(Motorinformed.com) – Rookie Pedro Acosta also won the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez in 2021. The KTM rider celebrated his third victory in the fourth race of the season. For the first time in the history of the motorcycle world championship, a rookie stood on the podium in his first four world championship races. For Aki Ajo’s team, including the final last year, it was the fifth Moto3 victory in a row (on the race result).
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Pedro Acosta (37) continued his successful run at the home race in Jerez
“It wasn’t easy,” says Acosta. “Usually I don’t get along with my driving style quite as well on this track. Deniz and Romano were faster. Before the race, Aki said to me: ‘If you have a chance of victory, drive it in. If not, take it the points with. Later in the year they might be important. ‘”
Acosta has collected 95 out of a possible 100 championship points in the first four races. His lead over Niccolo Antonelli (KTM) is 51 points (compared to the overall championship standings).
At the start of the 22-lap race, Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) prevailed from pole position. There were no incidents in the first corners, but then John McPhee (Honda) highsidered on the first lap at Turn 7.
The Scot has not collected any championship points in any of the four races of the season. The crash tore a small gap in the field. A leading group formed with Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda), Suzuki, Darryn Binder (Honda), Andrea Migno (Honda), Ayumu Sasaki (KTM) and Romano Fenati (Husqvarna).
Acosta worked its way up from 13th on the grid to eighth in the initial phase. The obligatory large leading group formed with countless overtaking maneuvers. With seven drivers it was already clear before the start of the race that they had to take the long lap penalty due to penalties.
On the fifth lap, Rodrigo flew off in turn 7 by highsider. The Argentine had led the race at this point. Acosta was on the rise. In the sixth round, the World Cup leader was already third and in the fight for the lead (look up all the action in the ticker!).
In the eighth lap, Acosta took the lead from his KTM brand colleague Deniz Öncü for the first time. However, Acosta was unable to break away and was overtaken by Binder and Öncü again. Ten laps before the end of the race, Suzuki said goodbye by falling into Turn 2.
The KTM trio Öncü, Acosta and Jaume Masia led the race for long stretches. Seven laps before the end of the race, a group of these three KTM riders, Fenati, Binder, Sasaki and Migno, pulled away from the pursuers.
Chaos in the last corner of the last lap
On the penultimate lap, Acosta was able to intercept a highsider at the exit of the Pedrosa curve. As a result, Öncü and Masia at the front had a small lead over Fenati, Acosta and Migno. Öncü started the last lap with a lead in front of Masia. Acosta was third.
In turn 6, Acosta braked past Masia and Öncü in a maneuver and took the lead. Then Acosta blocked the inside line in front of the target curve. Chaos broke out behind it. Öncü fell on the brakes and hit Masia in the side. Binder was also thrown to the ground.
While Öncü, Masia and Binder tumbled into the gravel, Acosta drove to his third victory in the fourth race. Fenati and Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) finished second and third on the podium. The latter had to take the long lap penalty twice.
Migno and Sasaki completed the top 5. The Saxon PrüstelGP team also achieved top 10 results with Jason Dupasquier (7th place) and Ryusei Yamanaka (10th place). A total of 24 drivers saw the checkered flag.
Maximilian Kofler (KTM) did not collect any World Championship points in Jerez. Because of track limits, he also had to drive a long lap penalty. The Austrian ended a difficult weekend in 19th place.
The next Grand Prix will take place on May 16 in Le Mans (France).