The news is one of those that make noise, because it is definitely unexpected. A few weeks after the end of the 2021 season, with the riders market now well defined as regards the premier class, it is a surprise that the executives market is moving – and heavily – in MotoGP. According to an article published today by the Gazzetta dello Sport, KTM is preparing to experience an authentic internal revolution that could have a heavy impact on the sporting future of the house. The leaders of the Austrian brand in fact have made the decision to replace the current team director Mike Leitner, ‘guilty’ of a season deemed disappointing despite the two GPs won.
Even more unexpected, however, is the name that will replace Leitner. It is in fact Francesco Guidotti, in recent years the absolute reference points of the principal satellite team of Ducati, the Pramac team. Paolo Campionoti’s team has launched a lot of talents in the premier class during the last few seasons, obtaining significant results. Above all, the title of best independent team won this year thanks to the contribution of Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin. The same pair of official Ducati fans, Bagnaia-Miller, had been ‘taken’ directly by the Pramac group. Guidotti will be joined by Fabiano Sterlacchini, former right-hand man of Gigi Dall’Igna in Ducati. Having arrived at KTM this year, Sterlacchini will take on the role of ‘solo’ technical director, while this year he was joined by Leitner.