KTM Press Release Confirms Francesco Guidotti To Be Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager

The news that Francesco Guidotti is to replace Mike Leitner as team manager of the Red Bull KTM MotoGP team has been known for a while now. After the news last week that Mike Leitner is transition to a consultancy role, today, KTM issued the following press release confirming Guidotti will take his place as team manager:

KTM welcome Francesco Guidotti back into the MotoGP fold

2021 MotoGP news

KTM Factory Racing are pleased to announce that Francesco Guidotti will return to the company and will take the reigns of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad as Team Manager.

The 49-year old Italian from Tuscany oversaw KTM’s Grand Prix entry in the old 125 and 250cc divisions for four years and then departed the world championship for a successful two-season stint in WorldSBK. For the last decade he has been in control of one of the leading satellite teams in MotoGP before again deciding to lead the orange effort at the pinnacle of the sport.

Francesco Guidotti: “I was a team manager for KTM from 2006-2009 and then took some valuable experience in another series before coming back to MotoGP. Now I am able to complete the circle! KTM have always been very ambitious and hungry with their racing programs and we can see that MotoGP is no different; it is incredible what they have achieved in such a short time and there is still much we can do. I’m very happy to be back and part of this big push for more success.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director: “It’s a pleasure to have Francesco back with us and someone who knows our culture and way to go racing at KTM. We wanted to refreshen the MotoGP management structure and we feel that his input and ideas will give us some new momentum for our sixth season on the grid. With people like Francesco, Fabiano Sterlacchini, Hervé Poncharal, Jens Hainbach and Aki Ajo we know we have the best leadership to help us move ahead and make more MotoGP milestones for the company.”

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...and what about confirming Brivio's return too?

Wishing Orange all the best. They are so close, just a stumble? Or was the previous surge the anomaly? I am going with had a stumble. Just look at their program, huge and crafty. Lovely diversity for the circus. Hope also colors the lenses just a bit Orange admittedly.

I thought it had been confirmed that he's not going back to Suzuki?