Recently-retired former F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen insists that his involvement in the works Kawasaki MXGP team is ‘not a hobby’.

The Finnish ex-racer will now be even more deeply-involved in the new project as the reins of the Kawasaki Racing Team alongside past motocross GP winner Antti Pyrhonen.

Both have been involved in the sport for many years and celebrate their tenth anniversary in MXGP this year. In fact, their first season together was on private Kawasaki machinery, and they are now back in Green to run the Factory Kawasaki Racing Team assault with full support from KMC Japan and KME.


“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 possibly can,” explained Raikkonen.

“Now I have retired from racing I will be able to spend more time on this project, not on the daily issues but more from a strategic point of view using my experience of how teams work and what creates success on the world stage. 

Everyone including myself is delighted that Kawasaki has chosen us to be the Factory team. I know that the chance of success is always greater with direct factory support so this translates into a great opportunity for us as the new Kawasaki Racing Team in MXGP.”