For the first time in its 20-year MotoGP history, Tech3 starts a new season as a proven race winner, courtesy of Miguel Oliveira‘s victories at Red Bull Ring and Austria in 2020.
And while Oliveira has now moved on to the factory KTM team, he has been replaced by another proven MotoGP winner in the form of Danilo Petrucci.
The French team also has new colours for this season, with KTM itself filling the void left by the departure of former title sponsor Red Bull, resulting in a bright orange livery.
With Red Bull gone, the new team name for 2021 is ‘Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’. The word Factory is significant, with the Austrian manufacturer emphasising that Tech3 is just as important to them as the Official team.
Tech3 will again receive the latest RC16 bikes in MotoGP this year, equal in specification to the official team of Oliveira and Brad Binder and with KTM engineers working closely with the Tech3 crew.
Depending on how big a step Lecuona makes during his second season in the premier-class, much of Tech3’s 2021 hopes could rest on the shoulders of Petrucci.
The Italian has been a MotoGP winner in the dry and wet, but struggled for much of last season as the characteristics of the new Michelin rear tyre caused some confusion at Ducati.
Tech3 and KTM will no doubt be hoping that the RC16 will be a much better match for Petrucci’s aggressive style and that the family atmosphere of Herve Poncharal’s team can help bring out the very best in Italian.