In a last minute maneuver that caught Campinoti himself by surprise, KTM announced earlier this month the incorporation of Guidotti for the position of team manager, as one more of the changes that the Austrian brand has carried out in recent weeks. .
The gap left by Guidotti will finally be covered by Calabresi, a regular in the MotoGP paddock for two decades and who until now was the team manager of the Pramac structure that competes in the MotoE World Cup. At his side will be Nieto, who as sports director will deal with the management of the riders, something he has already been doing in recent years.
“I am very proud that Paolo Campinoti has thought of me for this position,” said Claudio Calabresi. “We have been working together for several years on different projects and have developed a solid relationship of respect and friendship. Now a new chapter opens for me, in which curiosity, passion and experience will be at the full disposal of the team, with the greatest commitment to continue being one of the most competitive teams in MotoGP”.
Pramac team owner Paolo Campinoti commented: “Claudio’s growth within our team is testament to the esteem and confidence I have in him, and I am convinced that after three seasons as Team Manager in MotoE he will be at up to this new and important challenge. We are impatient to start this new adventure together, confident that Pramac Racing will be one of the leading teams in MotoGP and that next season will give us great satisfaction. The close collaboration with Fonsi will also guarantee us solid ability and experience from a sporting point of view”.
Guidotti’s departure did not sit well with Pramac, which despite having met with several teams throughout the year, already had him for 2022 . However, the fact that both Jorge Martín and Johann Zarco have a direct contract with Ducati meant that their goodbye was not seen as something traumatic.
Thanks to Martín’s victory in Styria (the first in the history of the structure) and the eight podiums achieved between him and Zarco, Pramac finished this year in fourth place in the statistics, and as the first among the independent teams.