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Fans of Dani Pedrosa, who are ‘legion’, are in luck: MotoGP has just officially confirmed that the 35-year-old rider from Castellar will reappear in the World Championship to compete in the Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring, next August 8, with a ‘wild card’ awarded to the KTM Red Bull team. Pedrosa retired from racing in 2018, after an 18 stint at Honda, adding a total of 31 wins Y 112 podiums in 13 seasons in the premier class and began working as a KTM tester in the development of his MotoGP.
On 2019 Pedrosa became a fundamental part of the development program of the RC16, with which KTM, which debuted in the World Championship’s maximum displacement in the Grand Prize of the Valencian Community 2016 and he joined the grill permanently during the 2017 academic year.
The Catalan finished within the Top 5 in the overall MotoGP World Championship up to 11 times, 3 of them as runner-up. The last time we were able to enjoy the pilot of KTM It was almost a thousand days ago, on the occasion of the appointment held in the Ricardo Tormo Circuit of Valencia on 2018, where he ranked 5th.
Since then it has limited itself to sharing the track with the current grid of MotoGP both in the IRTA as in the private test days. There had been speculation of a possible wild card for Misano, but it was not confirmed. In fact, KTM planned its return in the Red bull ring from Austria, in his home race.Dani Pedrosa – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Rider
“It has been very interesting to be part of this project from the beginning with KTM and to be able to share my experience with them. Step by step we have done the best we could and it is interesting to play a race again because it gives you a different perspective compared to a normal test. It has been a long time since my last race and, of course, the mentality for a GP is very different from that of a test. My goal is to try to test some things about the bike in a race situation. I want to understand the requests that the riders can have for the different sessions and technical characteristics. Watching it from home I can perceive the improvements in the bikes, but to better understand we will do this ‘wildcard’. It is difficult to talk about my expectations after having been away from the competition for so long Everything may or may not fit, but we will try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can. “
Mike Leitner – Red Bull KTM Race Manager
“It will be funny to see Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP ™ again. He has been away from racing for quite some time, but it will be valuable to have him in the Red Bull Ring pit to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of our KTM RC16 in race conditions. GP. Dani has had a great influence on our MotoGP ™ project thanks to all his experience. The company has worked and pushed hard to follow up his requests, along with those of Mika Kallio. Dani was a good reference, as he retired to late 2018 when he was still at the top of the sport and we can see some of his influence on the current success of the KTM RC16. He will have a mix of the current racing bike and some small updates and will do some testing over the weekend, but we don’t want to overload you either. We want you to enjoy the GP. There are a lot of young and strong riders in MotoGP ™ right now so you will be busy, but this is a good way for you to learn more and feel the benchmark. current difference. This will help us in future tests. “