In motorcycling, when mere mortals move to a new category, they usually need time to adapt to the bike, the competition, and the class itself. But this isn’t the case for Pedro Acosta who, at just sixteen years of age, landed in the Moto3 world championship and immediately reached the podium, before going on to win the second race of the season. His performance was nothing short of masterful, the rider starting from pitlane before crossing the line first.

His inspiration

The Mazarrón rider has continued to stand out, scoring a further three wins and earning points whenever a victory hasn’t been possible. He enjoys the summer break as championship leader, 48 points ahead of second-placed rider Sergio Garcia, and 72 ahead of Dennis Foggia, third. In an interview with MCN, the now 17-year old admits: “I’d like to be 90% Marc Marquez and bring 10% of the spectacle of Casey Stoner or Kevin Schwantz”.

His fellow countryman is his reference: “I’d take almost everything that Márquez has, because when he wins it’s because he’s stronger. He has something different to other riders. Even in 125, he rode in a different way to everyone else. Studying him has helped me improve my riding. And this, combined with his grit, his hunger and his unquestionable talent, is helping him to write a new page in the motorcycle history books. Incredible, without a doubt.

Translated by Heather Watson

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