Antonio Cairoli - Motocross Illustrated Column
Interview Wednesday 07th February 2012 By Geoff Meyer
Motocross Illustrated: Antonio, what are your thoughts on the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship both in the SX class and Lites class. As always it’s an exciting time to wonder who will be up front.
Cairoli: I think that if James Stewart remains fit and not get injured that he has a big chance to ride upfront!
Motocross Illustrated: Herlings goes to USA to train and gets a slight injury, Ken is now injured. What is your opinion on GP guys going to USA? Is it at times to dangerous, too different training tracks?? What makes it seem difficult to guys like Townley, or maybe Pourcel??
Cairoli: US kids grow up riding Supercross tracks and maybe in EU we don't and we ride less on SX track so maybe a less of experience from us Europeans can make any difference?
Motocross Illustrated: What will your training schedule be and when does it all get serious? Cairoli: It gets serious when I need to improve something (Laughing).
Motocross Illustrated: What did you do for Xmas and New Year’s, any new year’s resolutions???
Cairoli: I don't believe in New Year’s resolutions. Motocross Illustrated: 450 or 350. What are the difference for you on the two bikes??
Cairoli: I choose to ride the 350 in my 2012 season. The 350 fits perfectly for me and I believe perfect for the GP tracks. I’m pretty sure I would choose the new 450 if I should ride the AMA season.
Motocross Illustrated: A year older or a year wiser?
Motocross Illustrated: What was for you the biggest moment of 2011 and why?
Cairoli: Winning GP of Valkenswaard with my knee injury from GP of Bulgaria and without training. I was 9th in the World championship standings after Bulgaria and from the moment at GP Valkenswaard it was up until Sweden where I take over the red plate.
Motocross Illustrated: Mantova Starcross, what made you want to do this and is Mantova a better pre-season race than Valence, which is obviously hardpack??
Cairoli: My choice to ride Mantova instead of Valance is obvious, because I like to ride in front of my Italian crowd!
Motocross Illustrated: Russia, Mexico, plus all our other favorites. How excited are you to also get to travel to places like Mexico and Russia? Have you been to either before??
Cairoli: Yeah I like to travel and to see stuff from different countries and I’m the type of guy who also go around to see ore visit stuff not just track and hotel. I’ve bin in Russia for a GP before. I’ve never been to Mexico so I look forward to that.
Motocross Illustrated: How has your winter been, can you give me a rundown of things you might have done in December??
Cairoli: I spend some time with my MotoGP friends; I went riding with Vale (Rossi) at his ranch. We rode MX and I had the first experience to ride a short track. We had lots of fun! Then I did some rally car race at the Moto show with Andrea dovi. It was a great experience to ride in a professional rally Citroen and work with the team! New Year’s Eve I spend with superbike rider and friend for a long time Marco Melandri. We went ride enduro together and in the night we had a great party in Rome! Then around Christmastime I went back to Sicily to stay with my family and my girlfriend Jill's family also came to Sicily so we could be with the wool family together.
Motocross Illustrated: Passion for life, you seem to really love life. What would you like out of life in 2012, not in racing, but just in your general living day to day?
Cairoli: I have some project going on that I love to finish. Maybe in 2012 or 2013!!!