Cairoli tests KTM's MotoGP bike at Valencia
19 October 2017 – KTM motocross legend Antonio Cairoli described a "fantastic opportunity" after the manufacturer gave the Italian a test on its MotoGP bike.
Cairoli, who has competed for KTM since 2010, was afforded running on the RC16 at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo Circuit off the back of winning his ninth World Championship in motocross.
The outing came almost a decade after his previous MotoGP test, when Cairoli sampled Yamaha's M1, having previously competed for the Japanese marque.
"I am grateful to KTM for the fantastic opportunity it has given me and I would like to especially thank the guys in the test team who did a great job for me," said Cairoli, who was aided by test rider Mika Kallio.
"Trying a MotoGP bike was always going to be hugely exciting and the adrenaline rush was enormous!
"I was surprised at how much the Grand Prix motorbike has evolved in 10 years and how much has been improved in how it can corner.
"The brakes and acceleration are impressive and it's hard to find the limit on such a perfect bike.
"On the last run I started to have some serious fun after spending a few laps adapting myself.
"Riding at more than 300 km/h is really exciting, but it is very different to motocross as in MotoGP the lines are well established and don't really change during a race.
"Anyway, I hope to have again soon another opportunity to ride this fantastic bike."