Kallio has been a key part of KTM’s test team as it built up its MotoGP project, and gave the RC16 its race debut at the 2016 Valencia Grand Prix as well as making numerous wildcard and replacement appearances on the bike since.
KTM bolstered its test team in 2019 by signing 31-time MotoGP race winner Dani Pedrosa after his retirement from racing at the end of the previous season.
Pedrosa has been instrumental in crafting the RC16 into the race winner it now is, after Brad Binder and Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira took the bike to three victories in 2020.
Commenting on its test team for 2021, KTM boss Pit Beirer said: “We’re pleased to be able to keep the stability and all the knowledge we have with our current testing team.
“In 2020 we could show how well and how fast we are working behind-the-scenes for our MotoGP programme and both Mika and Dani’s input were important in the progress we have made.
“It’s only been four years, but it gives the whole company a lot of pride and excitement to be able to set new targets and to make more memories in MotoGP.”
Pedrosa added: “KTM is very keen to keep improving and I’m only too happy to keep working with them and helping their riders onto bigger goals.
“I want to thank Pit Beirer, Stefan Pierer and Red Bull for all their trust in me.”
Dani Pedrosa, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing