"Pedrosa is small and discreet, but he raises his voice if necessary"

Hervé Poncharal, KTM Tech 3 team leader, praised the Spaniard's work for the factory: "He is one of the best development drivers. He is at the top."


Brad Binder's victory in Brno and Pol Espargaró's podium confirmed KTM as the biggest surprise of the season in MotoGP. Since its entry into the premier class in 2017, the Austrian brand has advanced by leaps and bounds, always hand in hand with Espargaró, who bet on the team from minute one. Although, perhaps, the turning point was the signing of Dani Pedrosa in 2019 as a test driver. The former HRC player has played a fundamental role in the development of the bike thanks to his experience and his refined touch, the one that Honda valued so much. It is no coincidence that KTM's final jump coincided with the arrival of Pedrosa.

Hervé Poncharal, boss of the KTM Tech3 team, the brand's satellite team, spoke of the success of the factory after Oliveira's victory in Austria. "I would say that often the student outperforms the teacher. I also think that coming and starting from scratch, without preconceptions, from a blank sheet of paper, can be an advantage, because you have less data and tons of information than they keep you on your narrow path. I also believe that there is a willingness to get there, an involvement of each person in this project, and a willingness to have a 360 ° vision, that is, to be totally open and not say 'this never It will work. 'An incredible open-mindedness! ”he stated in an interview with PaddockGP.

The Frenchman also highlighted Pedrosa's work with the test team, to which he blamed a large part of KTM's evolution: "On the other hand, the test team is really working and they have blown their noses while catching one of the best riders there is as a development rider, Dani Pedrosa, and they are using it to the fullest! I don't know what the others do with Pirro, Lorenzo or Bradl, but Dani is riding almost all the time. And as soon as he validates something as a plus , we use it! ".

Poncharal revealed that the four KTM riders used a Pedrosa test in Brno for their engine setup at the Red Bull Ring: "Dani did some tests and found a little better engine behavior on Monday at the GP of the Czech Republic we tested it and it was validated by the pilots, and in Austria we were riding with it. All four pilots! In the R&D or Test Team departments, they hired great people in all areas, engine, electronics, chassis aerodynamics and WP suspensions, and everyone is working like crazy! For example, Dani is on top. Listen to what the racers tell him, he has a great feeling and can be small and low-key, but when something goes wrong , he says "it doesn't work out". And he says it out loud! All that makes him move a lot ".

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