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Some initially doubted the decision, but the 2020 campaign for KTM showed just how good of a job Dani Pedrosa – and the entire company – is doing. And Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Mike Leitner has been speaking highly of the three-time World Champion’s work in orange ahead of the 2021 season.
As reported by crash.net, Pedrosa’s former crew chief Leitner sung the praises of the 31-time MotoGP™ race winner, saying that many people inside KTM are learning from him and that the famous number 26 isn’t just focusing on posting competitive lap times.
“I think such he's such an experienced MotoGP rider and where Dani is really good is that he's not only looking for a lap time. I mean the guy, in his brain - and this he had to have in his career because he's a very small rider and only had a certain amount of energy for a race - he's really looking at what makes the change for the race distance. On that point he's really, really good. Many people learn a lot from him,” said Leitner.
“It's not always easy to work with people - let's say, you can imagine if you are a young designer or engineer, you work for one month on one specific part. You bring it to test, you are so pumped about it and then the first thing the rider tells you when he comes back into the garage is it's better you put it in the bin or something,” continued Leitner.
“But Dani does it in a very good way. Very straight and very honest. I think now after two years of testing all the people in KTM understand him very well and can work from his comments better and better.”
Three wins for KTM in 2020 is partly down to Pedrosa’s tireless work. But the plaudits must go to everyone else, both riding the bikes and behind the scenes, as the Austrian factory now enter 2021 brimming with confidence. Head over to crash.net to read Leitner’s quotes in full!
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