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There is no longer any doubt to have: after only three Grands Prix, we must already discuss the future in MotoGP of Pedro Acosta and his positioning at KTM. There is not a driver in the elite Grand Prix field who does not recognize in this rookie, just over 19 years old, a pure talent who will have to be counted on for years to come. In Mattighofen, obviously, we wonder about this nugget that must be honored with a setting in unison with its influence which radiates throughout the paddock. A reflection in progress...

A Austin, on a route known to be both physically and technically demanding, Peter Acosta gained even more of its credentials by showing itself as one of the favorites for victory. It has become impossible to miss what must be clearly identified as a phenomenon. Moreover, the double consecutive world champion in MotoGP and official Ducati Pecco Bagnaia make no mistake when declaring in Texas:

« Pedro Acosta impressed me more than I expected » recognizes the Italian. “ He is really very fast. He doesn't care about anything, not even tires. He has no fear. Fighting like that without having any experience is awesome. I just have to give him a big shout out. Him and the KTM make a very good combination! I'm happy for him. But I want to be in front of them again, that's my goal ". Like one more knighthood.

News cover photo: Pedro Acosta

Pit Beirer: “ all our riders have flexible contracts which allow them to race for any team under our KTM banner »

And at KTM ? We obviously realized that Peter Acosta started the 2024 MotoGP season by breaking early records. HAS Portimao, he became the youngest rider to reach a podium in MotoGP. Then, at Austin, he continued his momentum by qualifying second on the grid, becoming the youngest person to reach the front row, and finishing second in the race. These outstanding performances put him ahead of established KTM factory riders, Brad Binder et Jack Miller, sparking rumors of a possible promotion to the KTM factory team during the season.

These rumors remind a precedent of Red Bull Racing in Formula 1Where Max Verstappen had been promoted to the main team after just four races in 2016, a move that paid off with immediate victory at Barcelona. However, when Motorsport-Magazine.com questioned Pete Beirer, director of KTM Motorsport, he made it clear that promoting Acosta during the season was not envisaged. “ Pedro's achievements are remarkable, but we don't plan to change. All our drivers have flexible contracts which allow them to race for any team under our banner, but an in-season reshuffle is not anticipated, " has explained Beirer.

As for the current performance of Binder et Miller, Beirer acknowledged dissatisfactions, pointing to physical challenges and injuries, but remains optimistic about the team's ability to overcome these obstacles. “ We now have two successful pilots, which helps us to better identify and address the weaknesses of our motorcycle. This will definitely make us stronger in the future,” he added, highlighting the positive impact of the competitiveness ofAcosta on the team.

MotoGP, Austin J3: classification

3443

Championship after Austin: 

32

Credit classification motogp.com

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