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Pedro Acosta wins the Moto3 world championship in his rookie year

KTM has won the Moto3 World Championship for the second year in a row. Red Bull KTM Ajo rider and KTM GP Academy star, Pedro Acosta, capped a magnificent rookie season in Grand Prix racing by confirming his first ‘gold medal’ at seventeen years of age at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve in Portugal.

Pedro Acosta started the 21-lap race knowing he was less than an hour away from putting his name in the world championship record books. Finishing ahead of sole title threat Dennis Foggia was enough in terms of points needed and before MotoGP travelled to the last round in Valencia.

Pedro Acosta

The Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve in Portugal represented the second trip to the circuit in 2021, as the Portimao course hosted round three of the series in April. A chilly but sunny climate graced the second-to-last race of the year and Moto3 launched the Sunday program at 12.20 CET.

Acosta moved up from 14th on the grid and was part of a frantic chase between an eight-rider group for the podium. The lead changed numerous times with fellow Red Bull KTM Ajo racer Jaume Masia also in contention until a late fall at Turn 5. When Foggia was a victim of contact on the final lap and crashed, 17-year-old Acosta was free to charge to the finish line and confirmation of his crown. Niccolo Antonelli made sure of his fourth podium of 2021 in 3rd place. Ayumu Sasaki was less than two seconds from Acosta in 6th while Daniel Holgado – substituting Deniz Öncü – took his first world championship points for 13th.

Pedro Acosta

Acosta, the 2020 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion, made an instant and lasting impact on Moto3 in his first attempt. He finished 2nd on his debut in Qatar but then sensationally won his second outing at the Losail International Circuit despite starting from pitlane. He added another four wins in the following eight Grands Prix to power to the top of the standings and remain in place.

For the second year in succession, KTM began championship celebrations in Portimao after Albert Arenas had won the 2020 Moto3 competition at the same site.

Pedro Acosta

Pedro Acosta: “I feel like I have nothing to say at the moment! I did the warm-down lap crying. I can only say thanks to the team, Aki, KTM and Red Bull. They gave me a family this year. Thanks to all the guys that send me messages every day. To all the people pushing me: this championship is for them.”

Pedro Acosta

Pedro Acosta, Moto3 race, Algarve MotoGP

Results Moto3 Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve in Portugal 2021
1 25 37 Pedro ACOSTA SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 151.9 38’04.339
2 20 16 Andrea MIGNO ITA Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 151.9 +0.354
3 16 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA Avintia VR46 KTM 151.9 +0.880
4 13 52 Jeremy ALCOBA SPA Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 Honda 151.8 +1.768
5 11 28 Izan GUEVARA SPA MuchoNeumatico GASGAS Aspar Team GASGAS 151.8 +1.839
6 10 71 Ayumu SASAKI JPN Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 151.8 +1.874
7 9 55 Romano FENATI ITA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 151.8 +1.972
8 8 43 Xavier ARTIGAS SPA Leopard Racing Honda 151.8 +2.333
9 7 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 151.7 +3.423
10 6 12 Filip SALAC CZE CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 151.5 +6.591
11 5 31 Adrian FERNANDEZ SPA Sterilgarda Max Racing Team Husqvarna 151.5 +6.940
12 4 99 Carlos TATAY SPA Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 KTM 151.3 +9.392
13 3 96 Daniel HOLGADO SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 151.3 +9.930
14 2 66 Joel KELSO AUS CIP Green Power KTM 151.3 +9.996
15 1 67 Alberto SURRA ITA Rivacold Snipers Team Honda 151.2 +10.416
16 82 Stefano NEPA ITA BOE Owlride KTM 151.2 +11.650
17 20 Lorenzo FELLON FRA SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda 151.1 +11.695
18 54 Riccardo ROSSI ITA BOE Owlride KTM 151.1 +11.736
19 5 Jaume MASIA SPA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 151.0 +13.616
20 92 Yuki KUNII JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 150.0 +30.001
21 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA JPN CarXpert PruestelGP KTM 149.9 +30.183
22 19 Andi Farid IZDIHAR INA Honda Team Asia Honda 149.9 +30.249