Acosta’s meteoric career

Pedro Acosta had already made history in the Motorcycle World Championship before proclaiming himself today Moto3 world champion with only 17 years and 166 days, just one day older than the age at which Loris Capirossi set the precocity record as world champion in this championship. In what Spanish does equal Italian is in the milestone of champion on the first try, in his debut year, the same thing he did Capirex in the 125cc class in 1990.

Unlike the three-time champion, because he also won a 250cc title, the Mazarrón Shark He will go up next year in the category, to Moto2, while Loris stayed one more year in the eighth of a liter and repeated the title. His father, Pedro Acosta, said on Saturday in Portimao before he was crowned that “his title is already having won a contract this year to get into Moto2 and in three years to MotoGP, which is where everyone wants to go.” And it is that KTM wants him in their ranks for the remains, if possible.

That is how meteoric Acosta’s career is, that even after his first season in the small class, he had already earned a place in the premier class thanks to the Austrian factory. Nothing has been made official other than his move to the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team, but the jump to MotoGP is also scheduled for the 2024 season. He earned it with a brutal start to the year. He made his debut at the Qatar 1 event with a surprising second place, which was his first World Cup podium, behind his teammate, Masiá. Then he won his first GP at the Qatar 2 event and starting from the pit lane, incredible, to continue with victory at Portimao 1 and Jerez. That allowed him to chain four consecutive podiums in his first four races, something that no driver had done in all of World Cup history. In addition, he became the youngest driver in history, at 16 years old, capable of winning three races in a row.

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The rest of the season brought some more joy, such as the victories of Germany and Austria 1, to mark Garcia, who became his main rival before Foggia finally was. The Italian signed a spectacular last third of the season, with a cut of 76 points in the six races prior to Portimao, but in the end he had to kneel before a Pedro Acosta that gives Spain its 55th title (only Italy has more with 79) and makes him the 22nd Spanish champion. Enter the club where they were already Nieto (12 + 1), Marc Márquez (8), Lorenzo (5), Aspar (4), Pedrosa (3), Crivillé, Mir, Pons and Álex Márquez and Tormo with two, Elías, Pol, Rabat, Alzamora, Bautista , Simón, Terol, Maverick, Martín, Arenas and Herreros with one.

And all this, of course, is not the result of chance. It is the result of starting at the age of five to give gas at the school of his right hand, and left, Paco Mármol in Cartagena, of forging himself in the Cradle of Champions and hardening himself in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, in which he was second in 2019, behind Tatay, and winning it in 2020, and in the FIM CEV Repsol, in which he was third last year for behind Guevara and Artigas, today his companions on a world championship grid that he will leave as champion next year, to enlist again as a naranjito but already in Moto2. Acosta arrived at Red Bull KTM Ajo on the rebound, because he was going to race with the Prustel team, but Raúl Fernández’s unexpected jump to Moto2 made him a hole in the orange formation that has led him to the throne in his first attempt. Impressive.

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