Dani Pedrosa retired from full-time racing at the end of 2018 and is now KTM's factory test rider. Picture: SUPPLIED
Dani Pedrosa retired from full-time racing at the end of 2018 and is now KTM's factory test rider. Picture: SUPPLIED

Dani Pedrosa will make a wild card return to MotoGP at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on August 6-8, the KTM team said on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Spaniard retired from full-time racing at the end of 2018 but has since served as KTM’s factory test rider.

Three times a runner-up in the top category, Pedrosa won 31 races with Honda in 2006-2018. The race at the Red Bull Ring will be his first for KTM.

“It’s interesting again to go into a race because it gives you a different perspective compared to a normal test,” he said.

“My focus for the GP is to try to test the things we have on the bike in a race situation. I wish to understand the requests riders might have for different sessions and technical features.” 

Miguel Oliviera is KTM’s highest-placed rider in this year’s MotoGP championship, on 85 points in seventh place. SA’s Brad Binder is on 60 points in ninth place.

Reuters

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