Pedro Acosta Makes Phenomenal MotoGP Debut at 19 Years Old

19-year-old Spanish rider Pedro Acosta makes a remarkable MotoGP debut, achieving two podiums and setting precocity records. His success could attract new fans and sponsors to the sport as MotoGP aims to grow in the US.

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Pedro Acosta Makes Phenomenal MotoGP Debut at 19 Years Old

Pedro Acosta Makes Phenomenal MotoGP Debut at 19 Years Old

Pedro Acosta, the 19-year-old Spanish rider from the GASGAS Tech3 team, has made a remarkable debut in the 2024 MotoGP season. In just three races, Acosta has already achieved two podium finishes and set several precocity records, establishing himself as one of the most exciting new talents in the premier class of motorcycle racing.

At the recent Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Acosta secured second place, becoming the youngest rider ever to achieve two consecutive MotoGP podiums at 19 years, 10 months and 20 days old. This surpassed the previous record held by Eduardo Salatino and Randy Mamona. Acosta had already finished third at the Portuguese GP, making him the third youngest rider to achieve a top-three finish in the class.

Former MotoGP rider Kevin Schwantz praised Acosta, calling him a "new great phenomenon " and stating that his riding skills speak for themselves. Schwantz believes that as Acosta gains more experience, he will uncover race techniques and be able to challenge for victories. After three races, Acosta sits fourth in the championship standings with 54 points, being one of three riders to step on the podium twice so far this season, along with Jorge Martín and Enea Bastianini.

Acosta's impressive performances in his rookie MotoGP season have generated significant buzz and interest in the sport. His rapid rise through the ranks and record-breaking achievements at such a young age suggest he could become a major force in MotoGP for years to come, potentially attracting new fans and sponsors to the series.

Acosta's success comes at a time when MotoGP is positioned for growth in the United States following the acquisition of the series' commercial rights by Liberty Media, the owner of Formula 1. With the entry of the American Trackhouse Racing team and a new broadcast deal with TNT Sports, MotoGP is aiming to capitalize on the rising popularity of motorsports in the U.S. and attract a new generation of fans.

Despite his impressive results, KTM motorsport director Pit Beirer stated that moving Acosta to the factory team mid-season is "not an option" for them at this time. Beirer acknowledged that KTM's current factory riders, Jack Miller and Brad Binder, have not performed as well so far, but believes Acosta's emergence will help the team better analyze the weaknesses of their motorcycle and make improvements. As Beirer noted, "The season is still long , we will continue to fight for every point."

Key Takeaways

  • 19-year-old Spanish rider Pedro Acosta makes remarkable MotoGP debut with 2 podiums.
  • Acosta sets precocity records, becoming youngest to achieve 2 consecutive MotoGP podiums.
  • Former MotoGP rider Kevin Schwantz calls Acosta a "new great phenomenon" in the sport.
  • Acosta's success comes as MotoGP aims to grow popularity in the US market.
  • KTM motorsport director says moving Acosta to factory team mid-season is not an option.