Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Petrucci will partner Lecuona at Red Bull KTM Tech3 for MotoGP season.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 have locked in their rider line-ups for the 2021 season ahead of the return to 2020 competition on July 19 at Jerez. Here is all you need to know:
– Red Bull KTM Factory Racing will line up in 2021 with South African Brad Binder and Portuguese Miguel Oliveira as the former Moto3™ and Moto2™ teammates reunite for track battle in the premier motorbike class.
– Oliveira, 25, moves into the factory set-up for what will be his third term in MotoGP, while 2020 rookie Binder will race for a second time in the elite class.
– Oliveira said: “I’m really happy about this opportunity that KTM have given me for two years. I feel that they trust me to show my value as a rider in this project.”
– Binder, 24, has been part of the family since 2015 and became the company’s third Moto3 World Champion in 2016 – lodging all of his 15 GP victories ‘in orange’.
– He said: “I’m incredibly excited to have another season on the Red Bull Factory Racing RC16. I’m really looking forward to getting my first MotoGP race under my belt.”
– KTM will also harness the experience and GP-winning speed of Italian rider Danilo Petrucci, who will partner Spaniard Iker Lecuona at Red Bull KTM Tech3 in 2021.
– Red Bull KTM Tech3 will count on nine seasons of MotoGP riding experience by Petrucci, while 20-year-old Lecuona gets to build on his rookie 2020 season.
– Lecuona said: “I felt very good with the new RC16 from day one and the bike has really progressed from the configuration we used in the 2019 Valencia race. Signing for 2021 gives me peace of mind enough to be able to fight for my goal of being Rookie of the Year.”
– All four racers will steer works KTM RC16s, while KTM say goodbye to Spaniard Pol Espargaro next season with 2020 the fourth year in a successful collaboration.
– KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer revealed: “It gives me great pleasure to stick these four hungry guys together for our MotoGP program. We have two set-ups, but really it is one big team with all four athletes on the same bikes and with the same possibilities.”
– The 2020 MotoGP season gets underway with a double-header – the Grandes Premios Red Bull de España and Andalucía – at Jerez on July 19 and 26.