Ever heard of Tony Cairoli or Valentino Rossi?

You know of Tony if you follow Motocross. Tony Cairoli (nicknamed TC 222) is a five time World Motocross Champion, who twice won in the MX 2 class, and the last three years in a row in the MX 1 class (the past two years on the KTM 350).

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Valentino Rossi and Tony Cairoli

And if you follow motorcycling, you know Valentino Rossi. Also known by the nicknames: Rossifumi, Valentinik, and of course ‘The Doctor’, is a MotoGP multi-time World Champion, riding for Aprilia, Honda, Yamaha, and Ducati.

Check out the photos by Stefano Taglioni (and special thanks to Jill for sending them over!)

Here is a little story behind the photos:

December 2, 2011

Tony Cairoli – TC222

Today I went to Valentino’s ranch to ride motocross together. After a lunch with pasta carbonara (not the best pasta to eat before to go riding) we all went to a nice valley close to the village. In this amazing valley was the ranch, with a short track, long track and an MX track and lots of different brands of bikes!

We all rode together at the MX track and after that I did my first ever laps on a short track. Nice, but I prefer an MX track! : )

After we tried some different jumps at the mx track and I tried to explain to those MotoGP riders how to scrub a

jump!! That was funny!!! After that we had a big BBQ before I hit the road home.

We had a lot of fun, very relaxing! No press, no work, just fun, and talking about our difference in sport etc. It was a fun day!!!

Toni Cairoli Teaches Valentino Rossi How to Ride Motocross - Photo 14 of 14Valentino Rossi’s father – Graziano Rossi

Valentino Rossi (@ValeYellow46) and Tony Cairoli (@AntonioCairoli) on Twitter:

@ValeYellow46: Guys today Tony Cairoli taught me how to ride a motocross bike! It was an honor he came to my ranch! It was a real pleasure to see him riding, his elegance and such an easy personality! I tried to make a photo of him, but he was jumping too high! So my #FF Goes to @AntonioCairoli – a fantastic person and great champion!

@AntonioCairoli‘s reponse: I can only say it was worth coming over to your ranch, number 1 pilot in the world and also a great person!!