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Guidotti to exchange Leitner as KTM technical director

The KTM staff, which is able to enter its sixth season in MotoGP subsequent yr, is presently looking for to take a brand new step ahead in its challenge which, after a profitable 2020 by which the Austrian producer secured its first victories within the high tier, has stagnated this previous season. 

As a way to get its MotoGP programme again on monitor, KTM has elected to convey Guidotti into the fold.

Guidotti, who has a wealth of expertise in MotoGP, will depart from Pramac after 9 seasons with the staff.

As Pramac’s staff supervisor, the Italian has labored intently with Ducati, the present bike of reference on the grid, and shall be tasked with pushing KTM additional up the order.

Guidotti had additionally rumoured to take over the function of staff supervisor at Suzuki in 2022, which is presently looking for a brand new administration construction following a disappointing defence of its riders’ title – by which 2020 champion Joan Mir was unable to safe a victory.

The out-going Leitner got here to KTM after an intensive profession at Honda-HRC, the place he excelled in his function as Dani Pedrosa’s monitor engineer. 

The Austrian technician was recruited by KTM to steer the transfer into MotoGP, taking the RC213V mannequin as the idea for its RC16 prototype.

Nonetheless, the tables have turned on the MotoGP grid and the bike that now units the aggressive benchmark is the Ducati, therefore KTM’s curiosity in bringing in Guidotti – who is aware of the bike and the working strategies of the Borgo Panigale model.

KTM broke its victory duck within the third spherical of the 2020 season, the place then-rookie Brad Binder prevailed at Brno to safe victory.

The sister Tech3 operation snared two victories that yr courtesy of Miguel Oliveira, who sensationally received on the Styrian Grand Prix with a last-corner go on Jack Miller and former KTM rider Pol Espargaro.

Binder and Oliveira received one race apiece in 2021, with the Portuguese rider claiming the spoils on the Catalan Grand Prix following his transfer to the KTM manufacturing facility squad, whereas Binder’s gamble on slick tyres on an ever-dampening Crimson Bull Ring circuit netted him victory within the Austrian Grand Prix.

Nonetheless, the Tech3 operation struggled, with Danilo Petrucci’s fifth place at Le Mans marking the French staff’s greatest results of 2021.

KTM will proceed to provide the identical gear to each squads, with Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira remaining on the manufacturing facility staff, and Tech3’s line-up shaped by two rookie riders, this yr’s Moto2 champion Remy Gardner and runner-up Raul Fernandez.

On Thursday morning KTM confirmed Motorsport.com’s report by formally asserting Leitner’s departure from his present function – although confirmed he would stay in a consultancy place with the Austrian producer.

“Mike has been a key determine in our mission to combat towards one of the best on this planet of highway racing,” KTM boss Pit Beirer stated.

“Collectively we created a MotoGP construction with the correct employees and the correct riders which achieved excellent outcomes on the pinnacle of the game.

“We began constructing our RC16 and the entire plan from a clean piece of paper and beneath his steering we put an important staff collectively; one which took on the problem of MotoGP.

“Now, after seven years collectively, we determined to reorganise our MotoGP management for the longer term, and I can not categorical how a lot we wish to thank him for all of the work he put into this challenge.

“Mike pushed very laborious to get us from the again of the grid to the entrance row and his dedication has performed a significant half in our success story.”

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