30 July 2015
De Carli deal hints at Cairoli staying KTM
Four-year deal with KTM could pave the way for world champ to stay orange
The future of Tony Cairoli at KTM has taken a step closer as the Austrian manufacturer has extended its contract with MXGP team manager Claudio De Carli for a further four years. With Cairoli and De Carli forming a close bond for a decade - and De Carli being instrumental in luring Cairoli off Yamaha at the end of 2009 to KTM - it's likely the deal will make it easier for Cairoli to stay, too.
Cairoli is already signed up with De Carli and KTM for 2016 and says he's looking to extend keep on riding for four more years after that. For other riders, De Carli is keen to team Cairoli up with strong talent and this year has Tommy Searle and Ken De Dycker. With both those riders sidelined by injuries several times this season, it's not known whether he will keep or replace them for 2016. Searle claims he's not had any offers yet.
De Carli said: “We joined KTM in 2010, and for us it was a real honour and a recognition of the work done in previous years. In these six years, we have achieved great results, but the best reward has come from the opportunity to work and interact with a fantastic group, where the commitment to motorsport racing is always combined with a great passion and a positive determination to always improve. We appreciate this professionalism, capabilities and above all the human values of the KTM people who welcomed us. They have made us feel part of a big family. For this, and for the renewed honour to be part of the team for another four years, I want to thank KTM, and especially Pit Beirer.”
KTM race boss Beirer said: “Claudio is one of the most experienced and respected people in the MXGP paddock and our cooperation has rewarded us both with a lot of success. We are very happy that we can now develop our relationship even further. With Claudio and his team we have a group of very professional, experienced people, and this definitely puts us on track for even more success.”
Beirer said that De Carli brings with him an excellent, brand-new base camp facility in Rome, complete with its own professional MX track. “In addition, we have our main base here in Austria, where we produce all our factory bikes, plus an improved and expanded practice facility in Belgium that will be ready for next season's preparation. With Claudio's team, and the best possible facilities and network, we are in excellent shape to prepare for future motocross world titles,” Beirer added.
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