Dani Pedrosa is coming out of retirement at the age of 35 to drive for KTM at the Styrian Grand Prix next month, the MotoGP team announced on Tuesday.
The Spaniard, who won three world titles in lower categories and played 13 seasons in MotoGP, winning 31 races and finishing second overall three times, retired at the end of 2018.
He worked as a development driver for KTM.
The Austrian team said Pedrosa would ride “a suitable development version of the KTM RC16 to gain further valuable data in Grand Prix conditions”.
The KTM RC16 is the model driven by KTM and its satellite team, Tech3, this season.
“It’s been a long time since my last race and of course the mentality for a GP is very different from a test,” Pedrosa said on the KTM website.
“My goal for the GP is to try and test the things we have on the bike in a race situation. “
“It’s hard to talk about my expectations after being away from the competition for so long. Everything can snap into a racing mentality or not. “
Pedrosa will compete as a wild card, alongside two regular KTM factory riders, Miguel Oliveira, seventh in the championship, and Brad Binder, 10th.
“It will be curious to see Dani again in MotoGP,” said Mike Leitner, KTM race director.
“He’s been out of the race for quite a long time, but it will be invaluable to have him in the Red Bull Ring garage to analyze the strong and weaker elements of our KTM RC16 package under GP conditions.
The Styrian GP on August 8 will be the 10th round of 19 in a season so far dominated by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo from Yamaha.
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