KTM has been a dominant force in the MotoGP's premier class ever since Dani Pedrosa signed as their official test rider back in 2019. It was a slow start for the retired Spaniard due to an injury, but right after the recovery period, he went on the develop the KTM RC16 into a race-winning machine that's now able to bring the fight against the front runners.
While we know this to be a team effort, KTM acquiring Dani Pedrosa into its side of the paddock turned the tides for the brand's MotoGP project. His sole focus was to develop the RC16 to win races, which it did on four different occasions from the likes of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder. His job with the 2021 prototype seemed to bear the fruit KTM has been waiting for, and now, it looks like he's ready to enter a few races as a wildcard entry.
Pedrosa has shown interest to compete this season and will most likely participate in two races this year with KTM. The team has set its sights for Misano and Austria, but that's entirely up to Pedrosa's willingness to go through the stressful GP weekend as a racer and his ability to complete the development of the 2022 KTM RC16. So that'll most likely be in August and September.
According to KTM Motorsports Director, Pit Beirer, "We will definitely see Dani this year. We will do a wildcard with him as soon as we think the package for 2022 is ready for it. We want Dani back to a GP circuit. Nevertheless, the final decision rests with Dani himself. He has to tell us if he wants to expose himself to the pressure and stress of a GP weekend again, but he told us he wants to do it. We would not have pushed him in that direction. He apparently wants to compete with the other MotoGP guys again."