Red Bull KTM have announced that current Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa will fulfil an important role as test rider for their MotoGP line-up in 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The 3-time Champion and 13-season premier class veteran will work alongside Mika Kallio developing the KTM RC16 for what will be the motorcycle’s third year of Grand Prix competition.
Pedrosa, who recently turned 33 and announced his retirement from MotoGP at the Grand Prix of Germany in July, will take his first steps as a test and development rider to support the Red Bull KTM project for the next two years.
Pit Beirer of Motorsports Director KTM Group: “To have a rider of Pedrosa‘s skill and experience as part of our MotoGP project is another strong sign that we are moving in the right direction and we are still pushing as hard as we can. We have seen how competitive MotoGP is this year and how fractions of a second can sometimes hide real progress and valuable lessons.
“We hope – and we are very excited – that Pedrosa‘s input alongside Mika Kallio and feeding into the two teams we’ll have on the grid next year will really help to close the gap even further. I think we can feel very optimistic about our possibilities for the upcoming seasons.
“I’d like to thank the whole crew at the factory, all the strong effort at the races and for all those testing miles as we come close to the end of our second year. Also to Dani: it is great that he believes and trusts in us and what we are doing.”
Mike Leitner (Team Manager KTM MotoGP): “I’m super happy that we could reach this agreement with Pedrosa. Thanks to all his years and success in MotoGP™ I believe he will help our project in a big way and in developing the bike. Pedrosa is a three-time world champion and three-time runner-up in this category and I know him well from the time working together. He is still very competitive and this can only benefit our MotoGP effort.”
The Spaniard boasts over 30 MotoGP wins (more than 50 in all classes), 3 world titles and has more than 110 MotoGP podium appearances. His presence and insight will bring an essential added benefit to the work done by Mika Kallio, who has been part of the MotoGP’s programme since the very beginning