The next Styrian GP of MotoGP, which will be held on August 8, will have a very special guest: Dani Pedrosa. The veteran Barcelona rider, winner of 31 Grands Prix, will contest the race at the Red Bull Ring after obtaining a wildcard (invitation) to race with KTM, of which he has been a tester since he retired in 2018.
His return to the paddock for one last dance had been rumored for some time, but for various reasons he has been left out. Since his retirement he has been dedicated to assisting KTM in the development of the RC16, motorcycle with which he will compete in the Austrian event.
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“It has been a long time since my last race and of course the mentality for a GP is very different from a test. My goal for the GP is to try to test the things we have on the bike in a race situation. From home I have been able to perceive the improvements in motorcycles and racing, but to understand more about MotoGP now, the new technologies and how to compete and use strategies against others, we will complete this invitation “, he explained the 35-year-old pilot.
The last race that Dani Pedrosa played was the GP of the Valencian Community in 2018, in which he finished 5th. “It is difficult to talk about my expectations after so long away from the competition. It may or may not fit a race mentality, but we will try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can,” he said.
Although he retired without reaching the MotoGP title, Pedrosa played 13 seasons, of which he finished eleven in the top five and three of them was runner-up in the world.