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Loss of MotoGP concessions an 'interesting challenge' for KTM

Red Bull KTM's technical chief Sebastien Risse believes his team are in an interesting phase of its development heading into the 2021 MotoGP season as they will no longer benefit from concessions given to those who have not achieved certain levels of success.

Currently, KTM benefit from such advantages as having two more engines in their allocation, racers have unlimited test opportunities and five instead of three wildcard slots. But those will vanish in 2021 on top of an grid-wide engine development freeze.

"We are certainly in an interesting position now because we have lost our concessions. That is an additional challenge that we will face in the next year," said Risse.


"That also means that we are now pushing extra in winter. Not only are the rules changing from a technical point of view, but also the approach - it is important to work together with the test team, the factory and the racing team to get the best motorcycle on the track."

The team already has Dani Pedrosa on their test roster and will add the experience of Danilo Petrucci in the Tech3 satellite team.

“Of course it's a challenge, that's clear. But we also get Danilo, who has experience, even if not on our bike. It's a situation that we have to deal with. Our drivers are all developing well. It's true that on some tracks they can't gain experience because we're not racing there, but we can't change that.

We will definitely make the most of it. Overall, I think they have a lot of experience with the set-up and the things you do on normal racing weekends. It's not her first year in the motorcycle world championship either.

"We certainly now have a driver who is more experienced than the others. But we have a lot of good drivers and we will divide the work so that we can do well again in the end. "

Pedrosa would appear to be crucial to Sisse's plans for the RC16 and he has every faith in the little Spaniard.

"Dani is a very complete driver, he can help us in every area. Of course, he always focuses on where he thinks he sees a weak point in the motorcycle. And we concentrate with him on improving these aspects.

"Sure, he's quite special in terms of his height. But he also has a very good understanding of how to develop something for himself or in general to improve the motorcycle. He can tell the difference very well. He is definitely a great help in all areas of the motorcycle."

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