Having introduced his retirement from MotoGP on the finish of this season, Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa has introduced he can be becoming a member of KTM as a check rider in 2019. The 31-time MotoGP race winner has signed a two-year take care of the Austrian producer, which his first transfer exterior Honda, having spent his complete profession with the Japanese workforce. Pedrosa retired from the game after spending 13 years and turning into some of the revered riders throughout the grid.
Talking on bringing Pedrosa onboard, KTM Motorsports director, Pit Beirer stated, “To have a rider of Dani’s talent and expertise as a part of our MotoGP undertaking is one other sturdy signal that we’re transferring in the precise route and we’re nonetheless pushing as arduous as we are able to. We’ve seen how aggressive MotoGP is that this yr and the way fractions of a second can generally conceal actual progress and priceless classes. We hope – and we’re very excited – that Dani’s enter alongside Mika Kallio and feeding into the 2 groups we’ll have on the grid subsequent yr will actually assist to shut the hole even additional.”
Dani Pedrosa can be becoming a member of alongside Mika Kallio as a reserve check rider at KTM supporting Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro in growing the KTM RC16. The inputs from Pedrosa and Kallio are sure to additionally assist satellite tv for pc workforce Tech3 that introduced its tie-up with KTM earlier this yr, ending its two-decade outdated affiliation with Yamaha.
KTM workforce supervisor, Mike Leitner stated, “We are able to really feel very optimistic about our prospects for the upcoming seasons. I might prefer to thank the entire crew on the manufacturing unit, all of the sturdy effort on the races and for all these testing miles as we come near the top of our second yr. Additionally to Dani: it’s nice that he believes and trusts in us and what we’re doing. I am super-happy that we might attain this settlement with Dani. Because of all his years and success in MotoGP I consider he’ll assist our undertaking in a giant manner and in growing the bike. Dani is a three-time world champion [125cc in 2003, 250cc in ’04 and ’05] and three-time runner-up on this class and I do know him properly from the time working collectively. He’s nonetheless very aggressive and this will solely profit our MotoGP effort.”
Having spent his complete profession with Honda since 2006, the Catalan rider has racked up over 50 wins throughout all lessons together with three world titles with one within the 125 cc, and two within the 250 cc class. He is additionally had over 110 MotoGP podium finishes to his identify. This season nonetheless, has seen Pedrosa’s worst efficiency over his complete profession, with back-to-back accidents additional spiralling his efficiency trajectory. The rider is presently at 11th within the standings with two rounds remaining.