Kari Tiainen (born 26 August 1966 in Riihimäki) is a Finnish enduro rider. He is a seven-time World Enduro Champion and held the record for most wins in the world championship (77), until the record was broken by compatriot Juha Salminen during the 2008 season. Tiainen has also participated in several national championships, becoming a four-time German and two-time Finnish and Spanish champion.
In addition to his personal world titles, he has won the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy for Finland in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2003. He was the fastest rider in the 500 cc class in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999. In 1999, he also drove for Finland in the Race of Champions, alongside Tommi Mäkinen and JJ Lehto, and the team won the Nations' Cup.
Originally a motocross rider, Tiainen switched to enduro in 1989 and finished fourth in the European championship. The world championship was started the following year, and he took his first title with Suzuki in the 250 cc class. For the following year, he switched to Husqvarna and successfully defended his title. Tiainen then moved to the biggest 500 cc class, winning the title with Husqvarna in 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1997, and with KTM in 2000. From 1990 to 2000, even during the seasons that he finished runner-up, he led his class in the number of wins. The 2001 season, during which he finished third behind Anders Eriksson and Mika Ahola, was Tiainen's last full season in the world championship. After his racing career, Tiainen continued with KTM as the team principal from 2003 to 2005. In 2011, Tiainen became the team principal for Ice 1 Racing, Kimi Räikkönen's team in the Motocross World Championship.
|1989||European Enduro Championship||250 cc||Suzuki||12||2||4th|
|1990||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||Suzuki||14||6||1st|
|1991||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||Husqvarna||16||8||1st|
|1992||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||Husqvarna||12||5||1st|
|1993||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||Husqvarna||14||7||2nd|
|1994||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||Husqvarna||12||5||1st|
|1995||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||Husqvarna||12||9||1st|
|1996||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||Husqvarna||12||6||2nd|
|1997||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||14||8||1st|
|1998||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||14||8||2nd|
|1999||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||14||7||2nd|
|2000||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||10||7||1st|
|2001||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||10||1||3rd|
|2002||World Enduro Championship||500 cc||KTM||6||0||11th|
|2003||World Enduro Championship||250 cc||KTM||2||0||19th|
|1989||Walldürn, Germany||Junior Trophy||Finland||1st|
|1990||Västerås, Sweden||World Trophy||Finland||2nd|
|1991||Považská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia||World Trophy||Finland||11th|
|1993||Assen, Netherlands||World Trophy||Finland||10th|
|1994||Tulsa, United States||World Trophy||Finland||5th|
|1995||Jelenia Góra, Poland||World Trophy||Finland||3rd|
|1996||Hämeenlinna, Finland||World Trophy||Finland||1st|
|1997||Brescia, Italy||World Trophy||Finland||2nd|
|1998||Traralgon, Australia||World Trophy||Finland||1st|
|1999||Coimbra, Portugal||World Trophy||Finland||1st|
|2000||Granada, Spain||World Trophy||Finland||18th|
|2001||Brive-la-Gaillarde, France||World Trophy||Finland||16th|
|2003||Fortaleza, Brazil||World Trophy||Finland||1st|
|2008||Serres, Greece||World Trophy||Finland||5th|
- "Salminen ajoi enduron MM-historiaa Walesissa". MTV3 (in Finnish). 19 July 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
- "Kari Tiainen, Mr. Enduro". Suomen Moottoriurheilumuseo (in Finnish). Retrieved 24 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "Kimi Räikkönen perusti tallin motocrossin MM-sarjaan". MTV3 (in Finnish). 2 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.