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Toni Cairoli Teaches Valentino Rossi How to Ride Motocross

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!!!

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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!!