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MOTO - MUNDIAL - MOTO GP - DANI PEDROSA NO RED BULL RING

Quarta, 21 Julho 2021 20:17 | Actualizado em Segunda, 26 Julho 2021 19:04

MotoGP three-time title runner-up back on track at Red Bull Ring in August.
 

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 - the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria - at the Red Bull Ring, Austria on August 6-8.

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."

- Red Bull KTM Race Manager Mike Leitner added: "It will be curious to see Dani in MotoGP again. He has been away from racing for quite a long time but it will be valuable to have him in garage at Red Bull Ring to analyse the strong and not-so-strong parts of our KTM RC16 package in GP conditions and it will give him a good indication for his testing work. Dani has had a big influence in our MotoGP project thanks to all of his experience. The company was working and pushing hard to follow his requests, along with Mika's (Kallio). Dani was a good reference as he retired at the end of 2018 while still at the top of the sport and we can see some of his influence in the current success of the KTM RC16. He will have a mixture of the current race bike and some small upgrades and he will have some testing to do during the weekend but we also don't want to overload him. We want him to enjoy the Grand Prix! There are a lot of young, strong riders in MotoGP at the moment, so he will be busy but this is a good way for him to learn more and feel the current benchmark in the sport and this will help us for future testing."

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