Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM) is revolutionizing Moto3 racing, the small motorcycle category of the Motorcycle World Championship. When others, in the year of his debut in the championship, try to learn and take it easy, he spends the weeks thinking that there are no impossibles. In his first race, at the end of March in Qatar, he finished second. In the second, and despite leaving from the pit lane Due to a penalty, he made a spectacular comeback on the same stage and won the race. This Sunday he repeated the feat on the Algarve circuit. And he has won his second consecutive grand prize. He is only 16 years old.
Acosta, a pilot from Mazarrón (Murcia), has made history at the Portuguese GP. No one was ever so precocious and so brilliant in their world premiere. The Spanish is the first that manages to chain three podiums in his first three races since Daijiro Kato achieved it for the first time, although the ill-fated Japanese did so in three Japanese Grand Prix in 1996, 1997 and 1998 as a guest and before becoming in official pilot of the World Cup.
Acosta, who started this Sunday from 12th position, was soon among the front group. “This morning I told my team: ‘Well, I’m going to enjoy the first minutes, then I’ll take the trophy and go home.” Pure self-confidence, he thinks what he says and keeps his promises. “The strategy was to shoot and try to break the rhythm like Raúl did. [Fernández, piloto de KTM en 2020] last year. But when I saw that it was not going to be possible, I thought, well, I’ll stay here and I’ll find my life to finish first ”. And he sought it out.
He began to move with five laps to go. Between the ups and downs of the Portuguese circuit it was making a gap. Trying and making mistakes, like when he went long when trying a vertigo overtaking in full descent. Second from the fifth lap, he studied Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing), who led the pack almost from the start, and sentenced on the last lap.
His courage on the track, typical of his age and category, does not find opposition, however, in a category in which talent gushes forth. Acosta seems to have something else. Champion last year of the Red Bull Rookies Club, that one-make championship that recruits the best riders in the world who are not yet old enough to debut in the World Championship, the Murcian took advantage of the knowledge he had from previous years of the Portuguese track to continue surprising the paddock. And it does not rule out anything. He didn’t even fight for the World Cup in his debut year. “If we continue working like this, I think that at the end of the year we can do something good.” For the moment, the results confirm him as the leader of Moto3, with the second classified, his teammate Jaume Masià, who fell, to 31 points.