Pedrosa to make MotoGP return in Austria as wild card

The 35-year-old Dani Pedrosa had retired from full-time racing at the end of the 2018 MotoGP season but has since served as KTM's factory test rider.

Three times a runner-up in the top category, Dani Pedrosa (R) won 31 races with Honda between 2006-18.   -  Getty Images

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

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

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Three times a runner-up in the top category, Pedrosa won 31 races with Honda between 2006-18. The race at the Red Bull Ring will be his first for KTM.

"It is 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."

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