News 17 May 2019

Pedrosa testing return to offer boost for Red Bull KTM

Retired MotoGP legend recovers from collarbone injury.

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A number of test laps completed at Mugello this week have confirmed MotoGP legend Dani Pedrosa will be available for testing with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing from next month after adequately recovering from a collarbone injury.

Pedrosa faced a broad and demanding process of physical recovery from the complex double stress fracture of the right collarbone, undergoing surgery in January and ultimately preventing him from participating in planned pre-season testing with the Austrian manufacturer.

Team manager Mike Leitner is confident Pedrosa’s return to track will offer the factory outfit a boost in the current MotoGP World Championship, as the brand continues to develop its RC16 machine.

“It was very positive and also quite exciting to see Dani riding at Mugello and able to make those laps,” said Leitner. “It means his shoulder recovery has gone well and he is almost ready to start his new job for us.

“We can all see how close MotoGP is in 2019 so far and how high the level is now, so to have Dani’s experience and his knowledge coming into the team and to the technicians back in the factory will only help us even more.”

After retiring from professional racing last year, KTM signed Pedrosa to a multi-year contract to fulfil the role as its lead test rider.