Red Bull KTM Factory Racing test rider Dani Pedrosa will make a wildcard competitive outing with the KTM RC16 by entering the 10th round of the 2021 MotoGP series at the Red Bull Ring, Austria on August 6-8.
Although officially retired from racing in 2018, it is confirmed that the many-time former MotoGP runner-up will race at the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria and here is all you need to know:
– The 35-year-old won a world title at 125cc and two more at 250cc before racking up 31 victories and 112 podium results for Repsol Honda from 13 seasons in the premier MotoGP class between 2006 and 2018.
– Since his retirement, the three-time MotoGP runner-up has been an integral part of KTM’s development program for MotoGP and with the KTM RC16 that made its debut at Valencia in 2016.
– The Spaniard has shared a track with the current MotoGP field at both IRTA and private test days, however the Red Bull Ring will represent his first race with KTM where Pedrosa will steer an adapted development version of the KTM RC16 to gain further valuable data in GP conditions.
Sabadell native Pedrosa revealed: “It’s been super interesting to be part of this project from the beginning with KTM in MotoGP and being able to share my experience with them.
“Step-by-step we did the best we could and now it’s interesting again to go into a race 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 to a test. My focus for the GP is to try to test the things we have on the bike in a race situation.
“I wish to understand the requests riders might have for different sessions and technical features. Watching from home I can sense the improvements in the bikes and the racing but in order to understand more about MotoGP now, the new technologies and how to race and use strategies against the others, we’ll make this wildcard.
“It’s difficult to talk about my expectations after being so long away from competition. It might all click into a racing mentality or it might not, but we’ll try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can.”
Photo courtesy Red Bull
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