his challenge for a sixth world title.
He was in great form in the MX1 race – fast out of the gates, first into the first corner and led all the way to the finish. He also had a good start in the Elite Class race but got into close contact with several other riders in the first corner and found himself back at fourth place. He managed to work himself back to third and then to second but in the final stages got tangled up in heavy traffic and went off the gas to avoid an incident. Cairoli crossed the line in third and is is currently lying second in the MX1 class and third in the Elite class of the championship.
“There were a lot of riders and some were quite slow so in the second race I decided to slow down in the last part because it was a bit dangerous,” Cairoli said. “The track was a very hard surface and there was a lot of dust. The first heat was quite okay because it had been watered but the weather was warm and it dried out quickly so it was very difficult in the second heat.”
The Italian Championship now pauses for one week during which time Tony will be working on a documentary film with sponsors Red Bull in various locations in Italy as they record some of the life of this great rider.