KTM, the unexpected announcement: look who’s back racing in MotoGP!

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KTM three points in the next GP in Jerez, there is another interesting name. And there will be a “special guest” at the Sepang tests.

Announcement day! Photo: Philip Platzer/KTM

It’s troop presentation day KTM. Colors almost unchanged, but two RC16s with the hope that Brad Binder and Jack Miller will materialize them hopes of glory of the Mattinghofen brand. That’s all? No way, apparently KTM was in the mood to big announcements. Above all there is the news regarding the super test driver Dani Pedrosa, which we will see in action. Two years after the first and only wild cards, will compete in a new GP! But that’s not the only announcement: the second name of interest is Jonas Folgerformer MotoGP that KTM is following with Attention.

Dani Pedrosa, the return

So far the “little Samurai” has only played a race with KTM colors. We have to go back to Styrian GP 2021, a race that started not exactly in the best way. His highside, Savadori who can’t avoid the RC16 on the ground, the Aprilia on fire and the red flag: first laps they have done tremble everyone. Pedrosa did not hide it fright tried, and yet, once he got back on the saddle, he closed that ride in tenth position. And luckily he had never competed in a motorcycle race again since three years! Now there will be an encore at this year’s stage a Jerez: the announcement was made directly by the team manager Francesco Guidottiat KTM they do not hide their satisfaction. “We’ve never forced it, and Dani doesn’t contest a wild card if you hear that the bike is not competitive” stressed a satisfied and hopeful Pit Beirer. In addition to collecting basic data, the curiosity it’s already sky high.

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KTM watches Jonas Folger

On the subject of testers, however, we begin to think of a “generational change“. Sure Mattinghofen pampers you both Dani Pedrosa that Mika Kallio, solid pillars of the KTM project in MotoGP. But the first is 37 years old, the second is 40, so we’re also starting to look around future optics. And there is a former MotoGP who has attracted attention: Jonas Folgercategory rookie in the 2017 but forced to stop prematurely for a major health problem. A situation that inevitably has conditioned his career: on the scoresheet a year since testers Yamaha, some replacement Moto2, the title in the German Superbike and some wild cards in the World Cup, before the full 2021. In the 2022 has not played any championship, last October the first contact with the KTM RC16 in Jerez. The encore will take place in the first days of February: Folger is the “special guests” in the shakedown in Sepang, three days dedicated to test riders and rookies. Future proof?

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