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Motorcycles Jerez Moto3: KTM rookie Acosta scores third straight win

13:30  02 may  2021
13:30  02 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Pedro Acosta claimed an historic third Moto3 victory in the Spanish Grand Prix while chaos erupted at the final corner of a dramatic Jerez race.

a man riding a motorcycle on a track: Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo

Ajo KTM rider Acosta has become the first grand prix rookie in history to score four podiums from their first four races, after riding a perfect final lap to claim his third-straight win to pull out a commanding 51-point lead in the championship.

Poleman Tatsuki Suzuki grabbed the holeshot off the line from the Snipers Honda of Andrea Migno and Gabriel Rodrigo on the Gresini Honda.

Rodrigo and Suzuki engaged over the lead on lap two, with the former making a move stick at the Peluqui right-hander and was able to put a few bike lengths between himself and the SIC58 Honda.

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Pedro Acosta won in Moto 3 and Raul Fernandez in Moto2™ for the first chapter of the MotoGP™ season on European soil. Red Bull KTM Ajo entered the Grand Prix at the spectacular and technical Autódromo Internacional do Algarve as undefeated in 2021 Moto 3 thanks to the opening round victories by Jaume Masia and Pedro Acosta In Qatar. The two Spaniards were in the hunt for the top lap-times during Free Practice and Qualification that hinted at their competitiveness for the race on Sunday morning.

But the Gresini rider’s charge ended on lap five when he highsided out of the race at the Turn 7 left-hander – the second big crash there after Petronas Sprinta’s John McPhee was flung from his Honda on the opening lap to leave his title hopes in tatters.

Rodrigo’s exit promoted Tech 3 KTM’s Deniz Oncu to the lead, though he would briefly drop behind Migno after running wide on the way into the final corner at the end of the fifth lap.

The Turkish rider returned to the lead a corner later, while behind championship leader Acosta ghosted his way into the podium places having started 13th.

And on lap eight Acosta moved ahead of Oncu at the Pedrosa right-hander, though Oncu would be back at the head of the pack by lap 10.

In typical Moto3 fashion, the battle for victory turned chaotic in the closing stages, with Oncu, Acosta and Max Racing’s Romano Fenati on the Husqvarna all hitting the front.

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Tatsuki Suzuki claimed his third successive pole at Jerez ahead of the Moto 3 Spanish Grand Prix. The SIC 58 Squadra Corse rider followed Jaume Masia in taking the chequered flag after another episode of leaving the pits late ended Moto 3 qualifying. Unlike most, the Japanese rider had already set a handful of fast laps, with his best of 1m 45.807s leading the way. It continues a strong run of qualifying success at Jerez for the number 24, becoming his third pole in a row after also managing the feat at both of the races held at the track last season, where he went on to win the Andalucian round.

Oncu led the field at the start of the penultimate lap, leading a Red Bull KTM 1-2-3 ahead of the Ajo pair of Acosta and Jaume Masia.

Masia tried to go around the outside of Oncu into the Pedrosa corner, but the Turkish rider defended the position.

That duo was able to break away slightly as Acosta almost highsided out of third, dropping him behind Fenati who had to check up slightly.

But Acosta got back on terms with Masia and Oncu ahead onto the final lap and pulled of a stunning double overtake on the brakes into the Pedrosa corner to take the lead.

Acosta had his KTM stablemates of Masia and Oncu all over him on the run through the final sector, but the 16-year-old held a tight defensive line into the last turn to maintain his lead through to the chequered flag.

With the door to the lead shut, Oncu came into the last corner too hot and tucked the front, wiping out a furious Masia and compounding Petronas Sprinta’s miserable day by taking down Darryn Binder too.

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Injured rookie Jorge Martin is being replaced at Pramac by Rabat, while Bradl is making his first wild-card of the season after racing as a replacement for Marquez in Qatar. Marquez, sidelined for nine months after complications to a broken right arm at Jerez last July, is taking part in his second event since returning to MotoGP action in Portimao. Fastest FP1 time: Brad Binder RSA KTM 1m 38.013s Official Jerez MotoGP records: Best lap: Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 36.584s (2020) Fastest race lap: Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 38.051s (2019).

This allowed Fenati to secure his first podium of the season in second, while Jeremy Alcoba on the remaining Gresini Honda completed the rostrum having had to serve two long lap penalties.

Migno was fourth ahead of Ayumu Sasaki on the other Tech 3 KTM and Avintia’s Carlos Tatay, with Prustel GP’s Jason Dupasquier, Niccolo Antonelli (Avintia), Leopard’s Xavi Artigas and Prustel’s Ryusei Yamanaka completing the top 10.

Early leader Suzuki’s hopes of a podium ended on lap 13 when he crashed at Turn 2.

Race results:

Cla#RiderBikeGap
137 Pedro Acosta KTM
255 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 0.417
352 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 0.527
416 Andrea Migno Honda 0.548
571 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 0.971
699 Carlos Tatay KTM 0.997
750 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1.043
823 Niccolo Antonelli KTM 1.144
943 Xavier Artigas Honda 1.383
106 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1.596
1128 Izan Guevara GASGAS 3.986
1212 Filip Salač Honda 4.389
1311 Sergio García GASGAS 5.191
1492 Yuki Kunii Honda 7.204
1582 Stefano Nepa KTM 8.194
1627 Kaito Toba KTM 12.822
1754 Riccardo Rossi KTM 12.869
1819 Andi Gilang Honda 12.990
1973 Maximilian Kofler KTM 17.318
2053 Deniz Öncü KTM 18.162
215 Jaume Masia KTM 19.439
2240 Darryn Binder Honda 25.337
2320 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 32.323
2431 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 46.228
7 Dennis Foggia Honda
24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda
2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda
17 John McPhee Honda
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Marquez: Star Moto3 rookie Acosta will be in MotoGP “soon” .
Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is convinced star Moto3 rookie Pedro Acosta “will arrive soon” to the premier class after his breakout start to his grand prix career. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Race winner Pedro Acosta, Red Bull KTM Ajo The 16-year-old has stunned the motorcycle racing world in the first three races of his world championship career, having finished second and won twice – with his maiden win at the Doha Grand Prix coming from pitlane. This has left the Ajo KTM rider 31 points clear in the championship coming to this weekend’s Spanish GP at Jerez.

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