Retirement plan shaping up for the talented Spaniard.
Current Repsol Honda ace Dani Pedrosa has been linked to a testing role with the Red Bull KTM Factory Team when he retires from competition at the conclusion of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship, according a report on www.motorsport.com.
Interest from former long-time crew chief Mike Leitner and the opportunity to continue his partnership with KTM’s title sponsor Red Bull is understood to be a lucrative deal for the number 26, who has collected 54 grand prix victories in his career.
KTM’s regular test rider Mika Kallio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining knee ligament damage at the Sachsenring, but the Finnish ace is expected to work alongside Pedrosa in a two-man test team as the Austrian factory continues its development of the RC-16. The 32-year-old is expected to forgo any wildcard appearances with KTM.
KTM is set to boost its MotoGP presence in 2019 as Tech 3 Racing will transition to the manufacturer, while the factory squad is set to field talented contender Johann Zarco alongside regular Pol Espargaro.