It’s official – Kimi Räikkönen, former Formula 1 driver nicknamed “The Iceman”, will become the new Team Principal of the MXGP Kawasaki Racing team for the 2022 season.
This good news comes from a report on Runner – and this is the first time I’ve personally seen such a mix of top-notch cager genetics make a full transfer into the world of two-wheeled motorsports.
Kimi Räikkönen will be joined by team manager Antti Pyrhonen – both of whom have had private motocross experience in their past.
From this year on, however, Räikkönen will put the best foot forward in front of the factory-backed MXGP teams – and we are excited to see the results.
“It’s no secret that for me one of my great passions in life for many years has been motocross, but this team is not what you might call a hobby; it’s very serious, very focused, and we aspire to be the best we can be,” Raikkonen says in a report from Runner.
“Now that I have retired from racing, I will be able to devote more time to this project; not on day-to-day issues but more from a strategic perspective using my experience of how teams work and what creates success on the global stage.
“Everyone, myself included, is delighted that Kawasaki chose us to be part of the Factory team. I know the chances of success are always greater with direct factory support, so translates into a great opportunity for us as the new Kawasaki Racing Team in MXGP.
Kimi Räikkönen finished his Formula 1 career with 349 starts since his debut in 2001 – and with so much knowledge about team building and the mechanics of a functional group in the MXGP scene, we can’t wait to see the final results. .
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