February 27, 2017 – The 2017 MXGP season has gotten off to a fantastic start for Tony Cairoli (KTM), the rider from Patti, Messina, on the island of Sicily. Cairoli already holds eight World titles, and he made his mark towards a ninth at the Qatar MXGP in Losail by dominating both heats. We could've called the results after Cairoli's performance in the Italian Internationals, which he won by a landslide. But the first race in the World Series has confirmed all predictions nonetheless: Tony Cairoli is aiming to recapture the World title!
The bad luck and injuries which compromised his last two years seem to be behind him and he looked back in prime form. What we saw at Losail was a spectacular race among the three big stars going into the World Series competition. In the end Cairoli came out on top against his two young rivals, Frenchman Romain Febvre (2015 World Champion) and Slovenian Tim Gajser (2016 World Champion). These three will be battling it out all year for the 2017 title.
Tony was wearing his Sidi Crossfire 3 SRS boots. Sidi designed these custom boots with yellow fluorescent/blue graphics dedicated exclusively to the Sicilian ace, who always wants to look as sharp as his performances on the track. Round 2 of the MXGP World Series is this weekend, in Indonesia, where TC222 has his sights set on the top step of the podium once again.