(Motorinformed.com) – The last race weekend of the Motorcycle World Championship 2021 will take place on Sunday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia. In the Moto3 class, Pedro Acosta can calmly approach the final, as he has been confirmed as world champion early.
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In his first season in the motorcycle world championship, Pedro Acosta drove straight to the title
Acosta thus enjoys the same luxury as Fabio Quartararo, who for his part has already been declared world champion in the MotoGP class in 2021. Acosta fixed the Moto3 title last weekend in Portimao, with Darryn Binder’s controversial maneuver against Dennis Foggia playing on his cards in the last round.
The circumstances of how the World Cup decision was made should not hide the fact that Acosta had a sovereign season. After all, it was the first season on the World Cup stage for the only 17-year-old Spaniard. In this he won six races and as a rookie the world title.
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Acosta will also drive for the Ajo team in 2022, but then in the Zoom Moto2 class
Acosta has already had its contract for promotion to the Moto2 class for weeks. There he will drive in the 2022 season for the same team for which he became Moto3 World Champion in the 2021 season: Aki Ajo’s team.
Looking back, Acosta, the newly crowned Moto3 world champion, says: “Less than a year ago I had nothing. Then came Ajo and KTM. They didn’t just give me a team, they gave me a family.”
What does Acosta mean by “nothing”? Originally, he should have contested the Moto3 World Cup in 2021 for the PrüstelGP team. But despite an agreement that had already been reached, nothing came of this. The then 16-year-old had to look for a new team without further ado. Aki Ajo grabbed it and now, less than twelve months later, Acosta Ajo and KTM are very grateful.
“I didn’t win alone. Without the team, I’m nobody. These people believe in me in every situation,” says the new Moto3 world champion, recalling the difficult moments of his season: “They believed in me when I was in Crashed Le Mans four times when I was only 25th at Silverstone. [in der Startaufstellung] was, and also in all other races. “
“And they have never lost their smile on their faces. That is why it is clear to me that I did not win this world title on my own. We won it together,” said Acosta about the Ajo troupe, who have been closely involved for a decade KTM works together.
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Acosta finished his Moto3 debut in Qatar in March with second place straight away on the podium. Then he raced to victory three times in a row. Four podium places in the first four starts in the motorcycle world championship, nobody had achieved that before him.
Acosta highlights Portimao as the decisive race on the way to the world title – not the second Portimao race last Sunday, but the first Portimao race, which he won in the photo finish in mid-April.
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Photo finish in April in Portimao: Pedro Acosta 0.051 seconds ahead of Dennis Foggia Zoom
“I won there after it was a tough fight up to the last lap. I didn’t make a lot of mistakes back then,” said Acosta, thinking back to the close duel with his eventual title rival Dennis Foggia.
Acosta sees another as the most spectacular race: “That was the second Qatar race. That was just a dream.” With this, the Ajo driver remembers his first Grand Prix victory. It came about in just his second race after a sensational race to catch up. Because Acosta had to start the race from the pit lane.
Directly after Losail 2 came the victory in Portimao 1. Directly afterwards, Acosta also won in Jerez. Together with his second place from Losail 1, it was the four races with which the Spaniard set the record of consecutive podium places at the World Cup entry.
Acosta just missed another record, namely the age record. When he won the world title last Sunday at Portimao 2 with his sixth win of the season, the Spaniard was 17 years and 166 days old. Acosta is not the youngest motorcycle world champion of all time.
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Loris Capirossi: Keeping the record as youngest world champion (1990) just about zoom
Loris Capirossi was 17 years and 165 days old when he won the title in the 1990 season in the then 125cc class – a single day younger. “I don’t really think about that,” says Acosta and doesn’t want to know anything about a comparison: “They were different eras.”
But Capirossi and Acosta have one thing in common: Both became world champions in their first World Cup season. In the 30 years in between, no other driver has succeeded.