Nineteen rounds, thirty-eight motos and seven months of FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship racing begins this weekend with the Grand Prix of Patagonia Argentina at the popular Neuquen circuit.
Reigning champions in both MXGP and MX2 classes, Red Bull KTM, head to South America highly motivated to chase the possibility of another memorable campaign.
Tony Cairoli begins his sixteenth season in the FIM World Championship and in pursuit of a record-equalling tenth title, as well as hoping to improve on his total of 85 career wins. 2019 will be the Italian‰Ûªs ninth term as a Red Bull KTM rider and as an athlete that has sampled GP and championship success with both the KTM 350 SX-F and KTM 450 SX-F. Cairoli, who has won the opening Grand Prix only twice in his ten years in the premier class (but also boasts seven crowns in that time), will be searching for his first victory at Neuquen and after coming so close twelve months ago.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve never had great results in Argentina and I‰Ûªm still searching for the win but it‰Ûªs a really nice GP for me," Cairoli said. "The location is great, as is the track and the atmosphere made by the fans so I look forward to going there. Of course the season is really long and this is just the first race but we will all see ‰Û÷where we are‰Ûª and how things will run. The first races are not really the key to the whole championship - and I have seen this in my years in GPs ‰ÛÒ but it is important to build a good start and momentum from the beginning.‰Û