Pedrosa to make MotoGP comeback with KTM wildcard in Austria - Motor Informed

Pedrosa to make MotoGP comeback with KTM wildcard in Austria

The double 250cc and one-time 125cc world champion retired from MotoGP on the finish of the 2018 season after a 13-year stint within the premier class with Honda.

Upon his retirement from racing Pedrosa took up a job as an official check rider for KTM and has remained with the Austrian marque ever since.

Till lately, the 31-time MotoGP race winner had little curiosity in contesting any wildcards with KTM, although final month it was reported he was eyeing a grand prix return – nevertheless, on the time it was believed to be at Misano.

KTM has now confirmed he’ll be part of common manufacturing facility KTM riders Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, and the Tech3 KTMs of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona on the Purple Bull Ring in August for the Styrian GP.

The Austrian marque has additionally confirmed Pedrosa will journey “an tailored growth model” of the RC16.

“It’s been super-interesting to be a part of this mission from the start with KTM in MotoGP and with the ability to share my expertise with them,” Pedrosa mentioned.

“Step-by-step we did one of the best we might and now it’s fascinating once more to enter a race as a result of it offers you a special perspective in comparison with a traditional check.

“It has been a very long time since my final race and, in fact, the mentality for a GP could be very completely different to a check.

Dani Pedrosa, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Dani Pedrosa, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“My focus for the GP is to attempt to check the issues we’ve got on the bike in a race scenario.

“I want to perceive the requests riders may need for various classes and technical options.

“Watching from residence I can sense the enhancements within the bikes and the racing however with the intention to perceive extra about MotoGP now, the brand new applied sciences and how you can race and use methods in opposition to the others we’ll make this wildcard.

“It’s tough to speak about my expectations after being so lengthy away from competitors.

“It’d all click on right into a racing mentality or it may not however we’ll attempt to benefit from the weekend as a lot as we are able to.”

KTM has not mentioned whether or not Pedrosa will stay on the bike for a second wildcard outing within the following weekend’s Austrian GP on the Purple Bull Ring.

Pedrosa will not be the one retired MotoGP star to make a comeback in Austria subsequent month.

Petronas SRT has confirmed Franco Morbidelli – who underwent knee surgical procedure final month – shall be out of motion till September’s San Marino GP, with Pedrosa’s former Honda stablemate Cal Crutchlow anticipated to take management of the ‘A-spec’ Yamaha in Morbidelli’s absence.



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