Acosta started 2023 with a clear objective and demonstrated his quality from the first race. The start of the season at the Portuguese Grand Prix was also the start of a run of great results, with the first victory of the year in Portimao. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider won again in Austinwhile in the Spanish Grand Prix he was second.
A crash in France meant his only race without points this season. Subsequently, Acosta completed the first half of the season with an almost perfect streak, winning at Mugello and Sachsenring and being third at Assen. In this way, he closed the gap in the classification and even increased his advantage in each race.
It’s nice to be on the list of champions and with incredible names
Upon returning from the summer break was when the pace picked up, at the same time showing his maturity in the intermediate category and demonstrating his ability to manage and adapt to each of the Grand Prix. Silverstone and Austria again saw Acosta on the podium, third and second respectively. San Marino, India and Indonesia were also the scene of new victoriesand a podium finish in Japan with a third place finish kept his streak going.
At the Thai Grand Prix, Acosta had his first chance to take the title and, after his second place, this weekend he has increased his chances for the title even more. With his second position after a great race in Sepang, Pedro Acosta is now two-time world champion after a spectacular season in Moto2.
“It’s nice to be on the list of champions and with incredible names”, declared Pedro Acosta after the Moto2 podium. “Last year I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of falls. This is my third year with Aki and working with him we decided to start from scratch and put all the mistakes under the same bag.”
“Last year we tried to find the right set-up with the bike, but I was also too young and light for Moto2, so we took a big step in winter and improved overall, also with my head and my experience. I knew what I had to do. We took more steps. The weekends were not easy and at times it was difficult to make up ground, but we made progress. The objective was to be competitive and that’s it“.
“Thank you Pedro!” said Aki Ajo, director of Red Bull KTM Ajo. “It has been an impressive three years working with him, a guy who surprises us every day with his maturity and intelligence. The most pleasant thing is not just winning the two titles together, perhaps it is even more the feeling that we created together with Pedro, his family and the entire team.”
“I also want to thank the team for their great effort and support all the way to 2023. Our partners have also contributed a lot and the relationship with the management of Pierer Mobility and Red Bull is closer than ever. We are happy to successfully be part of the KTM GP Academy and Pedro should have a bright future in MotoGP. “It will be fascinating to see how he does next season and beyond.”
Álex Márquez, the best of ours in MotoGP
It has been a fantastic weekend and we still need something to make it perfect
“Perhaps the only mistake I made today was not trying to overtake Enea at the beginning, but it was too fast,” said Álex. “It has been a fantastic weekend and we still need something to make it perfect, but we still have two Grand Prix to try again. We leave Sepang with good feelings and we want to continue improving.”
The one from San Sebastián de los Reyes leaves Sepang with 14 points behind the leader, Bagnaia, one more than how he arrived after Thailand. With 74 points left until the end of the season, and as the only ones mathematically in a position to take the crown -Marco Bezzecchi is mathematically out of the battle-, Pecco could get his first match ball in the Qatar GP race next week.
Marc Márquez gets into the points
The threats of rain throughout the weekend have remained that way: the circuit has remained dry throughout the premier class weekend. The short ten-minute Warm Up session offered the Repsol Honda Team one last opportunity to evaluate its set-up. before launching into the afternoon race.
Today I managed everything and I was able to at least score some points
“It has been a difficult Sunday to end a difficult weekend, really everything came from qualifying on Saturday,” said the one from Cervera. “From 20th place it is always difficult and my feelings with the bike were similar to those of the Sprint race. Yesterday I pushed and fell, today I managed everything and was able to at least score some points. Another difficult race awaits us in Qatar, where we can try to improve our situation and our results.”
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