Former Grand Prix winner and national champion in Brazil, Carlos Campano, will face a tougher test than usual in the domestic series (Copa Brazil) at the fifth round at Sao Jose this weekend as Red Bull KTM’s Tony Cairoli is flying in for a surprise appearance.

The Sicilian is giving KTM’s Brazilian ranks a boost and is set to travel to South America imminently where he will ride a 350SX-F after the team lacked time to get his race 450SX-F boxed and freighted for the fixture. Cairoli had been at the media test of the 2015 works machinery in Mantova, Italy this week after a surprise victory in front of an alleged 70,000 crowd at the Rally Legends in San Marino.

The six-time MX1/MXGP World Champion admitted that he’d tested suspension and electronics at Glen Helen for the last Grand Prix of the season and has not competed on two wheels since. KTM apparently asked #222 to consider the Brazilian race at a venue around 150km away from Beto Carrero, site of the 2012 and ’13 MXGP in the Santa Catarina region.


The 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar was issued this week and for the second year in a row Brazil will not feature in the list despite sell-out crowds at Beto Carrero in the two previous editions of the Grand Prix in the SC state.