The KTM group, which can enter its sixth season in MotoGP subsequent 12 months, is presently looking for to take a brand new step ahead in its mission which, after a profitable 2020 wherein 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 deliver Guidotti into the fold.
Guidotti, who has a wealth of expertise in MotoGP, will depart from Pramac after 9 seasons with the group.
As Pramac’s group supervisor the Italian has labored carefully with Ducati, the present bike of reference on the grid, and will likely be tasked with pushing KTM additional up the order.
Guidotti had additionally rumoured to take over the position of group supervisor at Suzuki in 2022, which is presently looking for a brand new administration construction following a disappointing defence of its riders’ title – wherein 2020 champion Joan Mir was unable to safe a victory.
The out-going Leitner got here to KTM after an in depth profession at Honda-HRC, the place he excelled in his position as Dani Pedrosa’s monitor engineer.
The Austrian was recruited by KTM to guide the transfer into MotoGP, taking the RC213V mannequin as the premise for its RC16 prototype.
Miguel Oliveira, Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing
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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 12 months courtesy of Miguel Oliveira, who sensationally received on the Styrian Grand Prix with a last-corner move 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 unit squad, whereas Binder’s gamble on slick tyres on an ever-dampening Pink 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 group’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 unit group, and Tech3’s line-up shaped by two rookie riders, this 12 months’s Moto2 champion Remy Gardner and runner-up Raul Fernandez.