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F1 star Raikkonen joins his MXGP squad

As part of the build up to a demanding 2022 MXGP season, the Kawasaki factory MXGP team have conducted a photo shoot gathering personnel together including tech and support staff, riders and management – plus Team Principal, Kimi Räikkönen.

For KRT MXGP Team Manager, Antti Pyrhönen, the shoot signified another important step on a new path for the team as Kawasaki’s official entry in the MXGP class.

“When the team started it was with Kawasaki machinery so we can see the logic of the pieces of the lime green jig-saw fitting together. To be back on Kawasaki now feels right and we relish the responsibility of being the factory team. Our level of passion, experience and competitiveness is at the highest it has ever been, and we are ready for the challenges ahead.

“Kimi started the team in 2011 and asked me to be the Team Manager. It was so soon after my racing career I almost still had the strap marks on my chin from my crash helmet! Ever since then we have carefully gathered a formidable team around us that work as an effective unit and can bid for world championship success.

“It’s an evolutionary process and each year, month and day we learn more, and we hope that this learning process never ends. Kimi gives us great strategic advice and his knowledge of world motorsport at the highest level helps us to always focus on the bigger picture in terms of team approach. Our twin goals are success on and off track – race and championship success at GP’s plus being seen as among the most professional and well-presented teams in the paddock.

“To be successful in any enterprise you must be motivated. As an ex GP rider I know that and so does Kimi with his experience of Formula1. I can honestly say that every person involved with the team, plus all our valued sponsor partners, are really motivated and hungry for success in 2022.”