The highly skillful rider, Dani Pedrosa, is going to end his 18 year association with Repsol Honda. Previously, he said that he will completely take a break from motorsport in his statement, but, in the recent episodes, he’s been linked to the tester roles with factory KTM team.
Even Pol Espargaro has been excited about this move and shown much enthusiasm on working with veteran for enhancing the RC16. He says Dani Pedrosa joining KTM as an official MotoGP test rider next year would be a “dream”, and reckons some “pros than cons” to the Spaniard's rendezvous.
While there is no official confirmation about this story on the paddock, but, as rumored, KTM has a secret advantage with Mike Leitner – who is the former crew chief of Pedrosa. Presently, Mike has an effective, valuable person inside the Austrian marque. Furthermore, RedBull is the major sponsor for KTM and also the personal sponsor for Pedrosa. In summation, the Dani would more likely to accept this invitation as a “Test Rider.”
If he joins the KTM squad, he will partner the other tester - Mika Kallio. According to proposed contract, Pedrosa won’t take part in any outings or wildcard appearances in 2019. Alternatively, he will develop and unlock the potentials of RC16 prototype.
With all added advantage, Espargaro adds, “He knows all the details of this bike, all the riding styles, all the progressions of the bike and how a winning factory team is working during a race weekend.”
But this transition from Pedrosa might get us in suspicion that he wants to race in the future for different teams or just better off as a tester?
Dani Pedrosa, being nonchalant throughout his career, has recorded substantial results and has a vast knowledge about evolving the bikes. Dani is the one going to decide and strangle every bit of his time to make things work. We will wait and see, think he still has some unfinished business to do with motorcycles.